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The Growing Pediatric Health Gap: Environmental Injustice Threatens Our Future - As we continue our mission of protecting children’s health, integrative pediatrician Dr. Rosen and I write about the changes in children's health over the last decade, and what we can do about it. We can each change one thing, and we hope this article in  EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing  will inspire you to find one positive change to make for our kids' health.

 Celebrating 15 Years Protecting Children's Health & the Environment

 The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®  - When you are among the first voices to speak out on an issue, it’s difficult to know if anyone is listening. When I founded The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center fifteen years ago, concern about our children's health being impacted by toxic exposures in the environment was not the hot button, trendy issue it is today.  Read more...

 

Deirdre's Dish Pick

 

 Imus Ranch Alfredo Sauce: Recipe by Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys - Alfredo sauce is traditionally served over pasta, but it’s equally delicious on top of rice or vegetables.  The original version is made with heavy cream and full-fat cheese.  Ours is just as delicious, but a great deal healthier.
 

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Deirdre's Book Pick Of The Week

 

 ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic - by Alan Schwarz - The groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and how its unchecked growth over half a century has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults, and society.


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We mourn the loss of Eileen Jurist Prince (Eileen, Back Row Center) inspiration for The Tomorrow's Children Fund and daughter of our dear friend the extraordinary David Jurist.

  
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With the closing of The Imus Ranch For Kids with Cancer, The Imus Ranch Foundation was formed to donate 100% of all donations previously devoted to The Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer to various other charities whose work and missions compliment those of the ranch. The initial donation from The Imus Ranch Foundation was awarded to Tackle Kids Cancer, a program of The HackensackUMC Foundation and the New York Giants.  In addition, once the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer is sold, 100% of those funds will be contributed to The Imus Ranch Foundation.

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    Imus Ranch Recipes

    Thursday
    Sep052013

    Summer Sunset Ice-Pops

    Ingredients

    • 4-6 cups organic orange juice (preferable fresh squeezed)
    • 1 cup organic raspberries
    • 1 cups organic strawberries

     

    Procedure

    Blend Orange juice, and berries in blender or food processor until pulverized and well combined.

    Pour into desired mold, add sticks and freeze until hardened.

    Thursday
    Sep052013

    Glorious Green Ice-Pops

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup organic spinach or chard
    • ½ cup organic  kale or baby collard greens
    • 2-3 organic  bananas
    • 2-3 cups organic  pineapple
    • 1 ½ cups purified water or coconut water

     

    Procedure

    De-stem greens and chop.

    Peel and chop pineapple.

    Place fruit and greens into blender and food processor starting slowly and increasing speed until well pulverized.

    Add water/coconut water slowly and blend.

    Place in popsicle mold and freeze until hard.

     

    Thursday
    Sep052013

    Watermelon Strawberry Popsicle

    Ingredients

    • 2-3 cups ripe organic strawberries
    • 1-2 cups organic watermelon
    • *optional, 2-3 organic dates to increase sweetness

     

    Procedure

    Deseed watermelon if necessary.

    Place berries and watermelon in blender and blend until well pulverized.

    Pour into desired mold and place in freezer for several hours until frozen hard.

     

    Thursday
    Sep052013

    Watermelon Mango Pineapple Popsicle (The Rancher)

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups organic watermelon
    • 1 cup ripe organic mango
    • ¼- ½  cup organic sweet pineapple

     Directions

    Juice all ingredients and stir together

    Place in popsicle mold, ice cube tray, paper cups with popsicle sticks….

    Place in freezer for several hours until frozen hard.

    *If you do not have a juicer you can blend ingredients in blender or food processor until well pulverized and combined.  At this point you can strain the mixture through flour sack cloth, cheese cloth, a fine mesh sieve or even an old clean cotton tee shirt.  You may also make popsicles without straining out fiber but know that this will lead to a different texture and less sweet flavor in your finished product.

