Saturday, February 04, 2006

General Beauregard’s Groundhog Day

General Beauregard’s Groundhog Day

Suggested Menu:
Vidalia Onion Soup
Oven Fried Chicken with Pecan Coating
Potato/Cheese Casserole Green Beans
Carrot Sticks Homemade Rolls
Peach Cobbler
Iced Tea

Tip: Make a paste of ¼ c. oil, ½ c. flour, 1 c. pecans, salt and white pepper. Coat top of each chicken piece and bake. Pecans are cholesterol free and contain Vitamin E, potassium and magnesium.

Food for Thought:
You are good at reading the weather signs…red sky tonight means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day…read the obvious signs of the times! Matthew 16:2-3

Family Meal Planning

Ground Hog Day
Traditionally, the Bible rites of purification were on Feb. 2. The date became known as the commemoration of the Purification of the Virgin Mary and candles were lit. Groundhog Day began as a Christian holiday called Candlemas when candles were blessed. The light of the candles often frightened animals. Since hibernating animals emerge halfway between the winter equinox and spring solstice, folklore developed. If animals saw their shadows, they became frightened and retreated to their dens, thus, 6 more weeks of winter. Since the North American animal most frequently seen was a groundhog or hedgehog, Feb. 2 became Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada. The Southern groundhog General Beauregard, who works only one day a year as the Weather Prognosticator, lives a lavish lifestyle in Georgia. General Beauregard’s diet is mainly vegetables and fruits. Our easy menu for the family meal planner consists of foods from his region of the country.
Vidalia Onions

Onions are high in vitamin C, fiber
Has natural sweetness. Cooking is easy. Soup makes an excellent winter meal. May cut onion under running water to prevent tearing.
Home : Recipes : Soups the Nutritionist:
Family meal planners and diabetics will find this menu has onions, potatoes, greens beans, carrots and peaches that provide 4 servings of fruits and vegetables needed daily for the family. The cheese in the potato casserole will provide 1 serving of dairy. For more calcium, the meal planner may serve ice cream on top of the peach cobbler. Carrot sticks may be stored in a safe food container and used as snacks or diet food. Carrots may be cooked into cakes or cookies, placed in a gift food basket. The green bean recipe is a free exchange for diabetics. Diabetics should limit potatoes and carrots since both are high in carbohydrates. One chicken piece provides one serving or exchange of protein. Sugar free peaches and sugar free ice cream may be served for a diabetic dessert.

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