Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients for Butternut Squash Soup

  • Butternut Squash: You can use cubed fresh or frozen butternut squash. Or buy a whole butternut squash. It is easy to peel with a sharp vegetable peeler. Then you trim the ends, cut in half horizontally, scoop out the seeds from the 2 chubby halves and dice. That’s it!
  • Onion and Spices: What I think takes this soup to the next level is fresh good quality curry powder. It does wonders to any dish when sauteed with onion and adds an incredible orange color. Then add dried ginger and thyme.
  • Coconut Milk: I use full fat canned coconut milk. It makes soups like sun dried tomato soup creamier and adds healthy fats and calories. If you are not a fan of coconut milk, use regular milk (2% or higher) or any plant-based milk like almond milk.
  • Broth: I recommend low sodium (of course) vegetable broth or vegetable bouillon cubes.
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November 2021 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

As we approach the end of the year, we begin to experience cooler and shorter days. It is vital that we take proper precautions towards Covid, while keeping in mind the common cold and flu season which is most customary during this time of the year. It is easy to catch the common cold or flu because defenses are down, and people have the tendency to fall out of daily routines like eating right and exercising daily.

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Healthy Apricot Chicken for Two

13 Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 300g skinless chicken thigh fillets, fat trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 small onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 stick celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) Massel salt reduced chicken style liquid stock
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) apricot nectar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 x 400g can cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
  • Steamed snow peas, to serve
  • Broccolini, to serve
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September 2021 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

There’s a tough conversation facing parents who truly care about what their children are learning from them. It’s easily dodged and rationalized as something better addressed at another time, and too easily hidden beneath a surface appearance of propriety and health. It’s the antithesis of what our parents often said to us – do as I say, not as I do – which today has been exposed as a Clintonesque deflection of responsibility stemming from ignorance and, perhaps, an unencumbered selfishness. Nobody expects parents to be perfect. In fact, the way parents address their own imperfections can effectively model desired behavior and values for children. But when parents stick to their faulty guns with the stubborn resolve of an addict, or worse, if they fail to recognize the insidious little ways their own choices are poisoning the perceptions of their children, they are coming up short on their report card of parental effectiveness. These parents need a wakeup call, because the window of opportunity to make lasting impressions on our children is short and closing fast, and the bad impressions are every bit as enduring as the good ones.

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Valli Little’s Cajun Ocean Trout with Pineapple Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, sweet smoked paprika (pimenton) and fennel seeds
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 x 150g ocean trout fillets, skin removed, pin-boned
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 long red chilli, seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
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August 2021 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Have you ever heard the adage that you are what you eat? Well, it may be more appropriate to say that you are what you drink. And whether you realize it or not, water is the main ingredient of everything, including your body.

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Salsa Verde Shrimp with Cilantro Rice

INGREDIENTS

1 c. white rice

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. diced shallot

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 c. salsa verde

1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro, divided

Lime wedges, for serving

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Attention Animal Lovers!

Have you ever wondered how you can start getting paid for something that you love? Many people have taken their passion for animals and turned it into a successful business.

Just because you are not a Veterinarian or zoo keeper does not mean you cannot be around animals for a living. Some of the possible career paths you could consider are walking, training or boarding others pet(s); grooming or spa treatments; clothing and accessories for animals; and/ or animal photography.

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May 2021 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Multiple studies have shown that being a pet owner can dramatically help improve your health.  After all, pets can provide us with many therapeutic benefits.

First, research shows that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression compared to those without pets. Second, people with pets show signs of lower blood pressure in stressful situations. Next, playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine that work to calm and relax the brain. Fourth, pet owners have lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels than those without pets. Fifth, pets aid development in children, especially emotionally. Sixth, pet owners over the age of 65 make 30% fewer visits to their doctors. Lastly, pets can increase your daily exercise creating the need for frequent walks or jogs.

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