Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Honoring a Graduate Meal

Suggested Menu
For the honor of
Graduates

Filled with Nuts
Diploma Pork Roast With mashed potatoes
Book of Squash
Turn Over a New Leaf Salad
Good Luck Bread
The Graduate Dessert
Mind Over Matter Tea



Tip: This menu can be served to honor a grade school, high school or college graduate.
Decorate the table with the school colors. For favors, a food gift basket or nuts cups, glue a nut cup or strip of construction paper in a round shape on top of a square. Make a tassel with thread or yarn. Fill with mixed nuts. Make ahead of time and store in an airtight food storage container until served.
Food for Thought:
Wisdom is it’s own reward. Proverbs 9:12
Family Meal Planning
Eating Well for Wellness
From time to time people fast. Fasting is doing without solid food for one day or several days. People may fast for medical reasons, to change a habit or spiritual reflections. Sometimes doctors or naturalists will suggest to people with allergies or arthritis to fast. During such periods of time, the body is cleared of residues. As foods are slowly added back, people can determine which food is causing the problem and can be eliminated from the diet. A word of caution: fasting is the withdrawal of solid foods from the body. People must drink water to remain hydrated. Obese people who fast to lose weight may not achieve their desired affects. Although pounds may be lost, as soon as eating is resumed, weight is added back. Habit changing requires at least 30 days. Although the Bible says that Christ fasted for 40 days, the maximum fast is recommended for 10-14 days. Changing of habits may not be accomplished in short periods of time but you can get a good start on the modified food behavior. Christ said, “ Cases like these require much prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:21) All fasts should be combined with Bible reading, spiritual reflections and mediations as well as deep breathing and exercise. Since eyesight and mental alertness may be impaired during fasting, vacation times may be more productive for the individual. Family meal planners should respect the faster’s wishes; yet provide plenty of water and other liquids as well as plenty of moral support. Children and family members with special needs like diabetes should never totally withhold food from their bodies.
Pork
Pork is an excellent source of protein. The favorite cuts of pork include, roast, tenderloin, chops, ham and bacon. Pork may be fried, baked, cooked and served cold or hot. Sausage is ground pork with seasonings like sage, salt and peppers. If people are unsure of the pork parts, the fat content and additives that are put in the sausage, they may grind and mix their own. Weight management diets may include pork, however, all fat should be trimmed away before cooking. When cooking pork recipes, it is recommended that the meat be thoroughly cooked. Pork dishes should be served well done because of a microorganism called trichina that is often in swine. Trichinosis, the infection caused by this microorganism, can be fatal, if undetected.
From the Nutritionist: In this menu the diploma can be made from a pork loin roast and mashed potatoes. Tie the roast with a string in the middle and bake. When the roast is done, coat the outside with mashed potatoes and brown. Pipe cheese spread around the middle to look like a ribbon tying the diploma. Make a squash casserole in a loaf pan or book shaped pan that has been sprayed with baking spray. When done, turn out and pipe cream cheese round the edges to look like a book. Write the name of the graduate’s favorite book or “School: Gone with the Wind”. Make the salad with mixed lettuce leaves and chopped tomatoes. Serve with choice of salad dressings. Forming a horseshoe of bread dough and baking makes good luck bread. The Graduate dessert may be school-colored gelatin with fruit and piped with whipped cream to resemble a person with a cap and gown. May make a graduate’s cap by baking a square layer of cake and a round layer of cake. Stack the square on top of the round and frost with school colors. Make the tassel by piping frosting from the center to the corner of the square. Pork and nuts provide protein. Lettuce and tomatoes, potatoes and squash give needed vitamins and minerals. The potatoes, bread and dessert are three bread exchanges. Diabetics or special dieters may wish to convert the dessert to a diabetic recipe or diet food by using sugar-free gelatin and fruit.
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Diploma Pork Roast

4-5 lb. pork roast
Salt and pepper
Oil

Sprinkle salt and pepper on roast. Tie roast in the middle to make a slight indention. Heat oil in skillet and brown edges of roast. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until done.
When done, cover with mashed potatoes and brown. Pipe cheddar cheese spread around the middle to look like a ribbon tied around a diploma.

Mashed potatoes

6 potatoes
¼ c butter
½ c cream
Salt and white pepper

Peel and thinly slice potatoes. Cover with salted water. Cook until done-about 20 minutes. Drain water and mash. Melt butter. Add butter and cream and whip to remove lumps. Add salt and pepper. Mix well.

Turn over a new Leaf Salad Meals with a Message 18


Diploma Pork Roast

4-5 lb. pork roast
Salt and pepper
Oil

Sprinkle salt and pepper on roast. Tie roast in the middle to make a slight indention. Heat oil in skillet and brown edges of roast. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until done.
When done, cover with mashed potatoes and brown. Pipe cheddar cheese spread around the middle to look like a ribbon tied around a diploma.

Mashed potatoes

6 potatoes
¼ c butter
½ c cream
Salt and white pepper

Peel and thinly slice potatoes. Cover with salted water. Cook until done-about 20 minutes. Drain water and mash. Melt butter. Add butter and cream and whip to remove lumps. Add salt and pepper. Mix well.

Turn over a new Leaf Salad

4 cups mixed lettuce
2 tomatoes

Chop tomatoes. Tear lettuce and toss with tomatoes. Serve with choices of dressings.

Book Squash
4 c squash
2 c cracker crumbs
1 can mushroom soup
1 c cheese
1 egg

Slice and cook squash; drain. Slightly beat egg. Mix squash and egg, with crumbs, soup and cheese. Spray a loaf pan or book pan with baking spray. Pack squash into pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees; until done when an inserted knife comes out clean.
Turn out and cool slightly. Pipe cream cheese around edges to make the dish look like a book.


4 cups mixed lettuce
2 tomatoes

Chop tomatoes. Tear lettuce and toss with tomatoes. Serve with choices of dressings.

Book Squash
4 c squash
2 c cracker crumbs
1 can mushroom soup
1 c cheese
1 egg

Slice and cook squash; drain. Slightly beat egg. Mix squash and egg, with crumbs, soup and cheese. Spray a loaf pan or book pan with baking spray. Pack squash into pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees; until done when an inserted knife comes out clean.
Turn out and cool slightly. Pipe cream cheese around edges to make the dish look like a book.

Graduate dessert:
Make a gelatin mold. Pipe whipped cream topping to sketch the outline of a graduate or graduation cap. Use school colors.
Or make 2 layers of cake- one round and one square. Place the round on the bottom and top with square. Frost with school colors. Pipe with whipped topping a tassel from the middle of square to one edge.


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