Do you love sushi but also love the ocean? Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium offers some tips for making your sushi dinner as sustainable as possible.
— Look for U.S.-sourced Alaskan King Crab over crab from Asia, Russia and Argentina.
— Search for pole-caught albacore from the U.S. or Canada as an alternative to bluefin tuna.
— If you are at a restaurant, ask your server or cook if they serve sustainable seafood. Listen to their knowledgeable suggestions.
— Fishing method makes a difference! Yellowtail is best when fished with hooks and lines, but yellowtail farmed in Australia and Japan should be avoided.
— Use fresh salmon instead of canned for recipes like salmon patties.
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5 reasons to snack on strawberries
Need a reason to add strawberries to your diet? Check out these reasons why the fruit is worth it, according to CaliforniaStrawberries.com:
1. Naturally sweet, yet low in sugar: One serving of eight strawberries has only 50 calories and eight grams of sugar.
2. Bursting with nutrients: Filled with antioxidants, potassium and fiber, strawberries don’t stop there: A single serving has more vitamin C than an orange.
3. Helps with cognitive function: According to a study in the Annals of Neurology, eating strawberries at least twice per week may delay cognitive aging by two and a half years, which includes improvement in memory and motor function.
4. Snacks anyone will love: Both kids and adults love a good strawberry snack.
5. Great for diabetes management: The nutrient-packed berries are a great option for those with diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association lists strawberries as a top superfood for diabetic meal plans.
Tips for bonding with kids over cooking
Cooking with kids is just plain fun. Everyone likes good food, and being in the kitchen together offers an excellent opportunity to work as a team. Consider these suggestions as you cook with your child.
— Expect messiness. As young kids brush up on motor skills while measuring and mixing, spills, stains and a little waste will be the norm.
— Choose fast, easy options. At least initially, select simple recipes that offer a good chance at success.
— Experience trumps outcome. Some projects may not come out as planned. Share a laugh, discuss what went wrong and try again.
Already bonding with your children over cooking? Consider entering the Ben’s Beginner’s contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. The annual contest invites families with kids in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit photos of themselves preparing a rice-based dish to beginners.unclebens.com.
Roasted Strawberry S’mores
A twist on the classic campfire favorite, this recipe from the California Strawberry Commission will please hungry campers of any age.
— 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
— 2-3 tablespoons honey
— 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
— Graham crackers
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine strawberries, honey and vanilla extract. Transfer strawberry mixture to your lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, remove from oven and allow berries to cool down to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer roasted berries to a glass jar. Toast marshmallows until golden and gooey. Place a piece of chocolate onto the graham cracker, top with gooey marshmallow, drizzle with roasted berries (at room temperature, not chilled), and top with another graham cracker.