September 2006

In This Edition
California Raisins – Food Groups for Special Consideration
Fall’s In the Air!
Our Chef of The Month Charlie Trotter
Our Recipe of The Month
Health and Nutrition
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  • California Raisins – Food Groups for Special Consideration

    The FUNdamentals – Fats and Added Sugars. California Raisins can Change Your Life!

    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans direct us to choose foods with monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated (PUFA) fats,such as fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils; fat-free, low-fat or lean meats, poultry, beans, milk and dairy products; and to choose grain products and prepared foods that are low in saturated and trans fats.

    Even though fats bring some very essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins to our daily meals, 27 grams or just about 7 teaspoons (2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon) of these MUFAs and PUFAs will provide all of those for a 2,000 calorie diet. Primary sources of saturated and trans fats are those solid fats like hydrogenated shortening and butter. Limit intake of these to an amount within the discretionary calorie allowance. For 2,000 calories per day, the total recommended discretionary calorie intake is 267. With about 35 calories per teaspoon in margarine or butter and 15 calories per teaspoon for granulated sugar, they add up very fast.

    Some very active boys and girls aged 4 to 18; sedentary and moderately active women aged 19 to 50; and sedentary men over 50 need about 2,000 calories per day. Very active and active women and men aged 20 and over may need more while most others will thrive on fewer calories and consequent changes in fat and added sugar intakes.

    California raisins bring a number of qualities to food preparations that can help reduce fat and sugar intakes – sometimes, even replacing fats while adding taste, texture and appetite appeal.

    Fall’s In the Air!

    It’s Hot Breakfast Time

    Mornings can be so rushed but this Easy Oven-baked French Toast with Raisin Syrup goes together the night before. Just pop it in the oven and it’s ready in no time. Kids can’t resist Fluffy Polka Dot Pancakes with funny California raisin faces. To reduce calories, serve these with Apple Raisin Compote instead of syrup.

    Salads for Lunch – Cool and Hot

    Dried beans, peas, and lentils can reduce fat intake in a hurry. Reduce the salad dressing or mayonnaise to get away almost fat free! Some packable salads are Coleslaw with Raisins and Peanuts, Antipasto Salad with California Raisins, and Bean Salad with Artichokes.

    If the days turn out crisp and cool, Moroccan Vegetable Ragout with California Raisins or Seven Vegetable Tagine with Chickpeas and Raisins are quick to warm in the microwave. Warm Apple Cider Soup with Crispy Apple-Raisin Turnovers by our Chef of The Month hits the spot, too.

    Football and Tailgating Are Here!

    Whether it’s league, college, high school, or just a game of neighborhood tag — Football is King! After-game parties and meals are on every calendar. Sandwiches like Turkey Cutlet on Ciabatta with California Raisin and Red Onion Marmalade and Roast Beef Tenderloin with Red Onion Jam and Gorgonzola Cheese are real winners that you can fix ahead and serve piping hot.

    California Raisins = After School Snacks

    Whip up a batch of Cinnamon Raisin Rolls for a healthful after-school snack. Golden Raisin, Lemon, Pistachio Butterscotch Cookies and Grandma’s Sugary Cookies are great energy boosters for that after-school football or soccer practice especially if the sugar cookies are rolled in chopped nuts before baking.

    Our Chef of The Month Charlie Trotter

    Charlie Trotter started cooking professionally in 1982 when he began an intense four-year period of work and study with chefs like Norman Van Aken, Bradley Ogden, and Gordon Sinclair, while he traveled and lived in the U.S. and Europe. “I was reading every cookbook I could get my hands on, working like a maniac, and eating out incessantly,” Chef Trotter reported. Finally, he was able to develop his own distinct cuisine and was recognized with many honors and outstanding awards from his restaurant, Charlie Trotter’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. With his dedication to using the finest, Chef Trotter relies on California Raisins for his recipes like Warm Apple Cider Soup with Crispy Apple-Raisin Turnovers, Currry-braised Chicken Raisin and Potato Tarts, and Chilled Pork and Wild Rice Salad.

    Our Recipe of The Month

    Turkey Cutlet on Ciabata with California Raisins and Red Onion Marmalade