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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Think You Don't Need a Rasp Grater in Your Kitchen Drawers? Think Again!

Being a "foodie," I have many kitchen tools that I love dearly, and I sometimes wonder how I ever lived without them. The rasp grater is one of those tools that went from being a "nice-to-have" to a "gotta-have-it." A rasp grater wasn't something ever found in home kitchens until the 1990's when it was developed by brothers Richard and Jeff Grace. The hand-held microplane® has thin,...

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Cooking with Dates: Kid-Approved!

Have you ever wondered what the sweetest fruit in the world is? If you go by sugar content, you may be surprised to learn that it is the date. Dates have over 60% sugar content. However, in terms of taste, the Guinness Book of World Records lists the Philippine mango called Caraboa, as the sweetest fruit in the world. In comparison, it has less than 20% sugar content. Dates are the frui...

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No Mess Foil Pack Meals

Memorial Day weekend is well-known for delicious cookouts. And while many families will be grilling up the usual hotdogs and burgers, others may be looking for something a little different. Throw a foil pack on the grill this year, and marvel at the no-mess meal you just created! Simply put, a foil pack is food placed in aluminum foil and cooked by way of grilling, baking in an oven, or...

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Mad for Mango!

Mangoes are a sweet and juicy tropical fruit grown in many parts of the world. While you may not see many of them grown here in the States, we can still get a taste of them thanks to countries like Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, and Ecuador, which harvest mango crops year round. When buying mangoes, look for undamaged, smooth-skinned fruits. Color is not the best indicator for ripeness, as colo...

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Want Your Kids to Eat Healthier? Get Them in the Kitchen!

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This week's blog post is written by University of Illinois student intern, Brett Loman. Sometimes it's just easier to have your kids play in the other room while you throw dinner together, but are you making the right choice? Recent research suggests that kids who are involved in meal preparation are more likely to eat the foods that they make, consume more fruits and vegetable...

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