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A new month means new food ideas! And we’ve got some great ideas for adding kiwi and spinach to your meals!

Make a pledge to mix things up this year and introduce more new foods to your family. Our Fruit and Veggie of the Month is a great way to learn about a seasonal fruit and vegetable each month…but don’t let us limit you!

Try at least one new fruit or vegetable each month and tell us how you did it.

Kiwi

Kiwis have a fuzz similar to peach fuzz that is safe to eat but not always delicious.

For peeling a kiwi, we’ve got a trick! Start by either cutting off the ends of the fruit or by cutting it in half. Then, use a small spoon to separate the fruit from the peel by rotating the spoon around the fruit. Once you’ve worked all the way around the fruit, it should slide easily from the skin.

Kiwi Lemonade Smoothie

  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼– ½ cup sugar
  • 3 peeled kiwis
  • Ice

Add all of the above ingredients into a blender and pulse until the ice is chopped and the mixture is smooth.

Spinach

Does spinach make you think of Popeye the Sailor Man popping open a can of mush? If so, you need to re-examine spinach!

Spinach is delicious and very versatile. It can be an awesome stand-alone side item or can be snuck into recipes. You can eat raw spinach leaves as a salad or sauté them in a pan. Spinach is great as a part of casseroles and can easily be added to many of your already-favorite meals.

Spinach goes really well in many Italian dishes. It works well in tomato-based sauces and in cheesy sauces. It’s also great in soups. Try the below simple sautéed recipe for an easy spinach side dish.

Sautéed Spinach

Heat olive oil in a pan. Swirl the pan to coat the bottom. Throw in a hearty handful of spinach for each person you are serving. For good measure, throw in an extra handful or two. (At first, you may think it looks like a ridiculous amount, but in about 60 seconds, you’ll start thinking you need to add more…do it!) Stir the spinach around in the pan until it’s all wilted. Add coarse sea salt and sesame oil to taste. (Do not skip the sesame oil…it makes this amazing!)

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