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Exposed! 5 Year Old Fat Children

 

Reading, Riting, Rithemetic, and Being Fat

 

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Well the kiddies are all back in school and deeply enmeshed in learning the Three R’s :  Reading, Riting, Rithemetic.

Or are they?

 

Seems reading, writing, and arithmetic are passé these days. These days the way children look is more important than learning how to read.

The Fat-Food Police are at it again. And this time they are naming names.

Fat Letters have gone out to millions of parents across the nation informing them that their 5 or 6 year old is well, fat; over weight.

Yes the school version of the Food Fat Police is at it again this school yea. In fact, more states (30 now) than ever are participating in this annual event. At tax payer expense, of course.

Since when have schools and educators become the arbiters of how much your child should weigh? What business is it of theirs? I would tell them to mind their own business and that many obese people have gone on to live very productive, even great  lives: Alfred Hitchock, Orson Wells, Oprah, William Howard Taft, Queen Latifah to name but a very few.

Gee. I would think that with all of the children who can’t read, compute, or answer basic U.S. History or Civics questions 1 sch 3that school personnel would be so busy teaching the Three R’s they would not have time to send out Fat Letters. With all of the hand wringing from school personnel about not having enough money I would think they would not be able to afford to send out these Fat Letters.

Color me naive.

And all of this when childhood obesity rates are going down.

Yes ladies and gentlemen. Obesity rates are going down!!!!!!  Click any of the links below to read for yourself.

Obesity Rates Decline Among Young Kids

Obesity Rates Down

Obesity Rates Among Low-Income Pre-Schoolers Going Down

Give Me a Break!!!!!!

The truth is there is no childhood obesity epidemic, just as there is no overall epidemic of obesity in America.

This is one of many Obesity Myths in America today!  In my next post I will share some of the biggest Obesity Myths with you.

In the mean time, as a former teacher who was and still is a strong believer that our children need to learn to read and do basic math to be successful in life – stop wasting time, energy, and money on worrying about what is a personal family matter and do what we give you our tax dollars for – produce literate high school graduates!

Featured Recipe        Chicken Piccata

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The BEST Chicken Piccata I have ever eaten was at a very small restaurant, Tutto Famiglia, in Lake Forest, CA about five miles from where I lived. I used to go there a lot. It was too close to home.

This unassuming little restaurant is in a small strip mall off the I-5. From the outside it looks like a million other non-descript restaurants throughout America where the food is as drab as the mall itself.

However, when you walk inside Tutto Famiglia you feel like you just stepped into the sunny Italian countryside. And the friendly faces and voices of the owners will make you feel that you are a part of this big, lively, and warm-hearted family.

And the food. Ahhhhhh the food. First rate. Gourmet. Julia Child would be proud excellent! That is what I am talking about.

I wish you all could taste their magnificent food, especially their Chicken Piccata. Life will never ever be the same for you. It is a first class, world wide, master chef food.

The Chicken Piccata recipe I share with you today is the closest to what I was served at Tutto Famuglia than any other I have sampled.

This recipe comes from the magazine cookbook, Cuisine at Home. Their website is : www.CusineAtHome.com . There is no date on, or in the magazine. I went on their web site where I can order back issues. I could not find the issue with the picture of Boston Cream Pie on the cover. Maybe it was a Promo. Don’t know.  Just know I love this Chicken Piccata recipe.

This is not a difficult recipe to make. However, it does move fast; so it is best to get all ingredients ready (i.e. squeeze lemon juice, slice lemons, etc. before hand) to add to skillet and lined up and ready to rock, roll, and cook.

I normally change any recipe I use from another source some what to make it easier for you to do at home. Today I did not do this at all. This is the recipe straight from Cuisine at Home magazine.

The recipe can be doubled.

I saved the best for last, at only $3.04 per serving, this lovely and heavenly dish is very easy on the budget.

This is what you will need for 2 servings:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cutlets*

All purpose flour

Non stick spray

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

¼ cup dry white wine

1 teaspoon minced garlic

½ cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon capers

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Fresh lemon slices

Salt and pepper to taste

*You can do that yourself or ask the butcher to do it for you.

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First, if your butcher does not do it,  you will need to cut the chicken breasts into cutlets.  This is very easy. It is a simple 4 step process. If you do not know how to make chicken cutlets just click the following link: How To Make Chicken Cutlets. Then…….

Season the cutlets with salt and pepper then dust with the flour. Shake off the excess and place on a dish until time to fry them.

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Coat a sauté pan with nonstick spray, add vegetable oil, and heat over medium-high.

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Sauté the chicken 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip the cutlets over and sauté the other side 1-2 minutes with the pan covered. (Not pictured.)

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Transfer cutlets to a warmed platter. (I place in a plate in a hot oven for a few minutes.)  I tent them with foil too. Pour off fat from pan. There was not much to pour off.

Now at this point in time I want to make sure everything is ready to go into the skillet when needed. So I get everything together and ready. I pour out the wine and broth needed. I get the capers ready. I squeeze the lemon juice and cut the lemon slices. I mince the garlic. I get the butter ready. Because from here on out everything moves very quickly. You can’t stop to do anything or the dish might be ruined!

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Deglaze pan with wine and add in minced garlic. Cook until garlic is slightly brown and liquid is nearly evaporated about 2 minutes.

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Add broth, lemon juice, and capers.  Return cutlets to the pan and cook on each side for 1 minute. Transfer cutlets to warm plates.

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Finish sauce with butter and lemons. Once the butter melts pour the sauce over cutlets.

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Garnish with chopped parsley and serve. (I did not do that.) I simply added a lemon slice to the chicken.

Tutto Famiglia served the chicken with only a side of spaghetti with some of the sauce spooned over it.

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FOOD POLICE ALERT TIP: Serve with something green like a salad or broccoli, or else they might send you and your child a fat letter.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

2 chicken breasts                 $3.71              

All purpose flour                  $0.25

Non stick spray                     $0.07

2 tbspn vegetable oil             $0.15

¼ cup dry white wine            $0.30

1 tspn minced garlic              $0.05

½ cup chicken broth             $0.26

2 tbspn  lemon juice              $0.69

1 tablespoon capers              $0.44

2 tbspn unsalt butter             $0.16

Fresh lemon slices                 ——

Salt & pepper to taste           ——

Total cost =$6.08
Cost per person =$3.04

Quote of the Day

Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.

Sophia Bush

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3 comments to Exposed! 5 Year Old Fat Children

  • simple and delicious , i love it

  • Yes. This makes me so sad for the children and their parents. A child’s weight should be between the parent, the child and the pediatrician. Schools could play a role in nutrition education, and if a child’s health is at risk a principal or a school nurse (and I’m betting there are very few school nurses these days) could meet with a family in private.
    Again, you’re correct– obesity rates are declining. Families are getting the message – more activity, more homemade meals, less processed food.

    • Roberta

      It IS sad that we fixate on body image at such a young and tender age. Kids used to wait until their teen years to obsess over weight and looks. Now we get them going at ages 5, 6, and 7. And all so that the Diet-Fat industry can sell more diet plans, food, books, and exercise equipment.