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Food for Life


Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Lazy Cooking

The weather has finally cooled off, and although I am relieved to not be sweltering in humidity anymore, now I get to complain about how cold I am. It gets dark earlier, which sets a signal in our brains that it’s time to hibernate. It’s time to curl up under the blanket, stay home, eat carbs, and watch TV.

Like so many others, I enjoy this time of year when I can cook warm comforting food again. I have been looking forward to homemade soups, squash in the oven warming up my kitchen, and mashed potatoes with gravy. The greatest part of this autumn season is easily all of the pumpkin. I know I have shared pumpkin recipes before in this column, but there so many things to do with it.

But I would like to steer away from dessert a little, mostly because I have been indulging in them a bit much lately, and the holidays aren’t even here. I’m going to talk about lazy cooking.

We have all been there. Most of us work full-time job and/or have kids and very full schedules. I have found that I do not have as much time anymore to experiment with new recipes, except on the weekends. During the week, I tend to make quicker meals, and sometimes, in a state of fatigue and apathy, I sacrifice nutritional value. Especially when the cold weather kicks in and makes me feel drowsy.

How can we avoid this? I know of some ways, but they involve preparation ahead of time, something else I am not good at. I am a last minute kind of girl. I would like to work on that.

Making meals that can be frozen and having them available to heat up on short notice is a great plan. I love doing this with soup, casseroles, or with burritos. They can also be taken to work for a quick, nutritious lunch.

There are also many websites out there that can help you make a meal that is quick and easy without sacrificing your health and resorting to frozen pizza.

I try not to buy packaged processed foods very often, but this recipe is one that I made up one night when I had a package of wild rice mix in my cupboard. It turned out to be delicious and easy, and something I go to now when I am low on time or ambition, or when I am not overly concerned about my sodium intake. It’s a cop-out, but at least there are some good nutrients in there. It’s also a very inexpensive meal.



Wild Rice

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Free car seat and booster seat check event

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Extra seat belt enforcement activities will be taking place from October 12-26. The Minnesota Primary Seat Belt law requires drivers and all passengers to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint or booster seat. Children in Minnesota must ri ..... 
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Harmony blood drive exceeds goal by 3

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The Harmony blood drive held on September 25, 2012, exceeded its goal of 61 by collecting 64 units. There were 65 donors presenting, of which seven were first-time donors. In addition to exceeding our goal, the following milestones were reached by ..... 
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Donated blood saves lives of transplant patients

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

This October during National Liver Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages people across the country to focus on liver health. Recently, two patients at a hospital served by the Red Cross Mid-America Blood Services Division underwent liv ..... 
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Healthy you should avoid the flu!

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it becomes available. It is especially important for you to receive vaccination if you have asthma, ..... 
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Give blood during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Help the American Red Cross meet the needs of patients by donating blood during September – National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell anemia is a disease which affects 70, 000 people in the United States, most of them of African descent, b ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony September 25

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Ty ..... 
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Out of the Darkness Walk- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Rochester, MN – In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide ..... 
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What to look for in an elder care facility

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As men and women enter their golden years, many decide they can no longer maintain their homes and choose to downgrade to something smaller, be it an apartment or a condominium. For millions of others, health plays a significant role when deciding w ..... 
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