We didn’t used to live on junk food

<strong>Penny’s Pantry</strong> Penny Case

Penny’s Pantry Penny Case

I hate to say this but it’s true: The United States has the most overweight people in the world.

When was the last time your family sat together for supper? You hardly see that anymore. When I was growing up, my family always ate supper together. If we didn’t make it at the table at 5:30, you didn’t eat. That was one of our family rules. The only time we were excused from the table was if we were sick. Having supper together was a time for all of us to tell how we spent our day. We laughed, ate healthy, and just enjoyed our time together.

None of my family were overweight because we never had junk food to eat. Since we had a large garden, everything was fresh and we had the veggies and fruits my mom canned or froze in the winter. We only had fruit or veggies like celery and carrot sticks to eat between meals. Mom would fix us a nice snack or dessert in the evening. On Tuesday nights, she made her fresh peach cobbler. I loved mine with cream over it; we also had vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for it.

Some evenings she made chocolate milkshakes by pouring milk in our ice cube trays and freezing them. Then she would fill each tall glass full of ice cubes and spoon cocoa mix over each glass. All we had to do was stir it up and drink it. It was just like a milkshake. She made buttered popcorn to go with it or sometimes homemade ice cream. Our biggest treat was her delicious homemade cake donuts.

People nowadays eat a lot of fast food, baked goods, and all those fancy coffees. Instead of eating all those high-calorie foods, try to eat low fat foods, fresh veggies, and fruit. You can eat sweets — just don’t over do it. Let’s try to stay healthier in 2017. We’ll all feel better.

Until next time, enjoy these recipes.

Parmesan Chicken

• 4 chicken breasts

• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

• 1/8 cup parsley

• 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

• 1/2 tsp. each paprika, salt, pepper

• 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

Dip chicken into melted margarine, then roll in mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes in a greased casserole dish.

New Orleans Grilled Shrimp

• 1/2 cup olive oil

• 1/2 cup margarine or butter

• 1 tsp. minced garlic

• 1/2 tsp. each basil, salt, oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper

• 1 lb. peeled shrimp

Place oil and margarine in a saucepan, heat until margarine melts. Add spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest 15 minutes. Grill the shrimp, toss in the sauce, and serve.

Rice Pilaf

• 1 1/2 cup long grain rice

• 2 tbsp. margarine or butter, melted

• 3 1/4 cups chicken broth

• 1/3 cup each chopped fresh parsley, chopped celery, chopped carrots, sliced almonds

• 1/4 tsp. pepper

Cook rice in margarine in larger skillet over medium heat until rice is slightly browned, stirring often; stir in chicken broth and remaining ingredients, then bring to a boil. Remove from heat; pour into lightly greased two-quart casserole. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Peppermint Patties

• 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

• 1 tbsp. peppermint extract

• Green or red food coloring

• 6 cups powdered sugar

• Additional powdered sugar

• 1 1/2 lbs. chocolate coating

In large bowl, combine milk, extract, and food coloring. Add six cups powdered sugar and beat on low until smooth. Turn mixture onto surface sprinkled with powdered sugar. Shape into one-inch balls. Place two inches apart on wax paper. Flatten each ball into 1 1/2 inch patties. Let dry one hour, turn over, and let dry one hour more. With a fork, dip each patty into chocolate. Place on wax paper. Let stand until firm. Store in refrigerator.

Penny Case is a lifelong resident of Wellington who loves to cook and share recipes. Send recipes to her at 22 Johns St. or at news@theoberlinnews.com.

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