Mississippi Moon Naturals

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Vegetables As A Healthy Food Choice

During the cold winter days, I long to be working out in my vegetable gardens. It is the first part of February and I have my section of the early vegetable garden planned out and prepared for planting.

February 14th - Valentine's Day is when I will plant my lettuce seed. Years ago my husband's grandmother Iva Jane told me the best time to plant lettuce in our area is Valentine's Day. She was born and raised on a farm in rural Southern Illinois. She said even if the snow is on the ground it is ok to sprinkle the seed on top of the snow, lightly tamp it down. The snow is a blanket for the tiny seed and as the weather warms the cold loving seed will germinate and quickly produce tasty and nutritious lettuce. Planting lettuce early will help to keep the lettuce from turning bitter as it reaches maturity.

We all remember our mother's saying "eat your vegetables they are good for you." My mother loved vegetables and introduced them to us at a very early age. Studies show that she was right.

Vegetables are a great choice when it comes to food. They are low in fat, high in fiber and packed full of vitamins -minerals. They can be eaten raw, lightly steamed, or added to your favorite recipe. Any way that you choose to have your veggies they are a healthy choice, instead of eating processed and fast foods.

Most vegetables are so easy to prepare and to serve healthy meals right in your own kitchen. It is very cost effective to prepare your favorite dishes at home, instead of dining out at expensive restaurants.

My daughter Amanda loves to cook and is always preparing healthy foods for our family using fresh vegetables. Our whole family enjoys eating Oriental and Thai foods. We all are very lucky to have such wonderful cooks in our family.

Last night Amanda cooked a delicious dinner for us. I have included a photo to show you Amanda's creation. Making a choice to pick fresh vegetables will help you to a path to a healthier lifestyle.

The menu is as follows.

Miso Soup

Amanda's Veggie Roll

Sesame Ginger & Cilantro Salad

Steamed Asparagus & Avocado Slices

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