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Spring Cleaning Your Diet

Charlyn Fargo on

Q: Should I wash my greens even if they are in packages that say they are "prewashed"?

A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say prewashed leafy greens in packages that say "ready-to-eat," "triple washed" or "no washing necessary" do not need to be washed again. For all other greens, washing is important. Remove any torn or bruised leaves and the outer leaves of cabbages and lettuce heads and rinse the remaining greens under running water, rubbing them gently to help get rid of dirt and germs. The CDC does not recommend soaking, as that may allow germs from one leaf to spread to other leaves. And the CDC does not recommend using produce wash, soap or any other chemicals on foods.

RECIPE

If you've got a skillet and 15 minutes, you can make this healthy chicken, asparagus and mushroom skillet. It's from Allrecipes magazine.

CHICKEN, ASPARAGUS AND MUSHROOM SKILLET

Servings: 4

 

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 (8-ounce) package button mushrooms, sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

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