SOURCE: American Association of Orthodontists

American Association of Orthodontists

June 15, 2016 09:53 ET

American Association of Orthodontists: Fresh "Orthodontist Approved" Farm-to-Table Recipes

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - June 15, 2016) - Here is some tasty news for the more than 5.1 million Americans currently entrusting their smiles to an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is pleased to distribute two new recipes suitable for orthodontic patients featuring farm fresh produce, perfect for picnics, Sunday brunch or anytime.

"One of the most common questions patients ask their orthodontist is 'what can I eat?'" according to DeWayne B. McCamish, DDS, MS, president of the American Association of Orthodontists. "We ask experts to create seasonal, orthodontist-approved recipes to provide delicious dishes for our patients, their families, and anyone who likes to cook and enjoy food."

The two recipes, one sweet and one savory, highlight fresh seasonal veggies and fruits in all their glory. The Avocado Toast is a wonderful addition to breakfast, brunch or lunch, and a Fresh Fruit Tart is a satisfying treat any time of day.

Farmer's Market Avocado Toast

(Serves 1-2, but can be doubled or tripled)

  • 1 pre-made mini-pizza crust, such as Boboli
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 avocado
  • Kosher salt, a level 1/4 teaspoon, divided
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons, divided
  • ½ cup fresh arugula or spinach
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes (cherry or grape size, heirloom variety, or whatever is seasonal)
  • 1 teaspoon, thinly sliced scallions, red onion, sliced scallions, or chives (pick one)
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled goat or feta cheese, or any other cheese locally sourced, optional.

1. In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the fresh lemon juice, and leave slightly chunky.

2. Lightly toast the mini-pizza crust at 375˚ F for 5 minutes, until warm and slightly crisp (it will soften when toppings are added).

3. Spread the mashed avocado on the flatbread, sprinkle half the kosher salt and drizzle a Teaspoon of the olive oil.

4. Top with the fresh arugula or spinach, the chopped tomatoes, the onion of your choice, and the cheese. Drizzle the other teaspoon of the olive oil and the other half of the kosher salt to finish it off. Slice into wedges and serve immediately.

Farm Fresh Free-form Fruit Tart

(Serves 4)

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, brought to room temperature and unrolled
  • 1/2-cup sugar
  • 1/8-cup flour
  • 3 cups mixed, fresh fruit such as assorted berries, thinly sliced pears or apples, or kiwis

1. Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Cut the pie crust into four pieces. On a lightly floured board, with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll each one into a 6 or 7-inch free-form shape, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

2. Combine the ½ cup sugar and the ⅛ cup flour in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the sliced fruit. Then add the sugar and flour mixture, tossing gently. Place about ¾ cup of the fruit onto each piece of dough, leaving a ½ inch border around the edges. For juicier fruit, fold up the edges of the dough to form a lip.

4. Bake tarts for approximately 20 minutes until edges are golden brown.

These and additional recipes with photos are also available at mylifemysmile.org/recipes.

About the American Association of Orthodontists: Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world's oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents more than 18,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The Association encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment. For more information about orthodontics or to find AAO member orthodontists in your area, please visit mylifemysmile.org.

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