Weekly Food for Thought with how to get a healthy, delicious breakfast in the morning, "The Chew: Food. Life. Fun." and more.

Here are a few ideas to help get a nutritious and delicious breakfast on the table, even when you're short on time.


* Set the table the night before. Put dishes, silverware and glasses in place, then add non-perishables in the morning. If you'll want coffee, program your coffeemaker and have cups and add-ins in place.


* Let everyone customize their breakfast. It doesn't take much time to make a parfait –– everyone can layer their favorite yogurt with different fruits and crunchy cereal. Make individual smoothies, or set out various cereal toppings like yogurt, nuts, berries or fruits.


* Keep a stash of wholesome on-the-go breakfasts in case you're running late.


-- Honey Bunches of Oats/ Family Features


Tip of the Week: Cooking a dandelion


A relative of endive, the dandelion is a versatile plant. The leaves can be added to salads, used in herbal applications or cooked in the same manner as spinach. The flowers can be used to make a light-bodied wine as well as a sweet preserve.


-- funtrivia.com


Easy recipe: Cranberry Orange Muffins


1 3/4 cups flour


1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon sugar


4 teaspoons baking powder


2 cups Honey Bunches of Oats cereal


3/4 cup fat-free milk


1 egg


1 teaspoon grated orange peel


1/3 cup orange juice


2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon oil


1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar and baking powder in large bowl. Mix 1 cup cereal and milk in medium bowl; let stand 3 minutes. Add egg, orange peel, orange juice and 2 tablespoons oil; mix well. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. (Batter will be lumpy.) Gently stir in cranberries. Crush remaining 1 cup cereal; mix with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tsp. oil. Spoon batter evenly into 16 paper-lined medium muffin cups. Top with cereal mixture. Bake 22 minutes or until muffins are golden brown and wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to wire rack. Serve warm or cooled. Serves 16.


-- Honey Bunches of Oats


Did You Know?


Some minimally processed foods like pre-cut vegetables are quality convenience foods, helping busy people eat healthier. -- EatRight.org


Food Quiz


Native to Mexico and Central America, which vegetable is also known as the Mexican potato or the Mexican turnip?


A. sweet potato


B. eggplant


C. arracacha


D. jicama


-- funtrivia.com


Answer is at bottom of column


Wise to the Word: Macaroon


A small cookie classically made of almond paste or ground almonds (or both) mixed with sugar and egg whites. They can be chewy, crunchy or a combined texture with the outside crisp and the inside chewy. Macaroons can be flavored with various ingredients, such as chocolate, maraschino cherries or orange peel.


-- epicurious.com


Number to Know


630: An Original Chicken Sandwich at Burger King is 630 calories.


 -- calorieking.com


The Dish On …


"The Chew: Food. Life. Fun." by 'The Chew'


The hosts of ABC's daytime TV show "The Chew" bring you their easy, delicious meals, entertaining tips and money-saving tricks in this must-have companion cookbook. The show's five beloved hosts dish on everything to do with cooking and entertaining. This lively book not only captures their trademark wit and fun, practical advice, but it also highlights the easy ideas that have brought so much to America's family table.


-- Hyperion


Food Quiz Answer


D. jicama


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