ITG Weight Loss Blog — Vegetables

Cucumber Vinaigrette Dressing

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Cucumber Vinaigrette Dressing

Cucumber Vinaigrette Dressing For All Stages of the ITG Diet Plan Ingredients For 4 people () Recipe 1 Medium peeled cucumber (sliced) 1 tablespoon(s) Olive Oil 2 teaspoon(s) Minced or chopped garlic 1 teaspoon(s) Oregano 1 teaspoon(s) Basil 1/4 teaspoon(s) Fresh Ground Pepper 3 Large leaves of lettuce 1/4 cup(s) White Vinegar   Cucumber Vinaigrette Dressing Directions Place all ingredients in a blender and process until liquified. Use as salad dressing or as a dip for raw vegetables. 

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Visit Nelson's Family Farm in Ft. Pierce

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Visit Nelson's Family Farm in Ft. Pierce

Welcome to one of Florida's finest Open-Air Markets with the largest selections of Fresh Taste from Florida! Celebrating over 70 Years!  Nelson Family Farms welcomes you to our family owned & operated produce market and ornamental nursery.   The Nelsons provide the finest tastes Florida has to offer in beautiful White City, Fort Pierce, Florida.  They also carry Walden Farms Products! View Nelson's Website HERE!

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How to Tell if Your Vegetables are Ripe and Ready to Eat

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How to Tell if Your Vegetables are Ripe and Ready to Eat

Artichokes Ripe artichokes will feel heavy and have large, tightly closed fleshy leaf scales. They should be green in color and plump in size. An artichoke with loose leaves that have holes in them is not fresh and should not be eaten. Available: Year-round Best to Buy: March - May   Asparagus Shoppers should look for tightly closed buds and straight, tender stalks. The color of ripe asparagus is a rich green. Signs of over maturity include open tips, and angular or ridged spears. Available: Year-round Best to Buy: March - June Broccoli Ripe broccoli is firm with dark green, closed florets. If the...

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Common Mistakes With Frozen Vegetables

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Common Mistakes With Frozen Vegetables

If you're like many people, the fresh vegetables you buy can sometimes go bad before you have a chance to use them. It's a common problem.  One solution to that problem is to learn how to store your vegetables properly. But another solution is to avail yourself of the modern miracle that is frozen vegetables. Frozen vegetables get a bad rap, which is unfortunate, because they can be quite excellent. In many cases, frozen vegetables are even superior to fresh veggies—especially once those "fresh" veggies have been sitting in your crisper drawer for a day or two. Consider: Frozen veggies are flash...

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Fruit & Vegetable Shelf Life

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Fruit & Vegetable Shelf Life

Leave refrigerated produce unwashed in its original packaging or wrapped loosely in a plastic bag. (Exceptions, such as mushrooms and herbs, are noted below.) If your greens seem sandy or dirty—think lettuce from the farmers’ market—rinse and dry them well, then wrap them in a paper towel before placing in a plastic bag. Fruits and vegetables stored at room temperature should be removed from any packaging and left loose. The guidelines below assume that your produce is ripe and ready to eat. Some items, like apricots and avocados, will ripen faster in a paper bag on the countertop (see below)....

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