Trash Talk – Making a case for laptops…

Trash Talk – Making a case for laptops…

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Jan 21, 2013
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

If you’re planning to buy a new computer, consider getting a laptop or notebook instead of a desktop.

  • Laptops require fewer materials and less energy to produce than desktops
  • Laptops use a fraction of the electricity to run – you’ll save an average of 220 kilowatt-hours per year, and about $20 on your annual electric bill.
  • If one in twenty-three households made its next computer purchase a laptop instead of a desktop, the energy saved could seriously (positively) affect the ‘power grid.’

Think about it!   Will you take a small step to help?

Source: The Green Book

Trash Talk – Making a case for laptops…

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Jan 21, 2013
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

If you’re planning to buy a new computer, consider getting a laptop or notebook instead of a desktop.

  • Laptops require fewer materials and less energy to produce than desktops
  • Laptops use a fraction of the electricity to run – you’ll save an average of 220 kilowatt-hours per year, and about $20 on your annual electric bill.
  • If one in twenty-three households made its next computer purchase a laptop instead of a desktop, the energy saved could seriously (positively) affect the ‘power grid.’

Think about it!   Will you take a small step to help?

Source: The Green Book

Weekly Wisdom – Healthy Habits… to adopt in the New Year (part 2)

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Jan 21, 2013
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

  • Get Moving: Start with 30 minutes a day 3 times per week.
  • Veggie Up: Try adding veggies to breakfast, purchase seasonal produce.
  • Eat More Fish: Try to make fish the centerpiece 2 times per week.

Source: Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook

 

February Recipe: Deep Dish Overnight Soufflé

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Serves 16

16 slicesbread, buttered&cubed 2lb grated cheese (cheddar&/or gruyere, goat)
10lg eggs
1 onion,grated
5c milk
1 1/2t salt
3/4t fresh ground pepper
1T dijon mustard
1t worcestershire sauce
1/8t cayenne

  1. Grease3”deep,9”x13” baking dish
  2. Place half bread cubes in pan
  3. Sprinkle 1/2 cheese evenly over bread cubes
  4. Repeat another layer of bread, then cheese
  5. Beat eggs, add remaining ingredients. Pour over bread & cheese
  6. Cover loosely, refrigerate overnight
  7. Bake uncovered @ 350° for 1 hour


Options: add layer of sautéed apples or sautéed spinach & mushrooms

To“lighten up”: use wholegrain bread, 4 whole eggs + 7 egg whites, 1lb cheddar + 1lb skim mozzarella cheese, evaporated milk

 

Weekly Wisdom – Healthy Habits… to adopt in the New Year (part 1)

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Jan 14, 2013
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

  • Learn to Get Cooking: At least 3 times per week
  • Eat Breakfast Daily
  • Go for Whole Grains: Aim for at least 3 servings daily (swap out your refined grains). Try farro, bulgur, etc.

Source: Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook

 

Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions

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Jan 9, 2013
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

As I have mentioned previously I am not big on “new year” resolutions as I think you can make resolutions any time of year and waiting until the New Year just gives you an excuse to put it off (well at least it gives me an excuse).   I decided before the date officially turned 2013 I would resolve to try to make positive changes in my life.
 

  1. Be more mindful.  This applies to all facets of my life, from what I put in my mouth to how I speak to my children.  This is not easy when you are tired and your 3 year old is demanding cookies for breakfast or when its dinnertime and nothing is prepared, but if I just pause, take a deep breath and think about my actions, I am less likely to say (or eat) something I regret.
  2. Plan More.  This especially applies to meals.  If I have healthier options on hand, it is a no-brainer that I am less likely to eat only chocolate for lunch.  Though it is not easy with 3 little boys demanding your full attention, I try to take time every day and cut up vegetables or pre–prep some type of healthy dinner option.  I am always on the look out for meal ideas, you can never have too many.  http://www.appforhealth.com/2012/06/lose-sleep-and-gain-weight/
  3. Get up earlier & exercise.  What a difference an hour makes.  At the start of Christmas break I made a pact with myself to start getting up earlier to exercise. Though it is hard to wake up when there is no light of day, it makes for a less hectic morning.  It helps me to have a running buddy, as I know they are counting on me too.
  4. Go to bed one hour earlier.  This goes right along with my exercise resolution. Research shows the less we sleep, the more we weigh which certainly is a good reason to go to bed earlier (and truth be told, who doesn't long for more sleep?)  http://www.appforhealth.com/2012/06/lose-sleep-and-gain-weight/

