Skillet Granola

  Skillet Granola Delicious and easy to make, this skillet granola is an awesome addition to parfaits! 1/3 cup vegetable oil3 tablespoons honey1/4 cup powdered milk1 teaspoon vanilla4 cups uncooked (old fashioned rolled oats)1/2 cup sunflower seeds1 cup raisins Warm oil and honey in a skillet for one minute over medium heat (300 degrees in... Continue Reading →

Meal Prep as a Family

Prepping meals can be more fun as a family. To save money and eat healthier, try to eat out only occasionally and prepare more at home. We’ve got great tools for meal planning HERE. FIND A FREE CLASS: It’s easy to find free classes from Eat Smart Idaho where qualifying adults and families can learn... Continue Reading →

Quinoa Lentil Taco “Meat”

This recipe is a great healthy swap and can help to incorporate some healthy habits for the New Year. Quinoa Lentil Taco "Meat" Mixing bowlMixing Spoonparchment paperBaking sheet 1 cup cooked quinoa1 cup cooked lentils (brown or green)1/2 cup low-sodium salsa4 tbsp low-sodium taco seasoning Preheat oven to 400°F.In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients... Continue Reading →

Healthy Swaps

The beginning of the year is a great time to start healthy habits for yourself and your family. Begin a healthy habit of using some healthy swaps in your family meals. Healthy swaps can help to cut down on added sugar, salt, and saturated fats in your family meals. Some healthy swaps can even help... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls are an easy and fun to make snack during the holidays or any time of year! Peanut Butter Balls Heart Healthy Snack 1 15 oz. can great northern beans, (drained and rinsed * can use garbanzo beans as a substitute)1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup)1 Tablespoon vanilla... Continue Reading →

Nuts and Seeds

At this time of year chestnuts might be roasting on an open fire but there are a large variety of nuts and seeds available to enjoy this holiday season. Commonly used nuts are walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts and chestnuts.  Seeds include sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax, hemp, pomegranate,... Continue Reading →

Baked Pear Pancake

Perfect for breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning or any time! Baked Pear Pancake Perfect for breakfast or brunch, the cottage cheese in this "pancake" gives you bigger flavor and some lightness. SkilletStoveoven 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour3 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1 1/4 cups milk (1%)1 teaspoon vanilla3 eggs (lightly beaten)6... Continue Reading →

Simple Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Learn All About Brussels Sprouts here! Simple Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts Baking sheetparchment papercutting boardKnife 1 lb. brussels sprouts (about 4 cups)3 tbsp oil1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp ground black pepper Preheat oven to 400°F.Wash brussels sprouts under clean water. Trim off the ends of the brussels sprouts, cut in half, then place on a parchment paper... Continue Reading →

All About Brussels Sprouts

What are brussels sprouts? Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable and are in the same family as cabbage and kale. They actually look and taste like a mini cabbage! Brussels sprouts grow on a long stem measuring 2-3 feet high (pictured below), but are commonly found in grocery stores removed from the stem in bulk... Continue Reading →

Winter Fruit Crisp

Winter Fruit Crisp A tasty and nutrient packed winter treat. Knife8x8 inch baking panmeasuring spoons and cups 3 cups apples (diced)1 cup Cranberries2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)1/2 cup Whole wheat flour1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats1/3 cup unsalted butter1 tbsp unsalted butter1 tsp cinnamon Wash apples before chopping. Wash cranberries.  Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an... Continue Reading →

Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

  Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes Ditch the added sugar and saturated fat of traditional thanksgiving sweet potato casserole and try this delicious and healthier alternative! 6 cups sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 lbs = 6 cups))1/4 cup olive oil4 sprigs rosemary chopped3 cloves garlic minced1 red onion sliced Wash your... Continue Reading →

A MyPlate Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is amazing, but it can be tempting to overindulge. However, it is easy to have a healthy and balanced plate when you sit down to your Thanksgiving feast. Using the MyPlate model is a helpful tool to keep your Thanksgiving meal well-balanced.     Half your Plate- There are plenty of delicious holiday sides to... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Cinnamon Apple Chips Try some scrappy cooking with this simple recipe! Baking sheetKnifecutting board 2 apples1 tbsp cinnamon Preheat oven to 200°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.Wash apples under clean water and pat dry with a clean towel.Thinly slice apples into rounds. You do not need to core the apple, but do remove... Continue Reading →

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 →

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dip

  Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dip Yummy fall dip for fruits, vegetables and crackers 3/4 cup peanut butter3/4 cup pureed pumpkin1-2 tablespoons brown sugar, to taste1 teaspoon vanilla Wash handsMix peanut butter and brown sugarAdd vanilla and stirAdd pumpkin and stir until well blendedServe with celery sticks and apple wedges or other fruits and vegetablesRefrigerate any... Continue Reading →

Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween is a fun holiday known for dressing up in costumes and eating a lot of candy.  With a few steps to help your kids eat in moderation, Halloween can be a great holiday without eating too much candy.  The empty candy calories add up fast!  Four bite size chocolate bars contain approximately 320 calories.... Continue Reading →

Winter Squash- Different Shapes, Sizes, Colors, and Tastes- We love them all!

