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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
Black Bean Burger

Go Meatless for Your Summer Barbecue

Posted by Jenna Smith -
This week's blog post is guest written by Illinois State University student, Paige Meints. She is an undergraduate student studying Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics at ISU. When I think of summer, I think of the smell of burgers, charbroiled on the grill. Although delicious, hamburger meat patties tend to have a lot of saturated fat and to be high in calories; by the time you top it with...

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Lasagna Day is Coming!

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays
This July 29 th we celebrate an Italian classic: Happy National Lasagna Day all you lasagna lovers. A cheesy, gooey pan of carbs is what makes this meal a favorite of all ages. The ingredients are simple, inexpensive, and feeds an army, making the whole family happy. Lasagna begins with the flat-shaped pasta. Of course, nothing can beat homemade pasta, but let's get real; ther...

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Summer is for blueberries!

Plump and juicy blueberries are one of nature's best treats. The blueish purple fruit is grown on bushes and typically in season all summer long from April to late September but peaking in June and July. Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of dietary fiber. They've repeatedly been ranked as having one of the highest amounts of antioxidants, natural substan...

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Roasted Carrots

Where Carrots Get Their Color

Most people wouldn't think twice about buying a bag of beautiful orange carrots, but what if those carrots were white? Back in Roman times, wild carrots were actually white, not orange. According to Philipp Simon, research geneticist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers prior to the 16 th century living in what is now Afghanistan, domesticated the wild carrot and turned it...

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Thai Carrot Noodle

Veggie Noodles

There's a new way to get your daily dose of veggies: veggie noodles. While there's nothing wrong with a whole grain noodle or pasta (certainly packs more nutrition than regular enriched), veggie noodles can offer a variety of nutrients with less calories. So grab your julienne peeler, vegetable spiralizer or mandoline and start "noodling!" Aside from a cooked spaghetti squash, which for...

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Macho Nachos

It's All About Dad Food

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays
It's dad's turn to celebrate the joys of fatherhood. And what better way to thank him for all the whisker rubbing hugs and hours spent teaching us how to ride a bike, than with food? But not just any food: Dad food. Dad food is quite simply food that your dad loves. For many dads, that includes "man meats" like steak, ribs, smoked brisket, burgers, brats and hot wings. Side dishes must include...

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Asparagus: A Spring Delicacy

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger and Illinois State University student, Paige Meints! During this time of year asparagus is everywhere! You may notice it being on sale at the grocery store, or it may even be popping up in your own garden at home. Asparagus is a spring crop that is easy to grow and very cheap in the spring, which may leave you with a surplus of the vegetab...

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