CARROT FRIES KnifebowlBaking sheet 1 1/2 pounds carrots = 6-8 medium carrots2 teaspoons oil1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)1/8 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 400° F.Wash hands with soap and waterScrub carrots to remove dirt.Cut carrots into 3-inch strips, or rounds if you want carrot chips.Place carrots, oil, cumin (if using) and salt in a... Continue Reading →
Carrots are long root vegetables that are crunchy and sweet. There are several colors….orange, yellow and purple. They are available fresh, frozen, canned or as juice. Baby carrots are actually carrots that are cut from large carrots. Selection: When choosing carrots look for crisp carrots without cracks, Storing: It is important to store carrots in... Continue Reading →
A very different and tasty way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. Along with roast turkey, you can experiment with other savory side dishes like brussels sprouts, roasted green beans, cornbread stuffing, or mashed sweet potatoes. As always, remember to heat leftovers to a minimum of 165°F!
After reading these quick tips, use our chart to find the correct thawing and roasting times for the size of your turkey.
Try a healthy twist on a classic with this Healthier Sweet Potato Casserole. This is a perfect dish to make the day before Thanksgiving so you can spend less time stressing and more time with your family. This recipe is also a great to bring as a dish to pass! Healthier Sweet Potato Casserole Mixing... Continue Reading →
Thanksgiving is just around the corner: Are you excited for delicious food and family time or are you getting stressed just looking at your long to-do list? If you are the one to prepare the meal, or you are just visiting someone else's home, preparing for your Thanksgiving meal can become stressful very quickly. ... Continue Reading →
Cherry Salad This cherry salad is refreshing and would be great for the holidays! bowlKnifeSpoonMeasuring cup ½ cup pitted and halved sweet cherries1 cup cubed cantaloupe1 cup halved green grapes1 medium banana (peeled and sliced)¼ cup orange juice (juice from 1/2 orange)¼ cup flaked coconut (optional) Wash hands with soap and water.In a large... Continue Reading →
Cherries have been a cherished fruit for centuries. There are many kinds but are grouped as two types: sweet and tart. Cherries are not just red.....there are also yellow, blush, gold and dark red (almost black) cherries. Cherries have several health benefits: High in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants ... Continue Reading →
Learn about more ways to use lettuce as a wrap here. Lemon Pepper Chicken Lettuce Wrap Skillet 2 cans (5 oz.) canned chicken (about 1 1/2 chicken breasts)1 lemon (juiced)1 tsp ground black pepper1 head lettuce (any kind)Optionaldiced tomatoesdiced cucumber Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and prepare a clean... Continue Reading →
Everyone loves a good sandwich or wrap. However, if you are looking for bread alternatives or to diversify your diet, lettuce is a great option for you! You can use lettuce to substitute all kinds of bread like rolls, pita wraps, and burger buns. Why choose lettuce as a substitute? High Nutrition: Lettuce wraps... Continue Reading →
Grapes grow well in Idaho and are harvested September through October. Look for grapes at your local farmers market. Nutrition facts: One cup of grapes is only 62 calories, contains vitamin C and potassium and is fat free and cholesterol free. Grapes are naturally sweet, easy to snack on. Slice grapes in half lengthwise... Continue Reading →
There are so many things you can cook with Summer tomatoes but one way to enjoy them sliced simply on top of crunchy whole grain toast with a little cottage cheese and chopped chives.
As summer winds down, there's still time to savor the deliciousness of fresh tomatoes. Late summer tomatoes are often at their tastiest, making them perfect for your meals.
Pan Seared Chicken with Peaches SkilletMeat thermometer 1.4 lb. Chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)1/2 tsp Chili powder1 tsp Italian seasoning2 tbsp Oil (any variety)1 tsp Salt1 tsp Pepper1 can peaches (drained)1/2 lemon (juiced)3 tbsp honey (optional) Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and prepare a clean workspace. Season chicken thighs with... Continue Reading →
In an effort to reduce plastic waste and promote sustainability, reusable grocery bags are a wonderful way to level up your grocery shopping experience. However, you may ask yourself: How do I get started? How do I clean my grocery bags? Are they environmentally friendly? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Down below are... Continue Reading →
Healthy Apple Pie Cup Enjoy this tasty and nutrient packed fruit cup. Knifecutting boardmeasuring spoons and cups 1/4 cup Granola1/2 Apple (diced)1/4 cup Unsweetened applesauce1 tbsp low-fat Greek yogurt (vanilla)ground cinnamon ((optional)) Wash hands before preparing food.Wash apple.Cut apple in half and then dice.Add granola to the bottom of a cup or bowl. Layer with... Continue Reading →
Refrigerator Dilly Beans Easy and crunchy pickled green beans with spicy dill flavor pint mason jarssaucepansbowlKnifeMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoons 2 pounds fresh green beans1 Cup white vinegar1 Cup apple cider vinegar1 Cup water2 Tablespoons sugar2 cloves of garlic (halved)1.5 teaspoon kosher salt2 sprigs of fresh dill1 teaspoon black peppercorns1 teaspoon crushed red pepper Wash hands... Continue Reading →
Green beans are the immature pods of dried beans. They are meant to be grown and eaten unripe. They grow quickly….Ready to harvest in 50-60 days after planting. Green beans are also known as string beans or snap beans. There are yellow, purple and green varieties. Green beans are low in calories and low in... Continue Reading →
Fresh, ripe, apricots are irresistible and are one of the most nutritious fruits available. Here are 10 suggested ways to use them! Read more...
Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Blender or Food ProcessorJuicerFine mesh sieveSpoon or ladleSmall bowlPitcher 1 cup fresh raspberries1 cup lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons depending on size)3/4 cup honey2-3 cups water (cold)Ice cubesfresh mint leaves (optional, for garnish)sliced lemon (optional, for garnish) Rinse lemons and raspberries and prep the working space.Juice the lemons (use sieve to... Continue Reading →
As the hot August temperatures continue to soar, it is important to find delicious and healthy ways to stay cool. It is not only important to stay refreshed and hydrated, but it is also important to make mindful choices that will nourish your body and keep you going all summer long! Hydrating Infusions: Water is... Continue Reading →
Everyone loves the summer months, but it can get hot. Don’t let the summer heat keep you from staying active. It's important for kids to stay active as well. Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week and children need at least 60 minutes each day of the week.... Continue Reading →
Rhubarb Muffins This is a delicious rhubarb muffin recipe! Rhubarb is low calorie and filled with fiber, vitamins and minerals. 1½ cups flour (all-purpose, whole-wheat or a combination)1 teaspoon baking powder¼ teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon cinnamon½ cup packed brown sugar1 egg½ cup unsweetened applesauce¼ cup vegetable oil1 teaspoon vanilla1 cup diced rhubarb (fresh or... Continue Reading →
Rhubarb is a low calorie vegetable that is fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free. It contains fiber, antioxidants and Vitamin K. Rhubarb can be eaten raw or is often used in muffins, sauces, jellies, pies, or an accompaniment to savory foods. One of the first plants to produce in the spring, rhubarb is a... Continue Reading →
Using the whole watermelon is a great way to create nutritious meals without wasting food Let's learn how you can use the rind, flesh and watermelon juice in unique ways. Read more...
Grilled Lemon Garlic Asparagus GrillSmall bowlWhiskAluminum FoilServing Plate bunch asparagus1 tbsp olive oil2 cloves garlic (minced)1 lemon (zested and juiced)1/8 tsp pepper Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.Wash the asparagus spears and trim off the tough ends.In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and pepper.Evenly coat... Continue Reading →
Summer is in full swing! High temperatures, lazy afternoons, and days by the pool. The only thing that could make it any better is a good ol’ barbeque. Going into barbequing season it is important to remember and practice food safety. Here are some tips below: Separate: When you are shopping, put meat, chicken... Continue Reading →
The artichokes in this delicious soup contain fiber, vitamins and antioxidants that support the immune and cardiovascular systems. Artichoke Potato Soup PotMeasuring spoonsMeasuring cupKnifeBlender 2 Tablespoons oil1 cup onion (chopped)1 clove garlic (chopped)1 potato (peeled and chopped)8 oz artichoke hearts (chopped)2 cups chicken broth¼ teaspoon pepper Wash handsHeat oil in large pot over medium... Continue Reading →
For busy nights when your family needs something quick and healthy on the go, Walking Tacos are great! Tap the picture to get the recipe!
Crazy sports and activity schedules can be a challenge to family meals. Add in homework, family commitments, etc. and things get hectic. It is still possible to enjoy shared food, fun, and conversation - even during busy seasons. Here are a few tips on getting the kids (and yourself) fed without having to give up nutrition or quality dinner time together. Read more...
Find out if corn is a vegetable or a grain by clicking here Sweet Corn Salsa bowlcutting boardKnifeMixing Spoon 4 1/2 cups sweet corn (about 6 ears)3/4 cup cilantro (chopped)2 Tbsp. green onion (sliced)3 Tbsp. lime juice3/4 tsp salt wash your hands for twenty seconds with soap and water. Start with a clean work surface... Continue Reading →
Everywhere you look corn is popping up at your local farmers market, in the grocery store, and in our tried and true pantry items. But the question is: is corn a vegetable or a grain? Well, it depends! We see fresh corn on the cob, frozen corn, canned corn, corn meal, and popcorn. What do... Continue Reading →
A barbeque is a perfect way to relax and spend quality time with friends and family this summer. Here are some suggestions to help you plan a healthier get together: Meat lovers Try grilling lean cuts of meat and healthier proteins, such as skinless chicken, turkey breast and fish. Eating large amounts of fattier meats... Continue Reading →
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 →
As the summer months arrive, fresh herbs are plentiful and we sometimes wonder what to do with the excess. After making pesto it can be placed in an ice cube tray and frozen for future use. After freezing in the tray, pop out of mold and place in a plastic baggie. Pesto is delicious and... Continue Reading →
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. Read more...
When it is Spring in Idaho, that means tender leafy greens are popping up in grocery stores and farmers markets at great prices. You might have a garden sprouting greens too! Read on for a few ways to take advantage of this nutritious Idaho bounty...
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 →
With summer just around the corner and gardens being planted, soon we are going to be up to our ears in fresh, nutritious greens. Salads may sound like a great idea to use your garden fresh produce, but sometimes salads fall flat and lack flavor. Here are 5 steps to making your home grown or... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
Children usually like the taste of lemon, and the extra lemon wedge gives them the option to add a little extra tartness. Click the picture to get the recipe!
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 →
Earth Day is right around the corner on April 22nd! This is a perfect day to bring awareness to our surroundings, respect our Idaho resources, and promote eco-friendly ways of life. Take this opportunity to have environmentally conscious conversations with your kids. Talk about what happens when we consume in excess, how we are helping... Continue Reading →