Sweet Cranberry Sauce

  Sweet Cranberry Sauce A tasty side dish. ColanderSaucepanMixing SpoonMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoons 1 cup Cranberries1/4 cup Orange juice1/4 cup Water3 tbsp Sugar1/4 cup Apricots (Dried)1/4 cup Golden raisins3/4 tsp Orange zest (grated) Wash your fresh cranberries in a colander and remove any stems or leaves. If you are using frozen cranberries let them defrost beforehand.In... Continue Reading →

Overnight Apple Oatmeal

  Overnight Apple Oatmeal A delicious breakfast. bowlKnife 1/2 cup oats1/2 cup low-fat milk1/4 cup Unsweetened applesauce1/4 cup Apple (washed and chopped) Always wash hands before preparing food.Combine oats, milk, and applesauce or mashed banana in bowl or jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with washed and chopped apple and optional other... Continue Reading →

Apple Donuts

  Apple Donuts A tasty healthy recipe that kids love to help make. KnifeSpoon 1 Apple2 tbsp low-fat Greek yogurt (vanilla )1/4 cup blueberries1/4 cup Granola Core and slice one apple into rounds.Spread 2 Tbsp vanilla low fat Greek Yogurt evenly among the apple slices.Place ¼ cup blueberries evenly among apple slices.Sprinkle ¼ cup granola... Continue Reading →

Cucumber Salad with Tomatoes

  Cucumber Salad with Tomatoes A great source of vegetables and whole grains. Knifecutting boardMeasuring cupsMixing Spoon 2 cups cucumber (diced)1 cup tomatoes (seeded, diced)1/4 cup sweet onion (chopped)2 cups whole grain cous cous or brown rice (cooked)2 tsp Dried dill1/2 cup light Italian dressing Wash hands with soap and water.In a large bowl combine... Continue Reading →

Grilled Peaches

This recipe is great for the summer because it is so easy and refreshing. Grilled Peaches This recipe is great for the summer because it is so easy and refreshing 4 whole peaches wash handswash and cut peaches in half and remove the pitspray cut side with nonstick cooking spray if desiredgrill for approximately 1-2... Continue Reading →

Summer Veggie Skillet

At the end of Summer in Idaho, gardens, markets, and stores are bursting with ripe produce. This recipe is a great way to enjoy Summer's veggies. Check out this seasonal produce calendar from Idaho Preferred to explore what's in season any time of the year. Summer Veggie Skillet At the end of Summer in Idaho,... Continue Reading →

Baked Tomatoes with Cheese

Baked Tomatoes with Cheese A seasonal summer recipe. KnifeBaking DishSmall bowl 2 Tomatoes (large)1/3 cup low-fat cheese (parmesan, Swiss, or cheddar)1 tsp dried oregano1/4 tsp ground black pepper1/4 tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic, minced) Wash hands with soap and water.Preheat oven to 400°F. Wash tomatoes and cut into 1 inch thick slices.Place tomato... Continue Reading →

Camp Cooking- Foil Packet Recipes

Before trying these recipes, see our previous blog post, Camp Cooking Safety. Foil Packet Camping Dinners Great for camping! Choose a protein: (Ground beef or turkey sausage, cubed chicken or steak, fish. Smaller pieces of meat cook more quickly. )Add lots of veggies: (For ease, wash and cut veggies ahead of time. Onions, potatoes, carrots,... Continue Reading →

Fermenting Vegetables

Fermenting vegetables at home can reduce food waste, save money, and can promote a healthy gut. Sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi are a few fermented vegetables that provide a variety of health benefits. Why make fermented vegetables? Fermented vegetables can be healthy for your gut and improve your digestion.The fermentation process increases the vegetables’ naturally occurring... Continue Reading →

Watermelon Pizza

Watermelon Pizza Customize with your favorite berries. KnifeSpoon 1 Watermelon (sliced 1" thick and cut into 8 wedges)2 cups low-fat Greek yogurt (vanilla flavored)2 cups mixed berries Wash hands with soap and water.Wash and slice watermelon into 1 inch slices. Cut the rounds into triangular wedges.Spread 1/4 cup yogurt on top of each slice.Sprinkle mixed... Continue Reading →

Scrambled Egg Muffins

Scrambled Egg Muffins Customize these with your favorite veggies. Muffin TinKnifeMixing bowlGrater Non-stick cooking spray6 Eggs1/2 cup Onion (washed and diced)1/2 cup Broccoli (washed and diced)1/2 cup Red bell pepper (washed and diced)1/2 cup Green bell pepper (washed and diced)1/4 tsp Ground black pepper1/4 tsp Garlic powder1/2 cup Low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded Wash hands. Preheat... Continue Reading →

