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Phone: 217-532-3941
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Taylorville, IL 62568
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
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Carlinville, IL 62626
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News Release

Healthy Appetizer Class Coming to Jerseyville

Preparing for the holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially when meal planning. Creating a healthy meal for family and friends doesn’t have to be boring. Kick off the meal by livening up the taste buds with appetizers!

Join University of Illinois Extension and JCH Wellness Center for a festive afternoon of preparing for the holidays with Lisa Peterson, Nutrition & Wellness Educator, as she discusses healthy holiday appetizers, the big dos and don’ts of creating appetizers, and keeping appetizers food safe during the holidays. Peterson will also be demonstrating a few recipes, with taste testing. Each participant will walk away with a recipe booklet, and additional ideas for mixing sweet and savory appetizers to compliment the meal and excite the palate.

This seasonal program will take place on Wednesday, December 7th from 12:15pm-1:00pm at the JCH Wellness Center in Jerseyville. The class is at no cost, but pre-registration is preferred. Sign up at the front desk of the JCH Wellness Center or by calling 498-3500. For any questions about the class, email Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Lisa Peterson, at  

Mini Taco Cups

Yield: 24 servings


24 wonton wrappers

 ½ lb. lean ground beef     

1-15 oz. can pinto or black beans,         

drained and rinsed

1 (1.12 oz.) package dry low sodium taco seasoning mix

¾ cup chunky salsa

1 cup shredded Mexican Blend Cheese


1.     Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Press one wonton wrapper into each muffin cup. Cook beef in a 10-inch skillet until browned, drain grease.

2.     Add beans, taco seasoning and water called for on package, simmer for 4-5 minutes.

3.     Spoon 1 Tablespoon of mixture into each wrapper. Top with a spoonful of salsa and cheese. Bake 5-8 minutes or until golden brown


Nutritional Facts per (1 taco cup)serving:  70 calories, 5g protein, 8g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 1g fat, 5mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium


University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office.



Local Contact: Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,