Today, Friday April 23, on ABC TV Jamie Oliver ends his series regarding the school lunch program he has been struggling to revamp. We mention this because the truth of the matter is that his cause is noble and his timing is of the essence!
It’s important for people to understand that the generation that is having lunch at school now is not expected to outlive their parents’ generation! Is that shocking to you?
Americans have been programmed to eat processed food and guzzle soda pop. Because of processed foods and poor choices for dietary intake, childhood health has been compromised. The medical establishment cannot compensate with drugs, procedures and surgeries what real food is designed to do in the human body.
The Food Stamps Cooking Club members are strongly encouraged to look in on this final episode of the series and take heed.
Even those who depend on WIC and SNAP, food commodities and food pantries can benefit from the information Jamie Oliver has for the public. If there are users of Angel Food Ministries and Farmers Market Coupons, or if there are folks who simply realize they MUST s-t-r-e-t-c-h their food budgets-we all can learn from the example Jamie Oliver sets. Using public assistance to fund your grocery list is no reason to eat without wisdom.
Fresh, simple ingredients make for healthy bodies. Learning how to cook is a skill that will serve anyone all through life. This outlook is not unique to Chef Oliver; indeed, our own Chef Shawn Bucher and The Dinner Diva, Leanne Ely, adhere to the same philosophy, as do many of our Club Members.
Speaking of fresh, simple ingredients reminds us all that this is prime time for gathering and snipping dandelions for luscious salads. The little violets are popping up all over the yards and if you are sure there are no pesticides, these make for wonderful, nourishing salad fixings. They work well alone or you can add those beauties to your lettuce or vegetable salads. Drizzle a bit of oil over all to make them glisten, add your favorite herbs or flavors and veggies and you have yourself a spectacular, easy and ECONOMICAL menu item.
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