We have some pretty exciting news. We have expanded our family. No, we did not have a baby, but we did add a daughter. We are hosting Pauline, a German foreign exchange student. She is a delightful girl with a positive attitude and a desire to learn. She likes to read and, to my delight, loves to cook and bake.
Brooke, Marty, Pauline, Me, and Karen in front of the Heidelberg Castle, Germany
We had the pleasure of visiting her family in Germany this summer, prior to her arrival here in the United States. They were terrific tour guides and gracious hosts. We toured castle ruins and charming villages. We ate pretzels and drank delicious German beer. We got a taste of her life, literally and figuratively.
While in Germany, Pauline and her family fed us well and she even made me a surprise birthday cake.
At Home with Pauline
Last week, we took Pauline to my friend Julie’s farm - Johnson Heritage Farms and picked up a big box of garden produce. Pauline is a veggie lover and was eager to get home and dig into our box of goodies!
She asked if she could make a dip for us to accompany our vegetables. I must admit, I was a little bit concerned when I saw plain yogurt on her grocery list. Those of you who read my blog know I am not a big yogurt fan. Ugh! I know it is a healthy source of so many important nutrients, but I just can’t do it. To me it tastes like sour milk. But, I didn’t want to curb her enthusiasm, so I put on a smile and told her to go for it. And, guess what? I actually liked it. In fact, it was delicious!
Pauline’s Cucumber Yogurt Dip
1. Peel and dice 2 small cucumbers (NuVal Score 99)
2. Stir in 2 6-oz. containers of plain yogurt. She used Chobani Greek Style (NuVal Score 93)
3. Add 2-4 cloves of fresh minced garlic (NuVal Score 91)
4. Season to taste with your favorite fresh herbs, salt and pepper.
5. Combine all the ingredients and let rest for an hour or so to let the flavors blend.
6. Serve with a pile of fresh veggies and enjoy!
‘Tis the Season for Fresh Vegetables.
Here are just a few NuVal scores to refresh your memory as you see the fresh produce crop hitting the shelves at the grocery store or your favorite farmer’s market. Get ‘em now while they’re at their peak and fill up your crisper drawer.
Tomatoes - NuVal Score 96
Carrots – NuVal Score 99
Cucumbers – NuVal Score 99
Celery - NuVal Score 96
Zucchini - NuVal Score 99
Pea Pods – NuVal Score 96
Green Beans - NuVal Score 100
Onions - NuVal Score 93
Garlic - NuVal Score 91
Kale - NuVal Score 99
Leaf Parsley - NuVal Score 99
Bell Peppers - NuVal Score 96
Passionate about food and good nutrition, Kelly, a BLEND Program Specialist for CentraCare Health Foundation, is also a mom who wants to set her kids up for a lifetime of good health. The opinions expressed in this blog are the opinions of the writer and not the opinions of NuVal LLC, Coborn’s, Inc., BLEND, and the CentraCare Health Foundation. This blog post is used with permission from our friends at BLEND.
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