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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
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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corn salad

Packing for a Picnic

When the weather is warm and beautiful, there is nothing better than eating outdoors. Whether at a park, an outdoor event, or just in the backyard, a picnic can be a fun excursion for the whole family. There's no need for a picnic table; a blanket on the ground will do. You can use paper plates or fine china; there are no rules! When choosing what foods to pack, cold items are usually a...

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Herbed Turkey Burger

Cookout Survival Guide

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger, Noel Konken, Illinois State University Dietetic intern! Memorial Day Weekend jump starts the season of cookouts, potlucks, and picnics. While these social gatherings are a classic American summer tradition, they are not always conducive to healthy eating. By following these simple guidelines, you can navigate your way through cookouts all...

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Caprese Salad Jar

Lunch in a Jar!

I am pleased to introduce guest blogger and Illinois State University dietetic intern, Noel Konken! Tired of your average cold sandwich with a smashed banana that barely survived your early-morning commute? Swap out your packed lunch for a capped lunch! Get creative with your lunch this summer with a vibrantly fresh Mason jar salad that will have your co-workers talking. N...

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