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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Stewing Over Soup

As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, the cravings of a warm bowl of soup get stronger. Of course, the same goes for bisque, chowder or stew. While your taste buds may not care, there is a difference between them. The word "soup" generally refers to ingredients, such as meat and vegetables, cooked in a large amount of liquid like broth or juice. Soups may be clear, like c...

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Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boat

Zucchini: Many More Uses than Just Bread

This week's blog post was written by our Nutrition and Wellness intern, Paige Meints. She is a student at ISU studying Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. Zucchini is a popular summer crop in the Midwest because it's a low maintenance plant and is fairly easy to grow. Zucchini plants do not take up too much space in the garden and yield an average of 6 to 10 pounds of delicious zucchini ove...

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Banana-Berry Soft Serve

Guilt Free Ice

I would argue that there isn't much better in life than a cool and refreshing ice cream cone on a hot and humid day. I think everyone can agree that ice cream and summer-time definitely go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, on average a ½ cup serving of vanilla ice cream weighs in at about 15 grams of added sugar, 5 grams of saturated fat, and 150 calories. Once you add in a cone and toppings these n...

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Black Bean Burger

Go Meatless for Your Summer Barbecue

Posted by Jenna Smith -
This week's blog post is guest written by Illinois State University student, Paige Meints. She is an undergraduate student studying Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics at ISU. When I think of summer, I think of the smell of burgers, charbroiled on the grill. Although delicious, hamburger meat patties tend to have a lot of saturated fat and to be high in calories; by the time you top it with...

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Lasagna Day is Coming!

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays
This July 29 th we celebrate an Italian classic: Happy National Lasagna Day all you lasagna lovers. A cheesy, gooey pan of carbs is what makes this meal a favorite of all ages. The ingredients are simple, inexpensive, and feeds an army, making the whole family happy. Lasagna begins with the flat-shaped pasta. Of course, nothing can beat homemade pasta, but let's get real; ther...

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Summer is for blueberries!

Plump and juicy blueberries are one of nature's best treats. The blueish purple fruit is grown on bushes and typically in season all summer long from April to late September but peaking in June and July. Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of dietary fiber. They've repeatedly been ranked as having one of the highest amounts of antioxidants, natural substan...

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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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