All of these resolutions are a work in progress, which really is how life works.  I am staying away from the "all or nothing" mentality and just doing the best I can each day.
 
Happy New Year!

 

Hot Tamales

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Jan 7, 2013
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

I’ve mentioned before that since I’m not cooking as much at work, I’m really enjoying cooking at home much more.  I had the opportunity to prepare several meals over the holidays.  My favorite by far as tamales!

This was the first time I’d made them, so I did some experimenting.  Every traditional tamale recipe I found used enchilada sauce as a base.  The sauce is just ground red chiles, garlic, oil, flour, water & seasonings.  Basically you make a roux with flour & oil, then sauté the chiles in the roux, add the garlic & water and simmer until the consistency & flavor you desire.   My dad asked my uncle in Colorado to send us some good ground chiles. I was excited to try the sauce, and was very disappointed.  It turned out incredibly hot & bitter, with no real flavor.  I doctored it a good bit, then mixed some of it with braised, shredded pork for the first batch of tamales (the sauce by itself was inedible and hit the trash).  We decided it was the type of chile used in the chile powder.  I’ve ordered a ristra (a string or wreath of dried red Anaheim chiles).  It’s due in tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to trying the red sauce again next weekend.

The next major component of a great tamale is the masa.  Since there is a large Latin population near where I live, my local grocery store carries masa harina.  The recipe on the bag called for lard.  I just couldn’t bring myself to use lard, so I subbed shortening (any opinions on which is less unhealthy?  Animal fat or hydrogenated vegetable fat?).  The recipe itself is simple-beef broth (I used chicken), masa, shortening & seasoning.  You cream the shortening with a little broth until it’s light & fluffy, then whip in the masa, remaining broth & seasonings.   I had decided, in addition to the pork & red sauce tamales, I would make some with seriously sharp white cheddar cheese.  I wanted to do some of these with diced green Hatch chiles mixed in the masa, and some with plain masa.  

The rolling party was fun-we used tin foil instead of the more traditional corn husks-mostly for simplicity.  I let them all steam for about 45 minutes.

They turned out delicious!  The masa was perfect-light & fluffy with that wonderful corn flavor tamales are famous for.  The two types of cheese tamales were equally good, and the pork & red sauce were very tasty-in spite of the bad sauce!  

I had to buy a 5lb bag of masa, so I’ll need to make more tamales.  I think I’m also going to try to make tortillas.  I’ll let you know how they turn out!

 

Weekly Wisdom – Food Rules…. Avoid food products that make health claims

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Jan 7, 2013
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

  • To have a health claim, food must have a package = processed food
  • Claims are from big food companies, not often based on solid science
  • Healthiest food in the supermarket = fresh produce (no claim needed); “silence is golden”

Source: Michael Pollen Food Rules

Trash Talk – Balancing health & sustainability!

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January 4, 2012
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

Homeopathic vs. Manufactured Pharmaceuticals – manufacturing synthetic drugs emits more than 177 million pounds of untreated pollutants into air, water, and soil each year. Any homeopathic remedy would be a savings!
Prescriptions – never flush unused or expired meds down the toilet or drain to contaminate the waterstream (fish, plants & animals).
Vitamins – consider taking a multivitamin vs. separate bottles of individual vitamins. The average American vitamin user spends over $100 each year on vitamins and supplements. If 25% of these people reduced their purchases by 1 bottle per year,
the estimated total savings would be $592 million, and an amazing amount of plastic packaging ...

Think about it!   Will you take a small step to help?

Source: The Green Book