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Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
University of Illinois Extension
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Bloomington, IL 61704
Community Worker, SNAP-Ed - Livingston County
University of Illinois Extension
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Pontiac, IL 61764
Community Worker, SNAP-Ed - McLean County
University of Illinois Extension
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Bloomington, IL 61704
Nutrition and Wellness
A library of yummy and healthy recipes
- Angel Food Cake with Berries
This delicious dessert is light and fluffy and perfect for any occasion!
- Apple (Waldorf) Salad
This lightened up version of the traditional Waldorf salad really lets the flavor of the apples come through while still having that creamy salad feel.
- Apple Acorn Squash
- Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies
- Apple Spice Hummus
- Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash
This is an amazing fall dish that would be a welcome addition to any meal.
- Apricot Almond Muesli
- Avocado & White Bean Wrap
- Baked Pesto Chicken
- Baked Pork Chops
- Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin
- Banana Berry Soft Serve
This easy treat is great to beat the summer heat!
- Banana Bread Oatmeal
This warm breakfast is the perfect combination of comfort food meets healthy!
- Banana Chocolate Mug Muffin
A perfect one-serving dessert to try when that sweet tooth hits!
- Basic Quiche with Colorful Variations
This quiche recipe offers the deliciousness of quiche without the calories and saturated fat that typically comes with quiche.
- Beef and Noodles
- Berry Cheesecake Whip
This simple dessert is as delicious as it is pretty!
- Black Eyed Peas Salad
This recipe uses black eyed peas, onion, celery, green pepper and a vinaigrette dressing for a tasty cold salad.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing
- Bulgur with Spinach and Oranges
- California Avocado Super Summer Wrap
This delicious wrap may say summer in the title, but it is delicious any time of the year!
- Candy Corn Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits
This is a fun fall treat that will give you a little healthy among the Halloween candy.
- Caprese Chicken Foil Pack
This recipe uses boneless skinless chicken breasts, garlic powder, black pepper, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil for a delicious and healthy meal.
- Caprese Salad
This delicious Italian favorite gets a makeover in this recipe.
- Caprese Summer Salad
Mason jar salads are perfect for work or on-the-go meals.
- Caramelized Onion Bites
This appetizer recipe is great for any party!
- Caramel-Topped Oatmeal Cake
- Carrot and Raisin Sunshine Salad
- Carrot Date Truffles
This delicious snack or dessert recipe is tasty, satisfying, and has no added sugar!
- Carrot Noodles with Thai Chicken Peanut Sauce
Cut carbs with carrot noodles and try this delicious Thai recipe!
- Ceviche Salad
This recipe uses shrimp, lime, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper for a tasty and light salad.
- Chai Tea
This easy recipe is great when you don't want to pay coffee shop prices and drink coffee shop calories!
- Cheesy Fondue
- Chicken Fajitas
This is a perfect recipe for when you need something quick and easy.
- Chicken Wild Rice Soup
- Chili Cornbread Casserole
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yogurt
Perfect for those nights when your sweet tooth cravings are calling.
- Chocolate Hazelnut Yogurt Dip
This delicious fruit dip tastes amazing! You can also top toast or waffles for a delicious breakfast!
- Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
These amazing truffles are the perfect combination of chocolate and peppermint! Perfect for holiday entertaining!
- Cinnamon Lime Chicken
- Coconut Shrimp
- Corn and Vegetable Chowder
This delicious soup is great comfort food when the weather turns chilly!
- Corn Salad
- Easy Homemade Granola Bars
This recipe uses homemade oats, honey, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and chocolate chips for a delicious low-fat snack.
- Easy Mashed Potatoes
Easy and Mashed Potatoes in the same sentence? Can you say "YUM"? Perfect for a family weeknight dinner.
- Edamame with Basil, Cranberry & Feta
- Enchilada Casserole
This recipe uses ground turkey, enchilada sauce, green chiles, and Neufchatel cheese to create a one of a kind comfort dish.
