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Thank you all for your feedback on the new newsletter layout. It was something we at DietsinReview were really excited about launching last month. I hope you also found good use of the seasonal produce guide. Don't miss what is in season for March to help guide your shopping and your meals.

Speaking of shopping, I share 10 tips for food safety this month. These will help you get thinking about how you can protect you and your family through food preparation. To share your additional tips, send them to me via twitter @eatlivelaugh.

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Tips for Food Safety and Riskiest Foods!

Washing your hands It seems far too often people are getting sick due to food borne illnesses. Paying attention to food recalls is certainly one key factor to help avoid these episodes. As consumers it is also important that we do our part to minimize the risk of food contamination, which the below tips will help ensure.

Food Safety Tips:

  • Always use separate cutting boards for raw meat/poultry/seafood and produce
  • Ensure to keep raw foods away from cooked foods
  • Wash hands in warm soapy water befor and after touching and handling raw meat, poutlry and eggs
  • Defrost foods in the refrigerator, microwave oven, or in cold water but never on the counter
  • Cook food to proper temperature and use a thermometer for assurance
  • To minimize potential contamination, wash all produce including prepackaged greens
  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation as there is risk for bacterial growth when it sits out for longer
Riskiest Foods:
  1. Leafy Greens
  2. Eggs
  3. Tuna
  4. Oysters
  5. Potatoes
  6. Cheese
  7. Ice Cream
  8. Tomatoes
  9. Sprouts
  10. Berries

    1. List released by the Center for the Public Interest 2010.

      At DietsInReview, we take food recalls very serious. Stayed informed by following along on our blog as well as follow us on twitter @dietsinreview

Recipe of the Month:

Potato & Chickpea Curry with Rice

Pear Crumble Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

3 cups jasmine rice
3-5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
3 large russet potatoes, cubed
3 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 14.5oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 medium onion, diced (1 cup)
9 cloves garlic, chopped (3 Tbs)
3 Tbs. curry powder
3 cups tightly packed baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped (4 oz.)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Generously spray inside of 6-quart Dutch oven with cooking spray
  3. In the Dutch oven stir together rice and 2 1/4 cups broth. Top with potatoes, then add chickpeas
  4. In a separate bowl combing tomatoes, onion garlic, curry powder, and remaining broth in bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread tomato mixture over chickpeas then top with spinach. Stack essentially like you are building a lasagna.
  6. Cover pot with tightly fitting lid and bake in oven for roughly 55 minutes. You may want to add additional vegetable broth to ensure mixture does not dry out.
  7. Remove from oven, toss and serve!

via VegetarianTimes.com

In the News...


I am all for fast food restaurants introducing healthier menu options but McDonalds falls short with the their Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. Loaded with sugar and only 10 fewer calories than an egg mcmuffin, it does still remain one of the healthier options on the menu but that isn't saying much. Read more here and see what Mark Bitman of the NYTimes has to say.

Giving Back

charity water Charity Water is focused on bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. In the "about us" section, founder Scott Harrison, speaks to the biblical parable about a man beaten near death by robbers. He's stripped naked and lying roadside. Most people pass him by, but one man stops. He picks him up and bandages his wounds. He puts him on his horse and walks alongside until they reach an inn. He checks him in with money on hand and says to the owner, "Whatever he needs until he gets better." Because he could.

Let us all help the millions of people in desperate need of clean water, because we can! Wear your charity by purchasing a band, bracelet, or my favorite most recent purchase the tee created by Saks Fifth Avenue.

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