National Handwashing Awareness Week
Good Hand-Washing is the Best Way to Stay Healthy
The first week of December is National Hand-Washing Awareness Week. An infectious disease expert explains why nothing beats good hand hygiene when it comes to keeping the whole family healthy during cold and flu season.
To keep the whole family healthy during cold and flu season, nothing beats good hand hygiene.
But, according to Frank Esper, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic Children’s, when it comes to our tiniest family members, we need to pay special attention.
“The youngest children, the one and two-year-olds, are not very good hand-washers,” he said. “They generally have a hard time working with soap and water and doing the whole hand-washing sequence. That’s where alcohol-based sanitizers help; they tend to be much better for the smaller children.”
Dr. Esper said once children have reached school age, they are better able to wash their hands correctly.
He recommends washing hands with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, and to make sure both hands are covered with soap.
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Baked Cranberry Chicken with Rosemary
A healthy recipe for the holidays (gluten & dairy free)
This easy baked cranberry chicken recipe with rosemary is the perfect festive dinner! Bold flavors from fresh garlic, rosemary, citrus, and tangy-sweet cranberries come together to create a show-stopping dish. If you like, you can marinate the chicken in the seasoning and citrus for a couple hours in the fridge or just do as in the recipe and allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes.
PREP TIME 15 mins
COOK TIME 45 mins
SERVINGS 6 people
▢2 cups fresh cranberries
▢⅓ cup brown sugar
▢2-3 tablespoon white wine vinegar more for later
▢6 pieces bone-in skin on chicken (I used 2 chicken breasts and 4 thighs)
▢6-8 garlic cloves minced
▢Salt and pepper
▢1 ½ tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 ½ teaspoon dry rosemary
▢1 teaspoon sweet paprika
▢⅓ cup Extra virgin olive oil I used Private Reserve Greek EVOO
▢1 lemon juice of (do not discard used lemon halves)
▢1 large yellow onion chopped
▢3 celery stalks chopped
▢½ cup chicken broth or water
▢More fresh rosemary for garnish
In a small bowl, combine the cranberries, brown sugar, and white wine vinegar. Set aside for now.
Pat the chicken pieces dry. Rub the chicken with the minced garlic on both sides (make sure to apply some of the garlic underneath the chicken skins). Season well with salt and pepper. Combine the rosemary and paprika then apply to the chicken pieces on both sides and again underneath the skin.
In a large bowl or deep enough dish, mix the olive oil, lemon juice and 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar. Now add the chicken, celery, onions, and used lemon halves. Work everything together with clean hands. Set aside to marinate just for 15 minutes or so.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet. Place the chicken skin side down to brown on medium-high for 5 minutes. Turn over and brown on the other side.
Place the chicken, onions, celery, lemon halves and any liquid from the marinade in a lightly oiled baking pan. Add ½ cup water or chicken broth, then add the sugared cranberries.
Bake in the 425 degrees F heated-oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through. Serve hot with Lebanese rice and your favorite salad.
If you like, brown the chicken before baking to seal in juices and keep the chicken moist
To use boneless chicken instead, I recommend chicken thighs. Begin by browning them for a couple minutes on each side. Adjust baking time; boneless thighs will take about 25 minutes to bake in the oven
Frozen cranberries option: If you can’t find fresh cranberries, frozen cranberries will also work in this baked cranberry chicken recipe. To prepare them, thaw them out ahead of time and be sure to drain them very well. You will not need to use white wine vinegar with frozen cranberries, but do still toss them in some brown sugar before using in this recipe.
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