- Enchilada Stuffed Poblanos
- Fennel, Baby Arugula and Apple Salad
This salad has a unique blend of flavors that will delight the senses!
- Flavorful Fried Rice
This recipes uses brown rice, minced onion, carrot, peas, eggs, milk and soy sauce to make a delicious blended rice.
- Flour Tortillas
This is a super simple recipe that will make homemade tortillas a reality!
- Fluffy Vanilla Fruit Dip
- Fried Plantains
This recipe use ripe plantains and coconut oil to add to any dish as a sweet and tasteful side.
- Frozen Banana Pops
This refreshing recipe is great for a hot summer day!
- Frozen Yogurt Bark
This delicious treat is perfect for a sweet treat on a hot day! Or any day!
- Fruit Parfait
This recipe makes an easy breakfast that is delicious!
- Gingerbread Snack Cake
This delicious recipe allows you to enjoy the gingerbread flavor you love, without all the calories you get from the cookies!
- Glazed Chicken over Couscous
- Green Smoothie
This recipe uses non-fat vanilla, yogurt, bananas, spinach, and milk to make a delicious smoothie.
- Grilled Peaches
This dessert is great in the summer when you want something different!
- Grilled Salmon with Avocado Dip
- Grilled Shrimp
This grilled shrimp recipe is super easy to prepare and tastes amazing!
- Grilled Vegetable Kabobs
These kabobs are a great way to enjoy your veggies!
- Ground Turkey and Butternut Squash Skillet
- Healthy Turkey Skillet
This is an easy dish when you need to get dinner on the table fast!
- Herbed Turkey Burger
- Holiday Green Beans
- Homemade Egg Noodles
- Hula Hoop Chicken Salad
- Instant Chocolate Mousse
- Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
- Kale Salad with Apples
- Kid Friendly Quesadilla
This recipe calls for chicken, cheese, and salsa, kid-friendly and kid-loved ingredients.
- Layered Raspberry Peach Smoothie
- Lemon Balm Vinaigrette Dressing
This recipe uses olive oil, vinegar, lemon balm leaves, salt, and black pepper for a light and healthy dressing.
- Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake
This lightened up cheesecake makes the perfect end to a delicious spring or summer meal!
- Lemon Cake
This delicious dessert is great if you need to watch your carbohydrate intake.
- Lighter Fried Fish Fillets
If you really need a fried food fix, this recipe will satisfy that craving without expanding your waistband.
- Low-Carb Carrot Cake
- Lunch Bag Burritos
This super simple recipe is great for a quick and easy lunch!
- Macho Nachos
- Margarita Pizza
This pizza is the perfect summer pizza! Make sure to add the fresh basil AFTER baking to preserve the flavor of the herb.
- Marinated Tomatoes
This makes an excellent side dish any time of year, but especially in the summer when tomatoes are in season!
- Mexican Pozole
- Microwave Eggs Ole
These eggs are great for a busy morning when you don't have time to scramble eggs on the stove!
- Mushroom Quesadillas
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Oil Roasted Beets
This recipe will make you reconsider your feelings about beets! It is delicious!
- One Pan Spaghetti
This is a super easy meal to make on those busy weeknights!
- Orange Chicken Stir-fry
- Papaya Ginger Smoothie
This recipe uses mango juice, skim milk, frozen ripe papaya cubes, ripe banana, fresh ginger, and lime juice to make a fresh and tasty smoothie.
- Parsnip Muffins
This recipe uses parsnips, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, pecan pieces, eggs, applesauce, milk, and vanilla extract to create a wonderful and tasty snack.
- Pear and Butternut Squash Soup
This recipe is a great fall recipe that helps you use pears!
- Pesto Pasta with Asparagus
- Polenta Steak Frie
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip
This recipe is the perfect combination of healthy and sweet!
