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Boomers and Frozen Food

Frozen fruits and veggies are some of my favorite convenience foods. I enjoy raspberries, but buying fresh means I get very few raspberries per dollar compared to what I can get frozen. I admit the frozen raspberries are not the plump fruit of fresh and fall apart, but that is okay with me since I usually use them for smoothies and to flavor yogurt.

On April 3, UI Extension is hosting "Boomers and Beyond." This daylong learning forum will host three lessons useful for seniors, including a lesson on using healthy convenience foods. Representatives from Peace Meal, Macon County Home and Community Education, SYNERGY HomeCare and Vespasian Warner Public Library will be on hand to share the services and resources they offer to seniors.

Register by March 27. Lunch is provided.

Crustless Spinach Quiche (Serves 8)

Try this quiche with a whole-grain English muffin and a fruit cup (maybe even using frozen fruit).

5 large eggs, beaten
6 ounces low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
4 ounces feta cheese
½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
2 Tbsp margarine
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 box (10-ounce) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
Cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray a quiche or 10-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except spinach. Stir in spinach.
4. Pour into pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes until slightly browned on top.

Nutritional analysis: 146 calories, 10g fat, 382mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 11g protein

Recipe from: Recipes for Diabetes, University of Illinois Extension

Today's post was written by Caitlin Huth. Caitlin Huth, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and Nutrition & Wellness Educator serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties. She teaches nutrition- and food-based lessons around heart health, food safety, diabetes, and others. In all classes, she encourages trying new foods, gaining confidence in healthy eating, and getting back into our kitchens.

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