Manna Minute View All Posts

About Manna Minute

Since 1983, Manna has been feeding Montgomery County’s food insecure residents. In our 30 years of service, Manna has served nearly 3 million people, 700,000 households, and distributed 45 million pounds of food. As the designated food bank for Montgomery County we are the main resource people turn to when... Read more

Discover Other Local Blogs

We have a great number of amazing blog posts contributed by our local bloggers. Discover what is happening in your neighborhood by reading their latest posts.

Beyond a Reasonable Trout

In keeping with our picnic theme from recent posts, I’m back with another summer recipe for you! First let’s make a little note about temperature—and I don’t mean small talk about the weather. Keeping food cold—and eating it up before it gets old!—is just as important for that juicy summer produce and other picnic foods as it is for meats. Egg, tuna, chicken and macaroni salad can grow bacteria that cannot be destroyed by cooking, so these summer potlucks are an especially important time to take preventative measures by washing your hands, keeping those Band-Aids on, and cooling foods correctly. If you have a hot, cooked item, place the food to be cooled in shallow pans or separate the food into smaller or thinner portions. When traveling with food, pack your cooler with plenty of ice packs, and refrigerate your leftovers as soon as possible within four hours. Some experts say that it is okay to leave food out for two hours below 80 degrees or one hour above 80 degrees. WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT. Proper refrigeration will not only keep foods safer but protect the quality and nutritional value as well.

bigstock-collection-of-forks-with-veget-26813894

Sliced melon and cut tomatoes are two summer foods especially susceptible to contamination. Before we get to today’s recipe, here are a few tips for summer safety:

CANTELOUPE: 3-4 days in the fridge, 10-12 months in the freezer

WATERMELON: 3-4 days in the fridge, 10-12 months in the freezer

SLICED TOMATOES: 2-3 days in the fridge, 2 months in the freezer

CANNED TUNA (after opening): 3-4 days in the fridge, 3 months in the freezer

EGG SALAD: 3-5 days in fridge, covered (does not freeze well)

DELI HAM: 3-5 day in fridge, tightly wrapped

SLICED CHEDDAR CHEESE: 3-4 weeks, tightly wrapped

Check out StillTasty.com, a great shelf life resource for all of your meals. They even have an iphone app!

In case your summer fishing adventures prove unsuccessful, here’s a simple, delightful fishy recipe our clients love—no hook required.

tiny tuna bugersTiny Tasty Tuna Burgers

Serves 3 (that’s about 10 tiny burgers or 3 large burgers)

1 can tuna packed in water, drained (or ½ can of wild salmon, drained and deboned

1 egg

½ cup of oats (ground in blender or food processor) OR 1 packet plain instant oatmeal

1/3 cup onion, diced small

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon celery salt

1 tablespoon olive or canola oil (for frying)

 

Optional add-ins:

  • 1 teaspoon soy or Worchestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. (Freshly washed hands work the best!) Heat a skillet/frying pan on medium and add the oil. Place tuna burgers in pan and cook for about 3 minutes per side or until browned.Serve on small rolls or bread rounds topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickle or a dab of mayonnaise, mustard or ketchup.

 

Make your burgers part of a Healthy Plate and serve with: a baked sweet potato (or canned yams) and a green salad; sautéed spinach and some roasted potatoes; kale chips (De-stem kale, place on sheet pan and spray or drizzle with oil before baking in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes) and summer corn.

 

Like this post? Sign up for our Daily Update here.
Lindsey Seegers

About Lindsey Seegers

Lindsey Seegers is the Program Manager of Nutrition Education at Manna Food Center. Her background is in Social Work and Nutrition; her passion is cooking food always delicious and nutritious. She teaches cooking and nutrition classes, and leads grocery store tours around Montgomery County about affordable and do-able healthy cooking.

Since 1983, Manna has been feeding Montgomery County’s food insecure residents. In our 30 years of service Manna has served nearly 3 million people, 668,527 households, and distributed 45 million pounds of food. As the designated food bank for Montgomery County we are the main resource people turn to when they find themselves in need of food assistance. Manna delivers emergency food assistance through its three main programs: Food for Families, Smart Sacks, and Agency Food Distribution.

Comments

| No comments yet.



Engage us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter