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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
South of the Border Dip

Be a Smart Snacker!

Snacking is a daily occurrence for American adults. As reported in the Food Surveys Research Group Dietary Data Brief No. 4 , the average number of snacks consumed each day by American adults nearly doubled over the last 30 years. Not only are we physically eating more, but these snacks are also more calorie dense. Sugar sweetened beverages account for 14% of snack calories for both men...

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What's the Difference between Cajun and Creole?

Gumbo and jambalaya are two signature dishes of southern Louisiana that are both native to Cajun and creole cuisine. While the two cuisines are often used interchangeably, there are notable differences stemming from their cultural roots. Creole refers to the original settlers of New Orleans whose parents were born in France or Spain. By and large, they were from wealthy families who may...

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Root Vegetables

Should You Sneak Vegetables in Your Child's Foods?

Getting your child to eat vegetables can be a challenging task. If you've ever seen them dig a hole in their pile of cooked carrots or shovel some peas underneath their plate to make it look like they've actually eaten them, you may have considered hiding a few veggies in some of their favorite foods. But is this a good practice? According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it c...

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Southwestern Vegetable Soup

It's National Soup Month!

This weeks blog post is written by Illinois State University graduate student-intern, Jeanne Arbuckle. This is a great time of year for soup. After all, it's National Soup Month. Wouldn't it be wonderful to come home to the smell and warmth of a hearty soup cooking on the stove? Soups can be economical, simple to prepare, healthy, and nutritious, as well as warm and comforting. Most sou...

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