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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
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What Kind of Salad Are You?

When someone asks you to bring a salad to a potluck, do you bring a lettuce, meat, vegetable, gelatin, or dessert salad? You may need more explanation from the potluck planner or you'll just have to guess as to what dish is actually needed and desired! Lettuce salads are typically what most people think of when the term salad is used. When eating out, lettuce salads are often a side dis...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 1:32PM on 8/26/2014
Categories: Eating Outside the Home Fruits and Vegetables


Is the perfect burger possible?

Burgers are the quintessential all-American grilling favorite. Nothing beats biting into a juicy burger with all the fixings. But when it's dry and under seasoned, it can be a disappointment. Just how do you get the perfect burger? It starts with the right kind of beef. Most grilling experts will recommend a high grade chuck beef that's about 80% lean and 20% fat. However, you can still...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 10:23AM on 8/22/2014

zucchini pesto noodles

What to Do With Zucchini?

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger and Illinois State University, Food, Nutrition and Dietetics student, Tessa Spinelli! Since early spring, you have been patiently waiting for your vegetables to grow. Thanks to your hard work, time, and patience, you now have a garden filled with nutritious homegrown vegetables that are ready to be eaten. Home grown vegetables are not the only gift...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 1:22PM on 8/8/2014
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables

caprese salad

Pass the Cheese, Please

Who doesn't love cheese? Grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, baked lasagna with ooey gooey cheese melted all over it are common cheesy dishes. But with over 2,000 varieties to choose from, it's time to put a little more thought into your cheese choices. Cheese is formed from milk. Milk is curdled by the addition of acid, rennet (enzymes) or bacteria. The mixture separates in...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 8:58AM on 8/1/2014
Categories: Healthy Snacks

Banana Pops

Frozen Pops, Too Good to Stop!

A hot summer day often calls for an icy cold treat. While ice cream and popsicles are both adult and kid favorites, they're typically loaded with added sugars and sometimes fat. Luckily, there are numerous frozen snacks that are kid-friendly, healthy, and so simple to make! Stock your fridge and freezer with a variety of fruits and yogurts, and you'll have about all you need to make a d...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 9:06AM on 7/25/2014
Categories: Healthy Snacks

Baby food

Making Your Own Baby Food

As my son is nearing the age of starting solid foods, I've began to contemplate whether or not to make my own baby food. I want my child to receive fresh food with no additives. However, I'm a little daunted just thinking about the work it may involve! Let's think about this a little moreā€¦ Some commercial baby food has added sugars, salt and starch. Babies and toddlers are at an age whe...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 11:07AM on 7/18/2014
Categories: Food Safety

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Should You Go Greek?

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger, Tina Lam! Tina is a graduate student at Illinois State University and is completing her dietetic internship. In the last few years, Greek yogurt has been on the rise in popularity, but what is Greek yogurt? Greek yogurt is strained more intensively than regular yogurt. This removes the sugar called lactose and whey that is found in...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 9:18AM on 7/10/2014
Categories: Breakfast Fruits and Vegetables Healthy Snacks Nutrition at School