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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Pass the Chickpeas Please

Thanks to the increasing popularity of hummus, chickpeas are gaining momentum in the fight to be in your cupboards. Also called garbanzo beans, chickpeas are a legume and are widely used in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. Besides grinding them into a delicious hummus, perfect for dipping vegetables, chickpeas can be used for many other dishes. Chickpeas have a slight n...

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Measuring Ingredients for Success

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Baking often requires precise measurements, but if you're not sure how to measure correctly, your fabulous recipe may turn into a frightful flop. Professional chefs make it look so easy by just tossing in a pinch of this or a dash of that, but if you're a newbie to cooking or just like following the "rules," it's best to pull out the measuring utensils. You should have a set of both liq...

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A Cornbread Competition

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There's a cornbread and chili competition coming up in my office and I've been tinkering with many cornbread recipes, making my husband very happy. Cornbread is quick and easy to make and can have many variations to choose from and hundreds of entrees to pair it with. Cornbread may be considered an essential component of a Southern meal, but that doesn't mean it's not found in the north...

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Limiting Scary Amounts of Sugar

If you have children at home you're probably all too familiar with the loads of candy you're child receives in the month of October. While we all know that overloading our children with sugary treats isn't the healthiest, how can we lessen the temptations, but still not deprive our children of the fun? While candy will undoubtedly be in the house, you may be surprised that it's not what...

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Walk Your Way Through a Healthy Day

Holiday decorations are already crowding the stores, which means all the holiday foods and treats will soon be crowding our tummies. But if we start a healthy routine now, we just might be able to make it through all the temptations and traditions without gaining a pound. We've all heard the advice to get fit, eat right and stay healthy, but how exactly do we do that in this busy world? Follow...

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Back to School, Back to Healthy Eating

By now you and your children should be in the routine of being back in school. This is the perfect time to re-evaluate your family's meals. Ask yourself, "How will we make time to eat together as a family now that school is back in session?" and "are my family's meals nutritionally balanced or could they use some tweaking?" Tweaking is often needed considering all the activities that happen in...

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Celery and Celery Root

The cost of celery is cheap, making it a staple in kitchens around the world. But it's not just used for making "ants on a log" (peanut butter spread on celery and topped with raisins.) Celery gives a crunch to a salad, or flavor to soups, pot roasts or stir-fries. But what if your recipe calls for celery root? Can regular celery be substituted?...

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