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Green’s Persian Spinach Dip with Caramelized Sweet Onion

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2 pounds fresh spinach, washed (or 2 (12-ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach)
2 Sweet Onions, diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 pint plain yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted in a 300º oven

In a large pan, cook the spinach in the water that clings to the leaves until it wilts. Drain, rinse under cold water and gently squeeze out the excess liquid. Chop finely and reserve.

In a medium pan, cook the onions in the butter over medium heat until well caramelized and golden brown. Cool and then mix with the spinach, yogurt, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts and serve as an appetizer or as a dip for pita bread and crudités (colored pepper wedges, Belgian endive and/or Treviso spears, celery lengths, cucumber boats, snow peas, sweet onions cut into single layer wedges, scooped out plum tomato wedges, and any colorful vegetable that is more or less boat shaped to hold a chunky dip).

If you’ve had one too many spinach salads try using this power-packed vegetable in a festive dip this weekend. Recipe taken from KYV.

Healthy Halloween Treats

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Booger Balls
1¼ cups pecans
10 dried dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cacao powder (unsweetened)
pinch of sea salt (regular salt OK to use)
Green food coloring

Put pecans into a food processor and chop for 15-30 seconds or until nuts are in tiny pieces, but not powder. Add the dates, food coloring and the cacao powder and blend another 15-30 seconds. Roll into balls and serve. Makes 12-18 pieces

Chocolate Covered Apples Jack o’ lanterns
4 apples
1 cup dark-chocolate baking discs or chips
Parchment paper

Remove the apple stems and insert the sticks into the top of the apples. Melt a cup of dark chocolate baking discs or chips in a double boiler (or just insert metal bowl into a pot of boiling water). When the chocolate has melted, slowly rotate each apple until all sides are covered in chocolate. Place on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper and set in the fridge to cool.
Once cooled, take a tooth pick and carve out a jack o’lantern face into the apple.

Kids Oughta Be Covered!

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According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, kids who get regular medical checkups and health care, including vaccinations, have better attendance rates and get better grades.

As many parents know, back to school is also the time when kids get sick. So now is the perfect time to be prepared for those routine maladies like scrapes and cuts, colds and ear infections; as well as those chronic problems like asthma or allergies, and occasional emergencies such as broken bones.

But paying for all of that care can place a huge burden on the family budget. There are more than 17,000 uninsured children in Duval County, with more than 16,000 who qualify for low-cost health insurance through the Florida KidCare program – however, most are not enrolled because either their families are unaware of the program or that they qualify.

Free or low cost health coverage, through the state of Florida’s KidCare program, offers health insurance for children from birth thru age 18.

Even if one or both parents are working, coverage may be available for as little as $15-$20 per month per household, which will cover up to 8 children. A family of four earning $48,500 qualifies for low cost coverage.

Florida KidCare services include doctor visits & checkups, shots & prescriptions, dental, hearing & vision care, hospital care, surgeries & emergencies, mental health services and much more.

It’s now easy to add health insurance to your child’s backpack and can be even cheaper than the cost of all your children’s school supplies. And with KidCare, enrollment is open year-round. In Jacksonville, application assistance is available by simply dialing 211 or visit to find an enrollment location near you. Families may also visit or call 1-888-540-KIDS.

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