Citrus Vitamin Water

Citrus Vitamin Water Refreshing and nutritious! PitcherKnifecutting board 4 cups coconut water2 cups water (or unsweetened sparkling water)1 orange (juiced)1 lemon (juiced)1 lime (juiced)pinch of salt In a pitcher add all ingredients and stir until fully combined.Serve at room temperature or over ice. Cut down on sugar-sweetened beverages, this citrus vitamin water is a great... Continue Reading →

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash A balanced meal for the whole family! Use MyPlate to identify the food groups. SpoonBaking sheetMixing bowlKnifecutting boardSpatulaSkillet 2 acorn squash1 lb ground turkey (or lean ground beef)1 onion (sliced)2 cloves garlic (minced)1 bunch kale (stems removed and ripped into bite size pieces)1 tbsp rosemary (fresh or dried)salt and pepper (to taste)... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels Try out this high fiber and protein, sweet whole grain dessert! Kids will have a fun time helping with this simple recipe. They can measure, mix, shape, and dip! Mixing bowlSpoonBaking sheetBlender or Food ProcessorMicrowave safe bowl 2/3 cup peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)6 tbsp oat flour24 twisted pretzels... Continue Reading →

Healthy Holiday Desserts

The holidays are a wonderful time to bring friends and family together. Making a fresh batch of holiday desserts is a perfect way to make connections and memories during the holiday season. Think of your favorite family dessert, then think about how it makes you feel. Warm, nostalgic, happy, connected? Does it ever feel too... Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew

Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew This delicious stew can be started in the morning for a ready-to-eat hot dinner. Slow Cooker 1 pound ground beef (90/10 lean)½ onion (chopped)2 potatoes (washed and cut into cubes)2 cans mixed vegetables (14.5 ounce, drained)1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounce, keep juice)4 cups water1 teaspoon oregano (or another herb (optional))1... Continue Reading →

Citrus Salad

Salad full of color and vitamins to keep the whole family happy and healthy this spring! Citrus Salad A bright and colorful dish the whole family can enjoy! 1 grapefruit (peeled)1 orange (peeled)10 C fresh lettuce greens1 small red onion2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp lime juice1 tbsp vegetable oil1 tbsp water1/4 tsp black... Continue Reading →

Enchilada Casserole

Healthy, budget friendly family meal that will keep you full and cozy! Enchilada Casserole Affordable, easy recipe to try at home with the family! 28 oz canned green enchilada sauce 2 cups cooked or canned beans, drained (pinto,black,kidney)3 cups cooked brown rice15 oz drained canned corn or 1 1/2 cups of frozen corn 12 corn... Continue Reading →

Spinach Turkey Meatballs

Quick and easy dinners can be nutritious and fun. Add these spinach turkey meatballs into your dinner rotation! Turkey Spinach Meatballs Quick and healthy protein for families in a time crunch! 1 lb. ground turkey1 egg1 small onion (grated)2 cloves garlic (minced)1 C spinach (finely chopped)1/2 C parsley (finely chopped)1/2 tsp dried oregano1/2 tsp black... Continue Reading →

Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels

Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels A quick and easy recipe that the whole family will enjoy! 1 8 oz. package cream cheese6 8-inch flour tortillas6 slices turkey breast1 14 oz. can cranberry sauce3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves Wash spinach and strain in a colander. Chop roughly.Place the tortillas on a microwave safe plate and microwave uncovered... Continue Reading →

Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Nachos

Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Nachos A quick and easy weeknight meal that your family will love! 3 medium sweet potatoes1 can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed1 medium red bell pepper, diced1 small red onion, diced1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded1 cup low-fat Greek yogurthot sauce to taste1/2 cup cilantro, chopped1 medium lime, zest and... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Banana Pockets

Peanut Butter Banana Pockets are a great snack that your kids can help prepare. Getting your kids involved in the kitchen will teach them skills they will use throughout their lives. While helping prepare recipes kids will be building their math, science, reading, communication, and decision making skills. Another bonus is kids are more likely... Continue Reading →

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Quench your thirst with this refreshing Summer beverage. 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (chopped)2 tbsp Honey or sweetener of choice2 lemons (juiced)3.5 cups sparkling water Puree strawberries and honey in blender or food processor.Pour sparkling water into a pitcher, then stir in strawberry puree and lemon juice.Serve at room temperature or... Continue Reading →

Easy Slow Cooker Beans

Raise your hand if you have ever burned a batch of beans… or just dinner. *Raises hand slowly* You leave a pot on the stove, get distracted, and suddenly dinner is a bit more charred than you would like. You might ask yourself, “What can I do?” An easy solution is to pull out that... Continue Reading →

Dried Fruit

Feed Your Kids a Rainbow Serve 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Did you know that ½ cup of dried fruit counts as one serving? This is because the loss of water during the drying process concentrates the calories and nutrients. Check the nutrition facts label for added sugar when buying dried fruit, as it... Continue Reading →

Fun in the Snow

During this cold season we are all ready to curl up with a blanket, and not step outside. But staying active, even in the cold, is important. And these cold months brings with it something for all of us to enjoy - snow. Playing in the snow as a family is a great bonding activity... Continue Reading →

Thankful for Sweet Potatoes and So Much More!

