The Youth Connection’s I2D2 Fruit/Vegetable of The Month: Bananas & Cucumbers

Bananas & Cucumbers

Bananas are rich in fiber, which helps moderate blood sugar levels and improve digestive health. Bananas are also a great source of potassium, a mineral essential for health heart, controlling blood pressure and kidney health. Cucumbers are 96% water, helping to keep you hydrated. Cucumbers contain potassium, which can help lower blood pressure and have good source of Vitamin K, a vitamin essential for bone health.

 

Produce Tip: Look for bananas that have an even yellow color. Avoid bruised bananas, or those that have been visibly damaged during the shipping process as they will ripen unevenly. Choose firm, dark green cucumbers with no wrinkles or spongy spots. Avoid wilted, soft of damaged cucumbers.

Creamy Dill Dip

• Yield: 16 servings • Prep Time: 5 minutes • Servings: 16

Serve with cucumber slices.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream, non-fat
  • 1 cup yogurt, non-fat plain
  • 2 tablespoons dill (dried)

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, cream together sour cream, yogurt, and dill.

2. Store the dip in a covered container if you don’t use it right away.

3. Keep the dip in the fridge until your serve.

Easiest Banana Ice Cream

• Yield: 3 servings • Cook Time: 1 hour • Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ bananas (can use 2-3 bananas)
  • 3  tablespoons milk
  • Chocolate syrup (optional)

Instructions

1. When bananas have become very ripe, peel and slice them into medium size round pieces. Place on a plastic wrap covered baking sheet and put in freezer overnight.

2. Place frozen bananas in a food processor or blender with a small splash of milk (not over ¼ cup total).

3. Pulse food processor or blender until bananas begin to break up. The will be tiny balls of bananas at this point.

4. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, scrape down the banana mixture. Continue running the food processor until the mixture is smooth and creamy. This may take a few minutes. The ice cream will look and tastes like soft serve ice cream when finished.

5. Server in an ice cream cone or in a small bowl with a small ribbon of chocolate syrup on top (optional).

Chicken Salad on Cucumber Boats

• Yield: 6 servings • Cook Time: 1 ½ hour • Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups chicken breast (cooked, diced)
  • ½ cup celery (chopped)
  • ¼ cup onion (chopped)
  • 3 packages pickle relish (2/3 tablespoon)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (light)
  • 3 medium cucumbers for boats

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients.

2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

3. Wash the cucumbers off and pat dry with clean paper towel. Cut in half and add chicken salad.

4. Use within 1-2 days. Chicken salad does not freeze well.

HOW TO USE LEFTOVER CHICKEN

  1. Make chicken salad sandwiches.
  2. Make a pasta salad by mixing with 2 cups cooked pasta.

Banana Smoothie

• Yield: 1 serving • Cook Time: 5 minutes • Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¾ cup banana cream yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons International Delight French Vanilla Creamer
  • 2 bananas, frozen

Instructions

1. Using a blender, blend all ingredients together.

2. Pour into glass and enjoy!

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I2D2 Fruit/Vegetable of the Month: Bananas & Cucumbers

Bananas & Cucumbers

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