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'i Food Health and Fitness PahrumpVaile Gazette,.'fhurrday, May 29, 1997 9,.,, I l II l l II l l II I I Back to basics cool:ing Enjoy the great taste of tamales without fussing with dried corn husks in Quick Mexican Ta- male Pie. This one-skillet meal features a richly flavored ground turkey filling seasoned with onion, oregano, garlic and Stir- Fry sauce. Even though it's not a usual staple in Mexican cuisine, bottled Stir-fry sauce - a blend of naturally brewed soy sauce, sherry, garlic and select seasonings - has a complex piquancy that works very well with the other ingredients to give this tamale pie a savory, tempting flavor. The top- ping, made with corn muffin mix, is a snap. This fam- ily pleasing dinner takes under an hour to make, so you can serve it any evening of the week. Quick Mexican Tamale Pie 1 cup coarsely chopped onion 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed I tablespoon vegetable oil 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey or lean ground beef 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup Stir-Fry Sauce 1 can (11 oz.) Mexican-style corn, drained 1 cup diced green bell pepper 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh tomatoes Corn Bread Topping * Cook onion and oregano in hot oil in 10-inch skillet with oven-proof handle over medium-high heat until onion is i I tender. Stir in turkey and garlic and cook until turkey is browned. Add stir-fry sauce, corn, bell pepper and toma- toes; cook and stir until bell pepper is tender, yet crisp. Remove from heat. Prepare Corn Bread Topping: spread evenly over turkey mixture. Bake in 400 degree oven 15-18 minutes, or until topping is golden brown. Makes 6 servings. * Corn Bread Topping: Stir together I package. (8-1/ 2o ) corn muffin mix, 1 egg and 1/2 cup milk in bowl until just blended. Each serving: 446 calories, 18g fat, 86 mg choles., 998mg sodium, 47 g carb., 24g protein. i i i ii i I I i The ABCs for fun in the sun Warm, sunny days are wonderful especially after a gru- eling winter. But what feels so good on your skin, warming your soul, can be very bad for you, your family, and especially the delicate skin of a baby. Sun exposure has long been seen as a healthy benefit of outdoor activity. Recent .information has shown some unhealthy effects of sun expo- sure, including early aging of the skin, cataracts of the eye and skin cancer. "Parents need to realize that freckles are not cute - they're a sign of sun damage. And even one or two blistering sunburns can significantly increase a child's risk for devel- oping melanoma skin cancer later in life," said Roger Ceilley, M.D., president of the American Academy of I / L Dermatology. The sun is the main cause of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. There will be one mil- lion new cases of skin cancer this year. Skin cancer can and does occur in children and young adults, but most of the cases occur in middle aged and older people. Adults get skin cancer because they have al- ready received too much of the sun's damaging rays. Our skin remembers each sunburn and each suntan year after year. All skin cancers are harmful, and some, especially malignant melanoma, can be deadly if left un- treated. Sun exposure in early child- hood and adolescence contributes to skin cancer. "Sunburn is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including malignant melanoma. We can't change our skin type of family history, but we can change our sunbathing habits," Dr. Ceilley said. Sun protection should begin in infancy and continue throughout life. It is estimated that children get about 80 percent of their :total lifetime sun exposure in the first 18 years of life. That's because children spend more time outdoors than most adults, especially in summer. Therefore, sun prevention in childhood is important to prevent skin cancer later in life. How can parents protect their kids? Teach your children to follow the ABCs for FUN in the SUN. A = Away. Stay away from the sun in the middle of the day. B = BLOCK. Use 15 or higher sunscreen. C = COVER UP. Wear a T-shirt and a hat. S = SPEAKOUT. Talk to family and friends about sun protection. The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to keep a baby, and even young children out of the sun during these hours. The sun's damaging UV rays are in- creased by reflection from sand, water, snow and concrete; so be particularly careful in these areas. In addition, don't let those clouds fool you -- most of the sun's rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day, so you must use protection even on cloudy days. When choosing a sunscreen, look for the words "broad spectrum" on the label-it means that the sunsereen will screen out both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. The sun protection factor (SPF) should always be at least 15. Use a generous amount of sunscreen and rub it in well, making sure to cover all exposed areas, especially the face, nose, ears, feet and hands, and even the back of the knees. Put it on 20 minutes before going outdoors. The sunscreen needs time to work on the skin. Reapply after swimming or excessive sweating, Take a minute to carefully choose a sunscreen. Read the product label. Look for a waterproofhrand if you will be sweating or swimming. Buy a non-stinging product or one specially formulated for use on faces if you're using it on your face or your children. Look for a PABA-free brand if you are sensitive to that ingredient. If you have oily skin or are acne-prone, select a water- based lotion. Remember, expensive is not always better. Although a costly brand may feel or smell better, it isn't necessarily more effective. Always cover up with a hat and tightly woven clothing when outdoors. Don't play or work outdoors without a shirt. Put on a shirt and hat after swimming or even wear a T-shirt while swimming. Tightly woven clothing not only filters out the sun, but it also reflects heat and helps to keep you feeling cool. Speak out for sun protection now. Make it a part of your daily regime. Show family and friends how to apply sunscreen. Take a minute to talk to the coach, camp counselor, Scout leader, gym teacher and other leaders about the ABCs for FUN in the SUN. Make them a part of the simple changes that can prevent sun damage.