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Surimi Seafood Adds Spring Flavor to Every Meal

(Family Features) Spring is finally here and it is a great time to celebrate warmer weather and sunnier days by hosting get-togethers with friends and family. And if you’re looking to impress with a dish ripe for spring, surimi is a flavorful ingredient to add to salads, sandwiches, pastas, dips and more.

Whether you’re hosting a weekend brunch, celebrating Easter or heading outside for a picnic, Louis Kemp Crab Delights are a delicious and economical way to add spring flavor and the nutritional benefits of seafood to any dish. The surimi seafood is a good source of protein, low in calories and cholesterol and a guilt-free way to wow your guests.

Made from premium wild Alaskan Pollock and real snow crab, surimi seafood is fully cooked and can be served hot or cold, on-the-go and straight from the package to add extra protein and delicious crab flavor to any meal or snack. An alternative to crab meat and other shellfish, Crab Delights can liven up your spring entertaining with recipes such as Surimi Quiche and Seafood and Cherry Tomato Pasta.

Find more delicious, spring-inspired seafood recipes at louiskemp.com.

Seafood and Cherry Tomato Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 11/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • large pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 12 ounces rotini or other pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Louis Kemp Crab Delights, flake or chunk style
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

  1. In large serving bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and red pepper flakes. Add pasta, surimi seafood, basil and feta to mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Preparation Time:
25 minutes

Surimi Quiche

Ingredients

  • 2 deep dish pie crusts (9 inches)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Louis Kemp Crab Delights, flake or chunk style
  • 1/2 pound frozen spinach, defrosted and drained (4 ounces drained)
  • 1/8 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

  1. Place oven rack in bottom third of oven and heat to 425°F.
  2. Line pie crust with aluminum foil or parchment paper and fill with pastry weights. Bake until pastry is golden at edges, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and remove aluminum foil and pastry weights. Return pastry to oven and bake until bottom is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Move oven rack to middle and lower temperature to 350°F.
  4. Add surimi seafood, spinach, dill and cheese to prebaked pie shells. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half and pepper. Pour mixture over ingredients in pie shells. Bake until filling puffs and is no longer wobbly in center when quiche is gently shaken, 40-50 minutes. Cool in pie plate for at least 15 minutes. Divide each quiche into 6 wedges and serve.

Preparation Time:
30 minutes

What Parents Should Know about Spring Allergies

Approximately 40 percent of children suffer from seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are different than year-round allergies because symptoms only occur during certain periods.

The symptoms for seasonal allergies show up at the same time every year and disappear in about four to ten weeks.

How can you tell the difference between a cold, the flu, and seasonal allergies? What steps can you take to help prevent them and make your child feel better?

Spring Allergies: 
• Spring allergies usually begin in March and may last through the summer

• Spring allergies are caused because of environmental changes. Pollen counts are higher during the spring

• Because of the nicer weather, children are more likely to be exposed to outdoor allergens, such as tree pollens, grasses and weeds

• Seasonal allergies usually develop by the time a child is ten years old. The symptoms peak when they are in their early twenties, and usually disappear by young adulthood

• Seasonal allergies do not usually develop in infants. Children need to be exposed to several pollen seasons in order to develop a reaction

• Seasonal allergies are sometimes hereditary. Children are more likely to develop them if their mother or father has had seasonal allergies

Symptoms of Spring Allergies:

• Lingering congestion that does not clear up

• Itchiness of the nose and throat

• Swollen, watery, itchy eyes and redness

• Sneezing and nasal drainage that is clear and watery

• Children can sometimes develop an ear infection, or inflammation in the ear

• Children can sometimes develop a rash that can appear anywhere on the body

• If a child has a fever or is complaining of body aches, those are usually signs of a cold or flu, not spring allergies

Preventive Tips:
While there is no real cure for spring allergies, it’s possible to help prevent them and relieve symptoms. Uncontrolled allergies can make your child’s symptoms worst.
• Keep your home’s windows and doors closed, use the air conditioner whenever possible

• Keep your car’s windows closed and use the air conditioner

• Have your child shower at night in order to wash the pollen off before bedtime

• Make sure your child washes their hands properly after playing outside

• Children should avoid the outdoors when pollen levels are at their highest, between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

• Parents should schedule outdoor activities after 10 a.m.
Parents should always consult their child’s pediatrician. They can properly diagnose a child’s ailment and determine if medication or further testing is needed.

Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida (PCCSF) is a group of leading pediatric intensivists and hospitalists who are board-certified and fellowship-trained in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. They currently operate the pediatric critical care unit (PICU) facility at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. For more information, please visit www.pccsf.com or call (954) 454-5131.

Renowned Natural Oral Health Dentist Offers Advice for National Children’s Dental Health Month, Makes Donation to Operation Smile

Think you are keeping your kids’ teeth healthy? Think again!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, making it a great time to look at how families around the country are caring for their children’s teeth. Most parents believe they are doing the right thing by opting for popular brands of toothpaste and colorful products that will catch their child’s attention. Yet what these people are not usually aware of are all the hidden dangers in the mass-marketed products because of the ingredients they are made of.

“Many of the products that parents are buying for their children to use are made with ingredients that they really shouldn’t have,” explains Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of products called Dr. Sharp Dentistry, and is celebrating their 10th year as a Natural Oral Care provider. “Ideally, you want to use a natural product, so you avoid the ingredients that can be harmful to your child’s health.”

5 Habits for a Lifetime of Good Eye Health

(Family Features) Most of us are familiar with the healthy habits necessary to promote a high quality of life – whether we put them into practice or not. What some may not realize is that many of these common-sense teachings not only prevent disease, they also keep vital organs, such as your eyes, in tip-top shape.

“Your quality of life is closely linked to how well you see,” said Lisa Shin, an optometrist and VSP provider based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. “You can take steps now to take care of your eyes and preserve your vision well into old age.”

Nursery Decor Handmade with Love

(Family Features) Whether you’re working on a budget or simply looking to infuse a little handmade love, DIY projects can bring a special heartfelt touch to a baby’s nursery.

Themes for a nursery range far and wide: everything from bold patterns and shapes to animals and objects representing favorite pastimes. You can go completely DIY and make items such as the crib skirt, bedding and curtains by hand, or you can expand on pieces you purchase with creative accessories such as this wall art or mobile, both created by the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Each can be fully customized to match the color scheme and theme you have selected to welcome your little one.