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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

What Makes the Food on Your Plate So Colorful?

Do you ever wonder why spinach is green, why strawberries taste sweet, or why basil smells so good? It's all thanks to the plants phytochemical composition. Phytochemicals are a variety of compounds produced by plants that may be responsible for its unique color, taste, and smell. Researchers believe there are over 4,000 different phytochemicals, but to get into the 4 th of July spiri...

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Five Simple Steps to Meal Planning

Some people believe that they hate to cook, but often find that what they actually hate is the decision process: What should I fix? What will the whole family eat? What's quick? It's much easier to make those decisions when the plan is already in place. In fact, you may decide that you actually like to cook! There are five simple steps to meal planning. First, take a quick inventory of...

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Going Greek with Gyros

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As we head into the fair season, it's quite possible that you may come across a gyro stand. Gyros, a popular Greek sandwich, are traditionally made with roasted lamb on a vertical spit and served on pita bread with tomato and onion. Gyros are most commonly topped with tzatziki sauce, made with plain yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt, lemon juice and dill or parsley. When making gyros, lar...

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Fruit Juice Not As Nutritious As Once Thought

Fruit juice may be part of your morning breakfast routine, but some argue that even the natural sugar found in 100 percent juice, is partially responsible for the obesity epidemic and the debilitating diseases that may follow. But does the fruits' healthy vitamins and antioxidants trump any negative influences it may have on our bodies? Natural and/or added sugars may be found in the fo...

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Grilling Up Kebabs (or Kebobs!)

There's just something about eating food on a stick that brings out your inner child-being. Popsicles, corndogs, and cotton candy were kid-favorites, but now that you're an adult, you may have a bit more refined tastes. Kebabs (or kebobs) can satisfy your fun-loving nature and grown-up taste buds. Popular in Turkish cuisine, shish kebabs refers to "gobbets of roasted meat." Traditional...

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Think You Don't Need a Rasp Grater in Your Kitchen Drawers? Think Again!

Being a "foodie," I have many kitchen tools that I love dearly, and I sometimes wonder how I ever lived without them. The rasp grater is one of those tools that went from being a "nice-to-have" to a "gotta-have-it." A rasp grater wasn't something ever found in home kitchens until the 1990's when it was developed by brothers Richard and Jeff Grace. The hand-held microplane® has thin,...

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Cooking with Dates: Kid-Approved!

Have you ever wondered what the sweetest fruit in the world is? If you go by sugar content, you may be surprised to learn that it is the date. Dates have over 60% sugar content. However, in terms of taste, the Guinness Book of World Records lists the Philippine mango called Caraboa, as the sweetest fruit in the world. In comparison, it has less than 20% sugar content. Dates are the frui...

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