How To Use This GuideEach month we present 4 to 5 easy-to-use recipes. There are main dishes, side dishes, desserts and snacks. In some cases you can combine all the recipes together to make a meal. For other months, the recipes stand alone.
To help achieve balanced nutrition, taste, and economy, we emphasize seasonal ingredients. For example, in winter, winter squash is least expensive (and tastes best!) while tomatoes are cheaper and most delicious in summer.
Some foods, such as citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit) are least expensive in a particular season (winter) but available all year round. So while we emphasize them in winter, we also use them throughout the year. Other foods, such as canned and frozen items, poultry, fish, lowfat beef and pork, beans, and dairy foods are available all the time.
Finding Out About Foods Throughout the SeasonsIn each season, we empasize eight themes. Each theme provides nutrition actiities for famil learning and fun. Here are the themes:
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