A starchy vegetable full of vitamins A, C, fiber, potassium, and FLAVOR!  Sweet Potato Apple Casserole A new twist on sweet potatoes! 4 Sweet potatoes (scrubbed with a vegetable brush under running water, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes)2 Apples (washed under cold running water, sliced)½ cup Orange juice1 tablespoon Butter1 teaspoon Cinnamon½ cup raisins... Continue Reading →

Apples

While we are able to get apples all year round, this time of year they are particularly tasty. This is apple season. Apples are a great snack, that are also very healthy. You can grab one on the go, cut it up and enjoy it as an after-school snack, or mix it into dishes to... Continue Reading →

Winter Squash

We are now nestled into the Fall season here in Idaho, which means crisp air, crunchy leaves, and a bounty of winter squashes! The most common varieties that can be found in stores are pumpkins, acorn squash, butternut squash and spaghetti squash. Winter squashes are a great source of vitamin A for promoting vision health,... Continue Reading →

Kids Eat Right Month

August is Kids Eat Right Month and a great time for families to learn how to cook healthy together! A clever way to encourage children to try new foods is to get kids in the kitchen. This week, we're featuring recipes to help kids start young and learn simple cooking tasks before moving on to... Continue Reading →

Idaho Seasonal Produce

Idaho is known for its potatoes, but what about the other vegetables and fruits that grow in abundance? There are over 40 different types of vegetables and fruits grown in the summer months alone. Listed below are a few examples of the produce that are in season in August. Apples, Apricots, Beans, Beets, Berries (various),... Continue Reading →

All About Dairy!

Let’s talk dairy! Dairy is an important component to our daily diets. It’s one of the five food groups that is recommended by the USDA. You might be familiar with MyPlate, if not, below is a graphic that’ll help you get familiar with what a healthy balance of food looks like. The USDA recommends that... Continue Reading →

Get Ready to Grill- Safely

Don’t forget the MOST important BBQ tool - a FOOD THERMOMETER! Download a FREE "Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart" The Main 4 Practices for Food Safety: CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK, and CHILL Cantaloupe Gazpacho Try this COOL summer recipe with your Summer or Fall BBQ Blender 1 cantaloupe, medium (washed, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks)1... Continue Reading →

An Egg-citing Week Ahead!

It’s Egg Week at Eat Smart Idaho! We're bringing you egg cooking, egg safety and egg-citing recipes.  5 Egg-spert Questions About Easter Eggs How can I safely color and decorate hard-cooked eggs? Wash your hands between all the steps of cooking, cooling, dyeing and decorating.Can I use anything to decorate the eggs, such as pens... Continue Reading →

Unplug. Go Outside.

Spring Fever? Nature is a major distraction from the stresses of life and important for the health of children and adults. People who spend time outside… have more energy.are calmer.feel less stress.focus better.feel happier.sleep better. Start close to home with 30 minutes of activity. If you don’t have 30 minutes, try 10 minutes three times... Continue Reading →

Winter Fun

Instead of cursing the winter, find ways to enjoy it! Instead of talking about the things we CAN'T do, bundle up, get outside, and be active with these activities: SNOWBALL FIGHT: what better way to run around (and exercise) without even realizing that you are exercising? Put on your gloves, gather your kids, and start... Continue Reading →

#IdahoHasHeart

FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH #AmericanHeartMonth #IdahoHasHeart #OurHearts #LongLiveIdaho #EatSmartIdaho Click on the links below for tips from the American Heart Association: Eat Smart Follow these tips when you go food shopping. Add Color Sneaking more vegetables into meals. Move More Ways to get yourself moving and enjoy being physically active. Be Well How to... Continue Reading →

Winter is Citrus Season

When it is cold in Idaho, warmer parts of the country are picking ripe, fresh oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and other sweet or tangy citrus fruits. This is the time of year when these fruits taste wonderful and prices are lower! So, when the weather gets chilly, break out the citrus recipes! Carrot, Jicama, and Orange... Continue Reading →

Healthier Holidays

Between Christmas and New Years we tend to go to so many parties, get so many sweets, and generally have many opportunities to not be healthy. So here are a few tips to help you stay healthier this week. Have healthy snacks: make sure you have some healthy foods on hand so you can snack... Continue Reading →

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