Choices In Community Living is committed to healthy lifestyles for the people we serve. While our Fun-Fit program at area YMCAs is one way we encourage and support healthy living for those who participate, our commitment to wellness can be found every meal in every home every day. Our staff work together to share information on how to incorporate new and healthy foods into menu planning in our homes for and with the people we serve. One of the ways we focus on healthy menu planning is by sharing recipes using our Vegetable of the Month. We’d like to share our August Vegetables of the Month with you – Tomatoes and Sweet Corn – along with a recipe for each.
Sweet Corn – Sweet corn is the result of a naturally occurring recessive mutation in the genes which control conversion of sugar to starch inside the endosperm of the corn kernel. Sweet corn is picked when immature (milk stage) and prepared and eaten as a vegetable, rather than a grain. Since the process of mutation involved converting sugar to starch, sweet corn stores poorly and must be eaten fresh, canned or frozen before the kernels become tough and starchy. Cooked sweet corn increases levels of ferulic acid, which provides anti-cancer properties.
Microwaved Sweet Corn on the Cob
Take as many ears as you wish to prepare for any one occasion and place them in the microwave with the shucks still on. Cook on high for 3 minutes for every ear of corn (1 ear for 3 minutes; 2 ears for six minutes, etc.) Times may vary depending on the wattage of your microwave. Once done, remove from the microwave. The corn will be hot so be sure to use a hot pad. Cut off the bottom end of each ear and hold the ear by the silks at the top end. Shake the ear until the corn slides out, minus the silks. If you have done it right, most of the silk will come off with the shucks. Season to taste and enjoy.
Tomatoes – The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads and drinks. While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes. The tomato is rich in lycopene, which has beneficial health effects.
Texas Toast Tomato Sandwich
Makes 6 servings Total preparation time: 15 minutes
1 (9.5 oz.) package of five-cheese Texas toast
2 lbs. of tomatoes
1/4 cup bottled blue cheese vinaigrette
6 T torn fresh basil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Prepare Texas toast according to package directions. Slice the tomatoes to your taste as to thickness. Gently toss the tomatoes with vinaigrette, basil, salt and pepper. Serve immediately over hot Texas toast.
Enjoy healthy eating that is also tasty!