Quick and Easy Recipe Ideas

In our fast-paced society, we don’t seem to have enough time for many of the things we want to do…and cooking is often one of these things.  Instead, we often grab something on the go or order take out.  However, when eating out, you don’t have as much control over the ingredients that are used, and we are often consuming more calories, fat and sodium than we realize.  Cooking at home doe...
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Learning to Cook: Resources to Make Home-Cooked Meals a Reality

Home-cooked meals seem to be becoming more and more a thing of the past.  In fact, the average American family spends 40% of their food budget on foods eaten outside of the house, and many of the foods they are eating at home are prepackaged foods that just need to be heated.  Eating out and using some convenience foods doesn’t necessarily always mean that you are eating less healthy.  Howeve...
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Recipe: Pumpkin Ginger Bread

I would like to share a great recipe for a bread that is perfect for the fall/winter seasons...Pumpkin Ginger Bread.  I love cooking with pumpkin because not only does it taste great, but it is tremendously healthy.  It is a good source of fiber, and it's loaded with antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E.  In fact, it is one of the vegetables with the highest amount of vitamin A ...
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Cooking With Herbs and Spices Just Got Easier: Product Review

Last week, I attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Annual Conference (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association).  I enjoy going to the conference because I learn about some of the most up-to-date nutrition research and trends, and I also get to sample new food products that are on the market.  Over the next few weeks, I will try to pass along some of the interesting infor...
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Holiday Desserts: Try Freezing Leftovers to Minimize Temptation

This season is such a challenging time because of all the extra holiday food that is around.  For those with a sweet tooth, the leftover cakes and pies from thanksgiving can be a challenge, for others the Christmas cookies are the biggest temptation.  While you may not be able to control your environment at work or at holiday gatherings, you can control your environment at home. So what can y...
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Eating Well on a Budget

People often tell me that it costs too much to eat healthy and that budget constraints are a barrier to making healthier meals.  While some higher quality ingredients do cost more, there are many healthy foods that are budget friendly.  It can be quite possible to eat very healthy meals and save money.  The following are a few cost saving tips for healthy eating: Make more home-cooked meals...
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Refreshing Summer Slaw Recipe

Looking for a new summer recipe to help get those vegetables into your diet?  Try this refreshing slaw mix recipe that takes less than 5 minutes and doesn’t require any cooking.  Not only does it taste great, but it’s light on calories and loaded with vitamins and minerals.  In fact, 1 cup has less than 70 calories and has 120% of the daily value for Vitamin C and 35% for Vitamin A. Try ...
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Helpful Website for Selecting Seasonal Produce

Fruits and vegetables always taste best when they are in season which makes summer a great time to really focus on eating more produce.  Experimenting with different fruits and vegetables and trying new recipes can be a great way to add variety to the diet and keep things interesting. For great information about what’s in season right now, you can check out The University of Nebraska-Lincoln...
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50 Ways to Make Chicken More Exciting

Chicken is a very lean and healthy protein option, but who wants to eat plain chicken breasts week after week?  Definitely not me!  I’m always looking for creative ways to make something simple, like chicken, more exciting.  For example, I’ll often use chicken in dishes that have a lot of flavor like stir fry’s, chicken fajitas, Thai chicken lettuce wraps, etc. However, I know it can b...
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Simple Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Coming up with healthy lunch ideas to pack can be a challenge for anyone, but if you are a vegetarian it can be even more difficult.  The following are some healthy vegetarian lunch ideas that are between 300-400 calories.  (Note- If you do not include dairy, you can substitute soy cheese and soy yogurt for the dairy products below.)  As an added benefit, none of the lunches need to be heated s...
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