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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

What Cooks Better in a Microwave?

The microwave oven is generally used for leftovers and TV dinners, but have you ever thought about making cakes or omelets in the microwave? These foods may actually cook better in the microwave than by other heating methods. Microwave ovens cook food by converting electrical energy into microwaves, which cause food molecules to move back and forth. The...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 8:38AM on 4/17/2014
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Should You Salt Water to Cook Pasta?

Do I need to salt the water when cooking pasta? My years of watching cooking shows on TV would tell me “yes.” But this hefty debate between chefs, dietitians, and the like has gone on for years. As a dietitian, my obvious answer is “no!” but it’s not quite as simple as that. There are two main reasons why some are adamant about salting pasta water....

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 8:36AM on 4/11/2014
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Understanding Differences in Hams

Ham tends to be a traditional entrée for the Easter holiday meal, and because of its ease, you don’t need a professional chef to cook one. However, you do need to know what to look for when purchasing a ham. Ham comes from the hind leg of a hog. There are many different varieties of ham to choose from. You should decide if you want it cooked, cured, smo...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 3:44PM on 4/3/2014
Categories: Holidays

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Spaghetti Squash-A Different Kind of Noodle

Have you ever tried spaghetti squash before? This oblong, yellow winter squash is a fun vegetable the kids will love. Once cooked, the flesh is scraped out with a fork into long thin strands that resemble spaghetti noodles. And because spaghetti squash is not as sweet as its winter squash companions, such as acorn or butternut, it actually tastes similar to pasta. To get those "spaghett...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 9:03AM on 2/13/2014
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables

Pamper Your Heart

Are you wearing red today in support of The American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day®? It's a wonderful reminder to pamper our own hearts and avoid the life-altering diagnosis of heart disease. Pampering your heart means being smart, and as good as it may sound, lazy days on the couch with a box of chocolates in hand...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 4:05PM on 2/7/2014
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables

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How to Not Wreck Your Diet on Super Bowl Sunday

Some people look more forward to Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. Football fans anticipate the big game, and even non-football fans await the laughter and sentiment of the best commercial advertisements of the year. Behind Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is often recognized as the second largest food consumption day in the United States! While the typical traditions ma...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 9:13AM on 1/31/2014
Categories: Eating Outside the Home Healthy Snacks Holidays

Make Mac and Cheese Healthier

Macaroni and cheese is generally popular among the young tykes, but as an adult, I just can't shy away from it either. It's creamy and delicious! But  mac and cheese is not known for its outstanding nutrition. High fat ingredients such as cheese, whole milk and butter make it a high calorie dish. However, a few modifications and additions and voilà! Mac and cheese can turn into a healthy entrée...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 1:51PM on 1/23/2014
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