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Childhood Obesity Going Down

 

Did you heard that news?

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I bet you haven’t. It did not make headlines in any newspaper that I know of. Nor did it make any TV news programs that I know of.

If you knew the real news you could not be scared or intimidated by the Food Police!

But the truth is obesity rates have been going down for several years now for children 2-4 years old. Since these children are not yet in pubic schools I seriously doubt that the decline has anything to do with the salt bans and other food bans in k-12 public schools.

 
Calorie Consumption Falling Too

Additionally, according to the Center for Consumer Freedom  [CCF] calorie consumption is falling too.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are in, and they — like much other data — don’t forecast an impending Obesity Apocalypse. It turns out that even the “calories in” side of children’s energy balance equation is getting better: Boys reduced their average daily calorie intake by 158 calories while girls cut down by 76.

However, the food scare mongers and food police and the food nannies are still shouting, “The sky is falling. The sky is falling!”  They are still plotting to force us to eat only want they want and authorize us to eat.

The Center for Consumer Freedom sums it all up best:

Given the data, people are right to be skeptical of the effectiveness of and need for oppressive food regulations. Personal responsibility takes time to work, but it seems to be on the right track.

Featured Recipe        Chicken á la King

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This is one of those dishes that was very popular in the 50’s but over the years fell out of favor. I don’t know why since it is delicious and fairly inexpensive. It is also relatively quick and easy too.

Tastes change. But with the cost of food going up maybe it is time to rethink this wonderful dish.

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Budget Strategies

This dish is still a relatively inexpensive meal, even with food costs going up. I bought a pound and a half of chicken tenders but only used half of them in today’s dish. So I can use the other half in another dish like chicken salad.

To make this a company’s coming dish add a tablespoon or two of sherry to the sauce right before you serve it.

 
This is what you will need for 3-4 people:

1-4 ounce can mushrooms

4 tablespoons green pepper

4 tablespoons cup butter

4 tablespoons flour

1 – 2 cans chicken broth

1 cup milk

1 cup diced cooked chicken* or 6 chicken tenders

4 tablespoons pimentos

Salt and pepper to taste

*Use leftover chicken if you have any for even more savings.

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Here is what you do:

If you are not using left over chicken, cook the chicken in 1 can of chicken broth until juices run clear. Do not over cook the chicken as it will become tough. When cooked through remove the chicken from the broth and cool.

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Strain the broth you cooked the chicken in. Add more broth if you do not have 1 cup. I was just a wee short of having 1 cup. I did not open a new can of broth for that little bit.

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When the chicken is cool enough to handle dice or tear the chciken into bite sized pieces.

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Chop about one-half of the green pepper. Drain the mushrooms.

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Sauté mushrooms and the green pepper in the melted butter.

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Blend in flour, salt and pepper, and mix well.

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Slowly pour in broth a little at a time whisking constantly.

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Add the milk a little at a time whisking constantly.

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Bring just to a boil over low heat stirring constantly until thickened.

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Add the diced chicken and pimento and heat through. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessarily. Add the sherry and mix into the sauce if using.

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Serve over toast, biscuits, or rice.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

6 chicken tenders                             $3.07 

1-4 ounce can mushrooms                $1.25

4 tablespoons green pepper              $0.35             

4 tablespoons cup butter                   $0.32

4 tablespoons flour                           $0.16

1 cans chicken broth                         $1.25

1 cup milk                                        $0.50

4 tablespoons pimentos                    $0.80

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $ 7.70
Cost per person = $1.93 (4)
                                  $2.56 (3)

NOTE: The rice will add about another $0.50 to the total cost of this dish.

 Quote of the Day

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. 

Robert Brault

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1 comment to Childhood Obesity Going Down

  • I remember nearly every club luncheon had some sort of chicken a la king on it. Those were the days.

    I had read that the obesity rates were going down and it’s probably going to take a generation or two in order to see results. It’s a positive result I think.