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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Let's Give Brussel Sprouts Another Chance!

If you were haunted by childhood memories of having to force down a bite of Brussel sprouts before getting dessert, it's time to give those little green balls another chance. Modern cooking techniques have turned what was once a mushy, bitter miniature cabbage into a complex sweet and nutty vegetable with a subtle crunch. Roasting, sautéing and grilling Brussel sprouts will caramelize t...

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Should I Be Worried About Artificial Sweeteners?

Artificial sweeteners have endured a lot of controversy over the years. We've been told they cause cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, digestive problems, and more. Yet, credible organizations, such as the National Cancer Institute, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and American Heart Association are not telling us to stop using them. So what gives? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA...

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Farmers Market

First Taste of Spring

This week's blog post is written by Illinois State University student, Jade Umberger. We made it! Finally, winter is coming to an end, and we are getting our first warm days of spring. March 20 th was the official first day of spring, and that can only mean one thing: more warm weather ahead! I don't know about you, but the oncoming of spring and summer always makes m...

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Broth or Stock: What's the difference?

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Is there a difference between broth and stock? Well, it depends on who you ask. Some will say there's a world of a difference, while others will tell you it's the same exact thing. If you ask me, I say use them interchangeably. Most trained chefs will tell you that a stock is made from the bones of the meat, including any of the connective tissue and joint material. While there is no ac...

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Natural Easter Egg Dye

In many households, coloring Easter eggs is a wonderful family tradition, and with the invention of Easter egg dye kits, it's easy to create fun egg art. But have you ever wondered how people colored eggs before packaged dye kits became available? Eggs were dyed with natural ingredients, such as yellow onion skins, leaves of plants, and colorful berries. Just look in your fridge or pantry to se...

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Tuna Salad

Feed Your Brain: Top Brain Healthy Foods

Have you ever walked into a room to get something but then forgot what it was you were going to get? Don't worry; it happens to all of us at some point. But keeping your brain fit is more than just doing crossword puzzles or word searches. There is increasing evidence that brain health is directly related to body health. That means diet and exercise are not just important for the heart, but als...

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Spaghetti Pizza

Do Frozen Foods Have Less Nutrients?

I'm going to assume that you probably didn't know that during March we celebrate National Frozen Food Day. Yes, there is a day for everything! But thanks to the frozen food industry and modern technology, there's a wide assortment of conveniently packaged and prepared meals, appetizers, desserts and more available at our fingertips. We know that these foods are certainly convenient, but are the...

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