Lettuce Recall

Lettuce Recall, never fear……
The lettuce being recalled is the romaine lettuce. You can still have pretty salads and a salad that is so cool and refreshing without the fear of your lettuce being on the recalled list.

I prefer the green leaf head lettuce. I find there is no after taste, no re-tasting later during the night or feeling yucky after having eaten a salad.

The green leaf head lettuce can be found in most groceries. It is a great source of Vitamin, A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, calcium, iron, copper and antioxidants lutein and beta carotene. It is very low in saturated fats and cholesterol. On the charts, it would be listed as 0 for both. One cup and a half of loosely shredded is about 15 calories or a cup is about 9 calories.

Be sure to wash the lettuce in cool water and pat dry with a paper towel if you do not have a salad spinner which takes out the excess water, prior to bagging it for the refrigerator. If you take our the moisture, it should be good for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

When storing lettuce, be sure to store away from apples, pears and bananas. Ethylene gas, a natural ripening agent, causes lettuce to have brown spots and to decay much faster than normal. Discard lettuce that appears slimy or has black spots. Slimy lettuce is a sign of decomposing and the black spots are normally mold.

Of all the lettuces I have tried, I keep coming back to the green leaf head lettuce. When spun in a salad spinner after rinsing, its crispness and taste is so good. The green leaf head lettuce doesn’t bother me after eating it as many types of salad leaves do. I do not know why it doesn’t but it doesn’t. I’ve heard others say so too after trying this particular lettuce. Try it for yourself, now that romaine, is not the lettuce of choice in many areas due to the recall.

Check out my recipe section for several great salad choices–with or without the meat, they are excellent salad recipes.

Bon Appetite!

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