Archive for July 2008

The Baby Watch Is Over

Nonna Joann • July 22nd, 2008 • Nonna's Relations

I thought waiting for a baby was difficult when I was the one pregnant. The last 4 weeks seemed as long as the first eight months!
But, I think it’s even harder when you’re waiting for a grandbaby.
We now have 7.
Some came to us by way of adoption, some biological.
All are loved.
Each grandbaby is special. The circumstance which each [...]

Simple Kitchen Changes

Nonna Joann • July 22nd, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Make some simple changes in your kitchen to save time.
In the 1950’s, researchers developed the concept of the kitchen work triangle: the sink, stove, and refrigerator. If you think about it, before 1950, all kitchens had was a sink, stove, ice box, and a table. The work triangle concept kept steps to a minimum in [...]

Junk Food Is, Well, Junk

Nonna Joann • July 15th, 2008 • Horrible Foods

Morgan Spurlock, producer, director, and guinea pig of Super-Size Me, shocked America by documenting his month-long fast-food binge. I had no desire to watch his movie…until recently. I thought the premise was preposterous, after all, who wouldn’t expect to gain weight after eating exclusively at McDonalds?
I couldn’t have been more wrong. Supersize-Me, actually shed light [...]

Food or Nutritents

Nonna Joann • July 15th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Finally, an article about daily nutrients that makes perfect “Nonna-sense”!
In a recent academic review, a University of Minnesota professor in the School of Public Health has concluded that food, as opposed to specific nutrients, may be key to having a healthy diet.
Do you think it could be that simple? Food gurus all have different points [...]

Cookin’ Has Gone to the Dogs

Nonna Joann • July 7th, 2008 • Nonna's Relations

I wouldn’t have believed it if you told me a few years ago, that I’d be making casseroles for my dogs. I thought I was feeding them the most nutritious of dog foods. In fact, it was a brand sold in whole foods stores.
I mused about it in my book, Baby Bites, “There’s something out [...]

Kids Eat Too Much Sugar

Nonna Joann • July 3rd, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

It’s really no surprise that kids eat too much sugar. We already know that. But it’s good to have it backed up with facts. According to an online article from the Journal of Pediatrics, the health of preschoolers is seriously compromised: by the amount of sugar in their diets!
They found that preschoolers are eating 14 to [...]

Left-Over Refrigerator Rice Salad

Nonna Joann • July 1st, 2008 • Salads & Sandwiches

Too hot or too tired to cook? Throw together this quick and easy salad with refrigerator leftovers and items from your pantry. This is a refreshing meal for a hot day and a good way to clean out your refrigerator. For snappy meals make brown rice once a week, just heat up a portion for [...]

Picky Eaters Love ‘Ratatouille’

Nonna Joann • July 1st, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

When Ratatouille first came out, I was intrigued by the promos (or perhaps it was just the title). My husband and I went to view it—childless. Our grandchildren live an hour’s drive from us and I couldn’t wait to see the latest Disney fare. When it became available on video, my husband purchased a copy so we [...]

3-Grain Mexican Salad

Nonna Joann • July 1st, 2008 • Salads & Sandwiches

3-Grain Mexican Salad is a scrumptious dinner or a tastely dish to bring to a potluck. You’ll want to make enough to have planned-overs for lunch.
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup each of cooked barley, brown rice, and defrosted corn.
1 15 oz can rinsed and drained black beans, ½ cup chopped green onions (about [...]

Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad

Nonna Joann • July 1st, 2008 • Salads & Sandwiches

Going on a picnic or to a barbeque or a pot luck?
Take along a yummy broccoli and cauliflower salad. This recipe makes enough for a crowd and it’s easy to make.
Cut 1 head broccoli and 1 head cauliflower into bite-size pieces. Place in a colander and rinse and drain.
Finely chop 1 medium red or yellow [...]