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Quick and Easy Coleslaw
- Quinoa Salad
his recipe uses low sodium vegetable broth, dried quinoa, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, corn, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Radish Greens Chimichurri
- Rainbow Salad
Between the olive oil in the dressing and the avocado on top, you won't believe that you are eating a salad!
- Raspberry Lemon Angel Food Cakes
This recipe uses angel food cake mix, raspberries, raspberry lemon glaze, powdered sugar, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest to create a wonderful low-fat healthy dessert.
- Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Pizza
- Roasted Carrots
- Roasted Chickpeas
These make a great after school snack for the kids!
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- Rosemary Almond Cookies
- Savory Veggie & Black Bean Soup
- Simply Sloppy Joes
This is a great recipe for those busy nights when you don't have much time to cook!
- Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker Apple French Toast
This recipe uses whole wheat bread, an apple, eggs, vanilla extract, evaporated milk, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg to create a delicious and comforting dessert.
- Slow Cooker Barbecue Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker Stuffing
This dish will make your holidays simpler with one less side dish to cook!
- Smothered Chicken
This recipe uses olive oil, mushrooms, onion, pecans, baby spinach, olive oil, boneless skinless chicken breasts, black pepper, garlic powder, and cheese to make a delicious comforting smothered chicken meal.
- Soft Granola Bars
These bars are a great after-school snack!
This recipe uses your choice of frozen strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries and honey to make a delicious and quick treat to cool down.
- South of the Border Dip
This dip recipe is a great change to normal ranch dressing as a vegetable dip!
- Southern Style Creamed Corn
- Southwestern Salad
- Southwestern Vegetable Soup
This soup recipe is the perfect solution to Mexican night when you are tired of tacos!
- Spagheti Pizza Casserole
This freezer meal is great for a busy family! Changing out the toppings could reduced the sodium.
- Spaghetti Pie
- Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
This pasta swap is the perfect solution to wanting the comfort of pasta alfredo without all the carbohydrates in pasta!
- Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs
This new spin on the tradition spaghetti with meatballs is lower in carbs and higher in nutrients!
- Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese
- Steak Kabobs
This recipe is uses sirloin steak, mushrooms, potatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, dried oregano, and dried rosemary to create hearty and delicious steak kabobs.
- Sugar-Free Holiday Nog
This recipe is great for those who want to participate in all the holiday traditions without having to consume all the calories that go with it!
- Sun-dried Tomato Orzo with Chicken
- Sweet Potato Bread
This would be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table! Or just to have around to snack on!
- Sweet Potato Fries
This recipe uses sweet potatoes, olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and cumin to make these sweet and yummy fries.
- Sweet Potato Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This grown-up grilled cheese is just close enough to the original to be the ultimate comfort food with a little twist!
- Sweet Potato, Kale, & Sausage Bake
- Thai Chicken Peanut Salad
This Thai dish lets you experience the flavors of Thai cuisine from your home!
- Thai Shrimp Soba Noodles
- Tuna Patties
This recipe uses tuna, Dijon mustard, whole grain bread, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh parsley, chopped onion, black pepper, an egg,, and hot sauce to create quick and easy tuna patties.
- Tuna Salad
This recipe has been rescued from having too much mayo and has an extra kick with the jalapeno.
- Turkey Meatloaf
- Unforgettable Chocolate Mousse
This creamy dessert is perfect when you want a decadent dessert, but don't want the calories that go along with it!
- Vegetable Dip with Dill
- Vegetarian Slow-Cooked Boston Baked Beans
- Veggie Stuffed Pita
This yummy lunch idea is a great way to cut back on meat and enjoy the flavors of veggies!
- Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce
This is the perfect breakfast recipe for a lazy Saturday morning! The whole grains will help you stay full long after you're done eating.
- Whole Wheat Flax Crackers
- Whole Wheat Pancakes
- Zucchini Noodles with Pesto
This recipe uses zucchini to make noodles for a low-carb dish!