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Living Well iIn Yalobusha County

There are several exciting activities scheduled at the Extension Service during the next few weeks. We have a green bean canning class and participants will learn how to use a pressure canner to can most vegetables, meats and sauces.  The class will be offered on Monday, June 25, at 5 p.m.  The cost of the class is $5 and participants will take home a jar of green beans canned in class.  The deadline to register is Friday June 22 or when class is full.  Space is limited.  Come by the Extension Office in Coffeeville to register.  Your registration fee should be paid to be considered registered for class.

Our 4-H Family & Consumer Science Club Meeting is scheduled Thursday, June 21 at 4 p.m.   The program topic is photography.  Participants will need to bring a digital camera – an iPhone, iPod or iPad will also work.  The program is free and is open to the public-youth ages 8-18.  

Healthy You exercise class continue to meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Extension Office.  The classes are free.  Make sure to wear cool comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.  

Crochet MHV will meet on Thursday, June 21, at 10 a.m. The group is led by volunteer Karol Jarman.  You will need a crochet hook and yarn.  The Crochet MHV is open to the public.

Sewing for Service will meet on Monday, June 18, at 10 a.m. at the Yalobusha County Extension Service located inside the Multi-Purpose Buildings.  Participants will start back on Ari’s Pillowcases.  Which are pillowcases that will be given to youth cancer patients.  If you love to sew and you enjoy helping others this is the group for you!  We hope you will join us!

The United Y.C. MHV Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at the Extension Office.  New members welcome.

Green Beans

Green beans are always a great treat, whether they are canned, fresh or frozen.  Check out the great facts about green beans:

• The green bean plant belongs to the legume family.

• There are over 130 varieties of green beans.

• Green beans are part of the vegetable group on MyPlate.

• The most popular types of green beans include runner, string type and stringless type.

• China produces the majority of green beans. It exports more than 15 million tons per year.

• Green beans contain fiber and vitamin C and are low in calories.

• The green pod is the edible part of the plant and may be green, purple, yellow or red.

• Green beans can be eaten solo as a side dish or added to stir fries, soups or casseroles.

A Recipe

Salad Niçoise

¼ pound fresh green beans, trimmed

3 small red potatoes, sliced

1 (8-ounce) tuna steak (3/4 inch thick)

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 cups torn Bibb lettuce or leaf lettuce

1 tomato, cut into 8 wedges

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Arrange green beans and potato on one side of a vegetable steamer over boiling water in a Dutch oven.  Place tuna on opposite side of basket.  Cover and steam 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.  Set tuna aside to cool.  Plunge beans and potato into ice water to cool.

Combine vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard in a jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously.

Place lettuce on a serving platter.  Drain potato and beans; arrange over lettuce.  Flake tuna, and place on salad; add tomato wedges. Drizzle with vinegar mixture.  Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.  Yield: 2 servings.

Per serving: Calories 279, Fat 6.2g, Protein 30.5g, Carbohydrate 26.5g, Fiber 3.8g, Cholesterol 43mg, Sodium 173mg, Exchanges: 1 1/ starch, 1 vegetable, 4 very lean meat

Recipe Source: Quick and Easy Diabetic Recipes

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