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As a health coach, I often tell my clients to keep a cutting board and knife out on the kitchen counter. Why? Because it makes it so easy to cut up an apple or slice some cucumber rounds for yourself or your kids. Now, I realize that taking out a knife and cutting board only when you need them isn't a big deal, and yet...sometimes we moms are so overwhelmed that even these little things seem like too much. And then we might just grab a handful of chips instead. Oops. So, do yourself a favor and make eating clean even easier: keep that cutting board out all day! I bet you'll find yourself eating more fresh fruits and veggies.
Of course, we don't want to keep a messy cutting board on our counters. Ick. That's where the affordable new Clorox Green Works Pump 'N Clean comes in so handy. This food-safe, naturally derived cleaner is quick and easy. I just pump it onto my thin, microfiber kitchen cloth and wipe down my board and knife—then they're clean and ready for the next fruit or vegetable to get chopped! (Keep in mind it's not recommended for use with raw meat or raw fish, though.)
This pump is a great tool for quick surface cleaning when you're chopping a variety of ingredients, as I did for my simple Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers. First, cut the watermelon into bite-size cubes. You'll see that your cutting board gets pretty full of sticky juice!
Set the watermelon aside; use the Pump 'N Clean to wipe the juice off your messy cutting board and knife. Then cube your feta and set the cheese aside. Again, pump the food-safe cleaner and wipe the cheese (feta can be crumbly!) off the board and knife.
Now you can assemble the skewers. First, I pair similarly-sized fruit and cheese cubes; this is a rustic dish, the cubes don't have to perfectly match. Food should be like nature: perfectly imperfect.
Best of all, you've got that clean cutting board—and now you're going to use it as a serving platter! That's right, no extra dishes to wash. Just leave the assembled skewers right on the board and squeeze some fresh lime over all of them, then top with freshly-ground black pepper. It's a great combination of flavors: sweet, savory, tart, herbaceous, and peppery, all in one delicious bite.
serves 4 to 6
- 24 bite-sized cubes of seedless watermelon
- 24 bite-sized cubes of feta cheese
- 24 mint leaves, washed and dried
- fresh lime
- freshly-ground black pepper
- 24 toothpicks, for serving
Pair one cube of melon with a cube of feta. Wrap in a mint leaf, pushing a toothpick through to keep all of the ingredients together. Repeat until you have two dozen little skewers. Squeeze lime over the top, then grind black pepper over the whole platter.
I found the Pump 'N Clean at my local Target, in the natural section of the cleaning aisle. You'll see this handy cleaner among all the other shockingly powerful Green Works products—everything from sprays to dish soaps to detergents. Green Works is not tested on animals; it's made with plant- and mineral-based cleaning ingredients, so there are no harsh chemical fumes. Best of all, these products really work. If you've been thinking about trying natural cleaners, hesitate no more!
Target is the only store that carries the full Green Works line, so it's a great place to check out all the different products available.
Don't miss it, it's on the bottom shelf!
If you don't already have the Target Cartwheel App, you should download it now: from June 14-July 11, you can use the app to save 10% on all Green Works products—including the Pump 'N Clean!
So, have you ever tried leaving a clean cutting board and knife out on your counter? Do you find that it encourages you to prepare and eat more fresh fruit and veggies?