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I like to substitute spaghetti squash for my pasta but I’m not sure what the proper amount is and how to count it – X # carb – 1/2cup – 1 fruit?/ vegetable. Also I make my own whole cranberry sauce using Splenda, onions. water, etc. Would I still count a serving (1/4 cup of cooked) as 1 fruit plus the Splenda?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

One serving of spaghetti squash is ½ cup, and contains about 5 grams of carbohydrate. ½ cup of whole unsweetened cranberries has about 6 grams of carbohydrate (Unsweetened cranberries have less carbohydrate  Read More

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What combination of fruits,nuts and grains would you suggest one should eat on a daily basis to get all of the necessary nutrients?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

A diet consisting of only fruits, nuts and grains would not be able to provide all the necessary nutrients. Vegetables, dairy foods and protein foods all provide other nutrients that cannot be obtained in  Read More

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how do you measure 1 cup of raw vegetables (ie: asparagus or carrots)?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Click here to see pictures of what counts as a cup of fruit or veggies. The guide shows that 2 medium whole carrots count as a cup. Although asparagus is not shown, the guide indicates that 2 stalks of  Read More

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Can you eat the skin on a sweet potatoe? Can you eat the skin of a beet?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Sweet potatoes and beets are roots of plants, and as such, grow in the ground. They should be washed well before they are cooked to remove any lingering soil. The skins of both sweet potatoes and beets can be eaten.

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I thawed frozen corn and after a week it is still sitting in the refrigerator..can I still cook it?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

I would not. The quality of frozen vegetables is best when they are cooked from the frozen state, or immediately after thawing. After a week in the refrigerator the corn is probably spoiling and may not be safe to eat (even if you cook it). A good rule of thumb is “when in doubt, throw it out”.

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how many carbs are in brocolli rabe

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Two stalks of broccoli rabe have about 1 gram of carbohydrate.

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My daughter has PKU, she is getting to the age where she wants everything to look like what we have. She is 3. Do have any suggestions on how to cook with Veggies leaving out other protein foods.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Your situation is challenging, but not impossible. There are a number of resources that provide suggestions and recipes for feeding children with PKU. Click here to see suggestions for developing good eating  Read More

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Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Soups and stews are a great way to consume a variety of vegetables. It is true that some nutrients can be lost from the vegetables as they are simmered for a long time. However, in the case of stews and  Read More

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What is Flaxseed? What is benifit?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Flax is a plant that is grown for both its seed and its fiber. The fiber is used to weave linen. The seed is used in food products such as breads and cereals, and for making flaxseed oil. The fat in flaxseed  Read More

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Is tomato a fruit or veggie?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

In a cooking sense, tomatoes are a vegetable. Botanically, they are a fruit because of what part of the plant they are. Believe it or not, there was an actual ruling on this issue in 1883 by the Supreme  Read More

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