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Food for Thought: Swap ingredients for healthier fare

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Tip of the Week

Here are some ways to make healthier versions of familiar recipes without sacrificing taste:

Add colors to your foods - Colorful fruits and vegetables decorate a traditional recipe and make food appear much more appetizing. Look for deep greens in spinach, vibrant reds in tomatoes and a rainbow of colors in peppers to add to your casseroles, lasagnas or meat dishes.

Change your take-out menus to meal plans - If you have a stack of take-out menus in your home, replace them with recipes and a daily meal planner. Having a planner will help you arrange a weekly grocery shopping list and save you time and money by limiting the number of nights you eat out.

Swap out the plate size - It may surprise you to learn serving meals on smaller plates encourages people to eat less food. So downsize your dinner plates, and you might find your family eating the proper portions.

— Brandpoint

Number to Know

19: The average number of calories in a tablespoon of paprika.

Easy Recipe

Mango pepper salsa

Ingredients:

2 cups diced fresh mango, 1/4-inch dice

1 cup diced red bell pepper, 1/4-inch dice

3 tablespoons minced red onion

1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper

1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice

2 tablespoons minced, fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl; stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made up to 8 hours ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve.)

— Cookthink

Food Quiz

Red paprika is the hottest variety. True or false?

Answer below.

Wise to the Word

Paprika: An aromatic spice powder made from ground dried sweet bell pepper pods. Ranging in color from bright red to brown, paprika is used to add color and flavor to dishes.

— Cookthink

The Dish On...

“Meat: Everything You Need to Know,” by Pat LaFrieda

No one understands meat’s seductive hold on our palates better than America’s premier butcher, Pat LaFrieda. In this book he passionately explains the best and most flavorful cuts to purchase (some of them surprisingly inexpensive or unknown) and shares delicious recipes and meticulous techniques, all with the knowledge that comes from a fourth-generation butcher.

— Amazon

Food Quiz answer

False. Unlike many other pepper spices, red denotes a milder variety in paprika. Brown paprika tends to be the hottest.