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Zucchini: A Great Addition to Your March Table!

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Healthy Eating

Though zucchini is officially classified as a summer squash, it is easy to find at the store all year long. Zucchini is a versatile vegetable and tastes great sautéed, baked into a casserole, added to soups, dipped raw into dip or added to top of a salad. And the extra bonus: zucchini's flowers (aka squash blossoms) are also edible! Our recipe below is a fun way to feature this vegetable and is...

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5 Ingredients or Less: Salmon Melts

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Food Budgeting Healthy Eating

Our Salmon Melt recipe is perfect for those busy nights where you only have a few minutes to get dinner on the table. And with only five ingredients (not including pepper), you can be sure that it's affordable, too.Salmon MeltsServings: 4Ingredients:- 1 can (6 ounces) pink salmon, drained- 1/4 cup celery, chopped- 1/...

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Nutrition Education Works: Helping at Home

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Healthy Eating Success Stories

One of our staff members shares this great story. Getting families together in the kitchen to prepare healthy meals can truly make a difference in eating habits and health! "A child in my class at the local elementary school told me she asked her Mom to buy the ingredients to make a...

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All About Cauliflower

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Food Budgeting Healthy Eating

Through my young daughter's eyes, cauliflower is simply "white broccoli" when it shows up at the dinner table. While both of these vegetables are in the same family of plants, cauliflower can truly shine on its own. Plus, cauliflower can be found in purple and orange, too! Cauliflower is also having a trendy moment, and is used in many recipes in place of potatoes or other starchier items (thin...

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5 Ingredients or Less: Stuffed Potatoes!

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Food Budgeting Healthy Eating

So many of our favorite recipes here at Illinois Nutrition Education Programs are few in ingredients and big on flavor! Our Stuffed Potatoes recipe definitely falls into this category. It has been a favorite around the office! While the recipe calls for diced ham, you can choose another cooked meat (ground beef, chopped turkey, etc.) or your favorite vegetable instead -- depending on what's availa...

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How Can Kids Help in the Kitchen?

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Food Safety Healthy Eating

Kids love to help out in the kitchen! If your child is interested in food, or having trouble trying new foods, having them assist at meals or snacks is a great way to get them involved. We have tried and true tips to get you started with your kids as young as two or three. Keep in mind that these are only suggestions and different children may be ready at different ages for certain skills. A...

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Enjoy Whole Grains for a Burst of Flavor (and Nutrition!) at Meals and Snacks

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Healthy Eating

There are two types of grains in our diet: whole grains and refined grains. A whole grain contains the entire grain kernel and contains a much richer flavor and nutrition. Refined grains have outer layers of the grain removed during processing. Many of us eat plenty of grains (think pasta, bread, cereal, crackers, and tortillas) but are low in intake of whole grains. A great goal is to consume...

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Nutrition Education Works: Success at Home!

Posted by Beth Peralta Success Stories

Many of our nutrition education programs take place in schools around Illinois. We often hear from parents how much of an impact these programs are making for their families!Here's a recent success story that we received from a family in Marion County:"A child and her family approached me at a parent event at their school. She had been receiving the Great Garden Detecti...

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Five Ingredients Or Less: Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Food Budgeting Healthy Eating

A new feature we'd like to highlight each month: tasty, nutritious recipes that only have five ingredients* or less! These recipes are great for families and need fewer items stocked in the kitchen. Our first recipe to highlight is the perfect way to warm up on those cold winter nights: Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup! Try it out and let us know what you think on our...

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Yes, You Can! (Use Canned Fruits & Veggies This Winter)

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Food Budgeting Healthy Eating

Winter in Illinois can mean spending more money at the store for fresh fruits and vegetables. One way to save the budget is to include more canned items in your diet! Canned fruits and vegetables are full of nutrition and flavor and can be used in many of your favorite dishes. You can use them year-round, too, and many of our recipes have both canned and fresh options. - Our Favorite Wa...

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