❁ Uncooked (dried) lentils are inexpensive. Purchase them pre-packaged or from bulk bins.
❁ Cooked lentils are available canned or frozen but may cost more. Rinse canned lentils under fresh water to lower the sodium content.
■ Store dried lentils in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry place. Use within 1 year for best flavor and less cooking time.
■ Cooked lentils can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. Divide into recipe-sized portions for quick use.
❁ Lentils do not need to be soaked, and cook more quickly than beans.
❁ Check the package or bulk bin for cooking time.
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it.
Show kids how to:
❁ find and remove small rocks or other seeds and plant parts from dried lentils.
❁ use a colander to rinse lentils under cool running water.
❁ wash or chop vegetables.
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:
❁ grate cheese with a box grater.
❁ measure and mix ingredients.
❁ sprinkle cheese and filling on tortillas.
❁ cut quesadillas with a pizza cutter.
■ Store cheese in the refrigerator. Soft cheeses may only keep for a week. The harder the cheese, the longer it can be stored.
❁ Some cheeses are made with mold that is safe to eat (Brie, Camembert or blue cheese). Mold that is not part of the cheese-making process can cause illness. If you see mold on sliced, shredded, crumbled or soft cheese, throw away all of the cheese.
❁ Watch for sale prices and coupons.
❁ Compare cost per ounce to decide which package is the best buy.
❁ Sliced or grated cheese may cost more than cheese in a block.
❁ Choose firm, compact Brussels sprouts that are green and heavy for their size. They look like tiny cabbages.
❁ Brussels sprouts are available as individual sprouts or still attached to the stalk. Choose sprouts that are the same size so they will cook in the same amount of time.
❁ Most Brussels sprouts are green but red or purple have been developed as specialty crops.
❁ Brussels sprouts are similar to cabbage but have a milder taste and denser texture.
❁ Overcooked Brussels sprouts turn olive green and have an unpleasant sulfur odor.