    Thursday
    Sep052013

    Very Vegetable Lasagna

    Yields-one 13x9x2 pan/Preheat oven to 350 F

    Ingredients

    • 1 package of organic gluten free lasagna noodles (Tinkyada brand is the ranch favorite)
    • 2-3 cups of organic, grass fed cheese, mozerella, parmesan or your favorite variety. To make a vegan version you may also use a vegan cheese substitute, ¼ to ½ cup of nutritional yeast or omit the “cheese” altogether. *We like to use a cheese called Tumbleweed by 5 Spoke Creamery, which is a semi hard cheese with a somewhat parmesan-like, aged cheddar flavor. It is delicious.
    • 2-4 T organic extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 large yellow onion ~2 cups chopped
    • 3-5 large cloves of garlic
    • 1 organic sweet red bell pepper, chopped finely
    • ~8 lb Fresh Organic Tomatoes *Use the freshest tomatoes possible for best flavor.  We use ours fresh picked from the garden.
    • 1 cup Sundried tomatoes *You may skip this ingredient if not convenient though it does add a punch of vivid flavor and another layer of tomato essence to the sauceJ
    • ~1 cup of tomato paste *Try to find minimally processed tomato products that are packed in glass instead of cans.  Bionaturae sells a line of organic tomato products in glass jars that are of good quality.
    • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped *Two Tablespoons of dried basil may be used instead but will yield a significantly different flavor.
    • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • 2 t dried tarragon
    • 2 t dried oregano and or thyme
    • 1 t powdered/cracked fennel seed
    • 1t dried marjoram
    • 1 t sea salt or pink salt
    • 1 t fresh ground black pepper
    • *Optional  2t to 1T balsamic vinegar, organic coconut sugar/syrup or other sweetener  *The sweetness of the balsamic or sugar can help to balance the acidity of the tomatoes depending on the variety used.  This is best added last, once the flavors of the ingredients in the sauce have had time to comingle and any sweetness in the tomatoes has been allowed to develop.  If the sauce tastes a bit flat or tart at this point, then you may want to add this bit of sweetness.
    • ~4 lbs  of Spinach or Chard
    • 1 medium zucchini, ~2 cups coarsely chopped

    Directions

    Sauce

    Start sauce by sautéing 1.5 cups chopped onion in ~2 T olive oil on medium low to medium heat in large saucepan for 3-5 minutes. 

    Add garlic and bell pepper and sauté 3-5 minutes more.

    Add herbs and spices and stir till combined.

    Add fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, sundried tomatoes as well as salt and pepper.

    Bring all ingredients up to heat, a low simmer, and then turn the temperature down to low and cover.

    Allow sauce to cook for about an hour stirring intermittently. If sauce seems watery nearing the end of cooking, uncover and allow some of the liquid to evaporate.

    Noodles

    While the sauce is cooking boil a large pot of salted water for lasagna noodles. *The greater the volume of water is to the volume of pasta, the better the pasta will cook.

    When water is boiling gently place lasagna noodles into pot and let cook for 12-13 minutes stirring gently every few minutes.

    Strain noodles in colander carefully as to not break or shred noodles. Rinse gently with cool water. *I find it helpful to lay noodles out on clean kitchen towels once they are rinsed and cool enough to handle.  This prevents them from sticking together in colander which may result in breakage.

    Filling

    In another saucepan or large frying pan heat 1-2 T of olive oil and add the remaining chopped onion. Sautee ~5 minutes of medium low heat.

    Add garlic, zucchini and basil. Sautee for 5 minutes more.

    Add spinach and or chard and sauté, stirring for a few more minutes then cover and let cook until wilted. ~3-5 minutes

    Allow this mixture to cool until able to be handled. You may transfer it to a bowl to expedite this process.

    Once cooled press out most of the excess water in the vegetable mixture.  This concentrates flavor and gives a better texture to the finished product. *The liquid may be saved and used to start a soup or in other recipes calling for vegetable broth or stock.

    Assembly

    Ladle several cups of sauce into the bottom of lasagna dish

    Place a layer of noodles on top of sauce to cover the whole area of the dish.

    Sprinkle a scant fistful of cheese over the noodles and then add a layer of pressed filling mixture.

    Sprinkle another scant layer of cheese and then spread a few more ladles of sauce over top of vegetable/cheese layer.

    Add another layer of noodles, cheese, vegetable sauce.

    You may make as many layers as you please dependent on the size of you pan and the amount of noodles, filling sauce you have.

    Finish the lasagna with a layer of noodles and ample sauce. Reserve a bit of cheese to sprinkle on the top in the last 5-10 minutes of baking.

    Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on for last few minutes of baking.