The first winter squash begin arriving in stores in the Fall and stay in steady supply throughout winter. We love the taste as well as the array of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Types: In addition to pumpkins, you’ll find butternut, turban, buttercup, carnival, Hubbard, acorn, kabocha, and spaghetti squash, and more! The choices are... Continue Reading →

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bake

  Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bake Try your hand at an orange themed fall meal with this whole grain breakfast recipe! 8x8 inch baking panmixing bowlsSpatula 3/4 cup shredded carrots1/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)2 cups milk (or unsweetened non-dairy milk)1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (or pumpkin puree)1 egg2 1/4 cups rolled oats1 tsp cinnamon1... Continue Reading →

October: Choose Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Get spooky AND nutritious this October by choosing orange fruits and vegetables for your family's meals.   Orange fruits and vegetables: carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin, winter squash, orange bell pepper, orange, mango, apricot, cantaloupe, peach, papaya   Health Benefits: Orange fruits and vegetables contain a compound called carotenoids, which give these foods their deep orange... Continue Reading →

Apple Tuna Sandwich

Add some sweetness and crunch to your usual tuna sandwich with this recipe. You can easily substitute canned chicken for the tuna! Yum! Apple Tuna Sandwich Add some sweetness and crunch to your usual tuna sandwich with this recipe. You can easily substitute canned chicken instead of tuna. Can openerSharp knifecutting boardSpatula or spoonMedium BowlMeasuring... Continue Reading →

Apricot Date Bars

Get started with on your healthy snacking journey with our snacking guide! Apricot Date Bars This is an easy and nutrient dense recipe that the whole family will love. Put your creative hats on and customize the ingredients based on the season, your taste preference, or what you have in your pantry! food processorbowlbaking panparchment... Continue Reading →

Chickpea Blondies

Including more legumes in your meals can be great for your overall health, help you save money, and be a fun and delicious way to try new recipes! Chickpea Blondies These nutrient dense blondies are great for breakfast, a snack or dessert! blender/food processorMixing bowl8 x 8 baking panMixing Spoon 3-4 ripe bananas1/2 cup oats1... Continue Reading →

Hummus

Hummus is another tasty way to add plant protein to your day! Hummus can be spread on sandwiches, served with crackers, or used as a dip for veggies.

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 →

Camp Cooking Safety

While you’re packing the sunscreen, bug spray and camping gear, don’t forget basic food safety. Here are some camp-specific tips. Plan Ahead! To avoid leftovers, plan menus and portion sizes ahead of time. Plan meals that require one pot to lighten your load. If possible, bring shelf stable foods. Keep Cold Foods Cold! Pack foods... Continue Reading →

Beet Sauerkraut

Fermenting your own vegetables can help save money, especially if you eat them regularly. By fermenting sauerkraut at home, you can make a jar for a fraction of the price that you would pay in the supermarket. Beet Sauerkraut An easy at home fermentation recipe for the whole family! kitchen scalebowlmason jar/glass jarSpoonkifecutting boardGrater 500... 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 →

Berry Banana Popsicles

Berry Banana Popsicles A refreshing frozen snack. Mixing bowlKnifePaper cupsPlastic spoons 1 cup Strawberries (diced)1 Banana (medium sized, diced)2 cups Vanilla Yogurt (non-fat) Wash hands.Dice strawberries and bananas with a knife. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour mixture into paper cups. Place in freezer until starts to solidify.Place plastic spoons in mixture... Continue Reading →

Popsicles: Healthy & Homemade

As the temperature rises this summer why not stay cool with a healthy and homemade popsicle? Traditionally popsicles aren’t known as the healthiest of snacks. Many frozen popsicles have large amounts of added sugar, and not a lot of vitamins and minerals. Some do add some vitamin C, but not much else. An easy way... Continue Reading →

Fruit Leather

Fruit Leather is nutritious, delicious, easy to prepare, lightweight, and simple to make. Fruit leather 3 cups strawberries Wash hands and wash fruitBlend 3 cups strawberries or other fruit in a blenderSpread evenly on a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheetBake at lowest setting for 3-4 hoursCheck often as each batch will vary depending... Continue Reading →

Cherry Salsa

This sweet and spicy salsa tastes great on tacos, with grilled with meats, with cheese & whole grain crackers baked tortilla chips. Try our Pork Tacos with Cherry Salsa.

Tangy Summer Crunch Salad

Tangy Summer Crunch Salad cutting boardKnifeMixing bowlSpoon 1 large cucumber (about 2 cups (or summer squash))1 large tomato1 small onion (or 3 large green onions)1 handful fresh herbs (ex: dill, cilantro, mint, etc. )2 Tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon (or vinegar))black pepper (to taste) Wash all vegetables under clean water, prepare vegetables as... Continue Reading →

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