Pesto for pasta and so much more!

This pesto recipe is a delicious addition to pasta, pizza, vegetables, grain salad, sandwiches, soup, potatoes, meat, fish and eggs. Pesto This pesto recipe is a delicious addition to pasta, pizza, vegetables, grain salad, sandwiches, soup, potatoes, meat, fish and eggs food processer or blenderMeasuring cupSpatula ¼ cup olive oil2 cups firmly packed fresh basil... Continue Reading →

Salad in a Jar

Jar salads are fun, affordable, and healthy! Remember to keep the wet ingredients on the bottom and work your way up to keep the lettuce from wilting. How to Pack a Salad in a Jar Start with the dressing as the base layer,. Then add: grains, beans or lentils, and harder vegetables like cooked beets,... Continue Reading →

Thai Chicken Salad

  Thai Chicken Salad bowlbowlcutting boardKnife Salad:1 cup carrots (shredded)4 cups cabbage (shredded)1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)1 bunch cilantro (finely chopped)2 cups shredded chicken (canned will work)Dressing:1/4 cup peanut butter2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce2 Tbsp. lime juice1 tsp garlic (minced)2 Tbsp. oil2 Tbsp. honeywater (for desired consistency)Optional: crushed peanuts to top Prepare a clean... Continue Reading →

Go Green Smoothie

  Go Green Smoothie This smoothie is a great way to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables KnifeMeasuring cupBlender 1 banana (cut into slices)1 cup green grapes1 kiwi (peeled and sliced)1 cup baby spinach (rinsed and patted dry)1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (or key lime yogurt)¼ cup apple juice or lime juice4-5 ice cubes Wash hands... Continue Reading →

Eat It Green for Spring!

What could be better than eating fresh fruits and vegetables as spring approaches? Packed with nutrients, fiber and FLAVOR, green fruits and vegetables are a great addition to every meal. Green foods help protect your heart, work to keep blood pressure under control, keep your eyes seeing well and protect your gut health.  In honor... Continue Reading →

Green Pasta Sauce

Try out some of your new environmentally friendly kitchen tips with this Green Pasta Sauce recipe: Green Pasta Sauce Great way to get your greens in! SkilletPotBlenderSpatulaKnifecutting boardSpatula 1 box whole wheat pasta2 Tbsp olive oil1/2 onion (diced)2 cloves garlic (minced)1 zucchini (diced)3 cups spinach1/2 cup cream (or canned coconut milk for dairy free)1 Tbsp... Continue Reading →

Celery Salad

Celery Salad Delicious easy salad WhiskKnifebowl 1/4 cup olive oil2 teaspoons Dijon mustard2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 teaspoon celery seed1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt4 cups celery (trimmed, thinly bias sliced)1 tart apple (peeled, cored and diced)4 ounces provolone cheese (diced)1/2 cup chopped walnuts or hazelnuts (toasted) At least one hour before serving whisk together olive oil,... Continue Reading →

March is National Celery Month!

Crunchy. Crispy. Fresh and bright. Celery can be used in so many ways. The classic peanut butter filling with raisins is just the beginning! That handy groove in the celery can be filled with anything you like.  Try filling with:  Hummus Chicken salad Cream cheese Guacamole  Adding sliced or diced celery brings crunch and flavor... Continue Reading →

Broccoli Tots

Check out more information on green fruits and vegetables! Broccoli Tots Mixing bowlMixing SpoonBaking sheet 3 cups broccoli (fresh or frozen)2 eggs1/2 cup oat flour (oats ground into a flour)1 tbsp Italian seasoning (no salt added)1/4 tsp garlic powder1/4 tsp ground black pepper Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and... Continue Reading →

Celebrate Green Fruits and Vegetables

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some green fruits and vegetables!   Dark green vegetables, like spinach and broccoli, are the superstars of the green foods! Health benefits of dark green vegetables Rich in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and regulate digestion. Great source of potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure and promotes bone health.... Continue Reading →

Lemon Vinaigrette

  Lemon Vinaigrette This salad dressing is easy to make. Oil, acid and some seasonings are all you need for a delicious homemade dressing. Begin with a base: olive oil, canola oil or yogurt. Add in an acid: vinegar or citrus juice. Seasonings: herbs, onion, mustard or garlic. Measuring cupMeasuring spoonsjar with lid for shaking... Continue Reading →

Roasted Chickpeas

These crunchy chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are high in fiber! Enjoy as a snack or add to a salad, soup or pasta for a little crunch and a boost of protein and fiber. Try using different spices and herbs of your choice! Roasted Chickpeas These crunchy chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are... Continue Reading →

Strawberry Energy Bites

Learn about red fruits and vegetables here! Strawberry Energy Bites food processor 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)1 1/2 cup oats1 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted)1/2 cup shredded coconut1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)Optional2 tbsp shredded coconut (for coating) Wash hands and prepare a clean work surface.Wash strawberries and measure out by removing strawberry tops and... Continue Reading →

Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks

Celebrate red colored fruits and vegetables for Valentine's day this year!   Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables means there are wide range of colors on your plate. Each color provides our bodies with different health benefits. Red foods are heart healthy! The red color in a strawberry, for example, contains antioxidants that protect... Continue Reading →

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 →

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