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Pick Your Battles with Picky Eaters // Sloppy Joe

Do you have picky eaters at your dinner table? Trying to please all the taste buds in the house leads to extra planning, cooking, and sometimes tension at the dinner table. This may leave you feeling like you want to abandon dinnertime all together. The Family Dinner project offers a few ideas to help ease… Continue reading Pick Your Battles with Picky Eaters // Sloppy Joe

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National Nutrition Month – Personalize Your Plate // Cheeseburger Soup

It's National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shares information each year to help people eat more healthy and be more physically active. This year they are encouraging you to Personalize Your Plate. Nutrition is not one-size-fits all. Different people have different needs, body types, goals, tastes, and backgrounds. When you take the… Continue reading National Nutrition Month – Personalize Your Plate // Cheeseburger Soup

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That’s a Wrap // Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf

Family Meals Month 2017 is coming to an end. That doesn't mean you have to lose momentum. Use the tips and tricks you've learned this month to keep going. After all, family meals fuel better nutrition. Most of us have less control of what kids consume while out of the home. Family mealtime provides an… Continue reading That’s a Wrap // Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf

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Make Food Exciting Again // Waffle Recipes

Do you ever get tired of eating the same old foods?  With a simple twist, food can become exciting again!  Try adding a waffle iron to your kitchen appliance arsenal.  You'll never believe all the ways you can use it.  Check out these five fun ways to use waffles:  1.  Waffle Tacos - I think it is… Continue reading Make Food Exciting Again // Waffle Recipes

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Free Family Mealtime Cookbook // Sloppy Joes

Have you sat down to dinner with your family lately?  A favorite quote of mine comes from Lori Borgman, author of All Stressed Up and No Place to Go.  She says, "Dinner is where you put together the puzzle of the world and sometimes the puzzle of yourself.  In the midst of all the shuttling and… Continue reading Free Family Mealtime Cookbook // Sloppy Joes

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National Lasagna Day // Favorite Recipes

Friday, August 29, 2016 is National Lasagna Day.  Mark you calendar and celebrate!  The right lasagna recipe can make for a delicious and nutritious meal.  Here are a five ways to boost the nutrition of any lasagna recipe:  Use Whole-Wheat Noodles - MyPlate recommends you make half your grains whole grains.  Using whole-wheat noodles in your… Continue reading National Lasagna Day // Favorite Recipes

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Summertime and the Cookin’ is Easy // Five Go To Recipes

It's too hot to cook.  I just want to be outside.  Can't we just have cold cereal?  These are the thoughts running through my head lately when it comes to dinnertime.  Cooking is the last thing I want to do during the summer months.  I would rather be outside soaking up every last ray of… Continue reading Summertime and the Cookin’ is Easy // Five Go To Recipes

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To Freeze Or Not To Freeze – Part II // Three Bean Chili

A bit of green has started to poke its head up from the soil in my garden.  And it is not just weeds!  Summer harvest time will be here soon.  Sometimes a garden produces more vegetables than a family can use at once.  Other times, you might buy more at the grocery store than you… Continue reading To Freeze Or Not To Freeze – Part II // Three Bean Chili

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Let’s Create! // Cabbage Patch Stew

Cabbage Patch Stew is one of my favorite recipes. It is hearty and flavorful with just a hint of sweetness. To make Cabbage Patch Stew, start by gathering your ingredients. You need: 1/2 lb. lean ground beef 1 large onion 1 cup celery 2 cups shredded cabbage 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. chili powder 1… Continue reading Let’s Create! // Cabbage Patch Stew

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Going Grain // A Guide to Cooking Whole Grains

Whole grains are an important part of any diet. To understand the term "whole grain", you need to understand the anatomy of a grain. The Whole Grains Council tells us that a grain kernel consists of three parts, the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. A whole grain has all three parts of the kernel… Continue reading Going Grain // A Guide to Cooking Whole Grains

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Weekly Menu Plan // What’s On Your List?

Did you see our Weekly Menu Plan blog post last month?  It talks about the steps you take to plan your dinner menu for the week using your local grocery store ads.  If you missed it, or just need a review, click here. Then come on back and see what I'm  planning this week!   Remember that… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s On Your List?

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Summer Food Safety // Grilled Beef and Veggies

It's summer!  Summer often brings picnics, barbecues, and packing food to take on the go.  It is important to take proper food safety steps when transporting food and cooking outdoors.  The FDA offers the following tips: Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Cold food should be stored… Continue reading Summer Food Safety // Grilled Beef and Veggies

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Let’s Make ’em Mini // Mini Lasagna Cups

Although they may be mini, these lasagna cups pack a tasty punch.  They are quick and easy to make for a flavorful Italian style dinner.  Start by heating some olive oil in a skillet.  The recipe calls for Italian sausage links,  however, ground beef or ground turkey would make a great substitution.  If you choose… Continue reading Let’s Make ’em Mini // Mini Lasagna Cups

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My Challenge to You // Homemade Taco Seasoning

Happy New Year!  This time of year often causes us to reflect on goals we would like to set for the upcoming year.  One goal I would like to challenge you to in 2015 is to eat less heavily processed foods. Processed foods can generally be referred to as foods that are packaged in boxes, cans,… Continue reading My Challenge to You // Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Cooking In Season // Tomatoes

Summer is winding down which means tomato season is here. There is nothing quite like a fresh tomato ripe off the vine. There are literally hundreds of tomato varieties. The most common types of tomatoes in our area are Roma, Beefsteak, and Cherry or Grape tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are great to eat by themselves or in… Continue reading Cooking In Season // Tomatoes