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Peach Buckle

Makes 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 muffin


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 5-6 very ripe peaches
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 375 ̊F. Spray unlined muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. Peel, slice, and chop peaches. Reserve all juice from peaches.
3. In a small cup or bowl, whisk cornstarch into peach juice until thoroughly combined with no lumps. Pour juice mixture over peaches and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes.
4. Divide fruit and juice mixture among muffin cups.
5. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients with a whisk or fork.
6. Add egg to dry ingredients and mix with a fork until mixture forms into large crumbles.
7. Spoon crumble mixture over peaches.
8. Drizzle melted butter evenly over crumble of each muffin (about 1 teaspoon) 9. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and top is brown.

Recipe contributed by Rhonda Church, NC EFNEP Educator

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 103 Calories, Total Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 2g, Protein 2g, Total Carbohydrate 15g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sodium 160mg. Excellent source of vitamin A.

Chicken Cutlet with Cucumber and Greens

Chicken cutlet is a year-round favorite and a simple way to get more bang for your buck. One boneless skinless chicken breast makes for two hefty cutlets when pounded thin. The surprising addition of crackers goes the distance by adding both crunch and flavor. When paired with a simple summer salad – one full of fresh cucumbers – this meal is sure to be on the summer-time menu plan. 

Serves 4


  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 10 whole-wheat ritz crackers or saltines, pounded to crumbs
  • 1  teaspoon salt, divided 
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided 
  • 1 egg, beaten 
  • 1 lemon, zested, then juiced 
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast 
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 bag mixed greens (about 5 ounces) 
  • 1 cucumber


1. On a plate or shallow bowl combine the flour, half the salt, and half the pepper. Mix to combine.  

2. One a separate plate, add the egg, and zest from one lemon. Mix until fairly beaten, without any streaks of white. 

3. On a third plate, add the crushed crackers. (This is a three-step breading station.)

4. Slice the chicken breast in half horizontally and season with salt and pepper. 

5.  Cover with an ample layer of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin or the back of the sauté pan (that will be used for pan-searing the chicken breast) pound the chicken until it looks like it has doubled in size, but not thickness. Repeat this process for the other half of the chicken breast. Place them on a cutting board

6.  Place a large skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil. 

7. Dredge one piece of the chicken in the flour, then egg, then crackers and place into the skillet. Repeat for the other chicken breast. Wash hands throughly after handling raw chicken.

8. Cook the chicken in a single layer, so that neither breast is touching. Cook for 5 minutes per side, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚ F. Once cooked, transfer the chicken onto a paper towel lined plate. 

9. Cut the cucumber and add it to a large bowl. For added appeal, peel the cucumber alternately then cut it in half half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and then cut horizontally into crescent shapes.

10. Add the remaining salt, pepper, oil, and lemon juice and toss to combine. 

11. Add the mixed greens to the bowl and toss to combine. Serve next to the chicken cutlets. 

Cooking with Kids

Getting kids into the kitchen is an important way to help them learn about healthy foods, meal preparation, and food safety. Having your children help with meals when they are young will prepare them to choose and cook healthy foods for themselves when they are older. Cooking together is also a great way to get more time with your kids!

father and daughter washing hands

When cooking with kids, remember that they may need more instructions since they have less experience. It’s especially important to remind them to practice food safety, like washing their hands after touching raw foods, keeping different food groups separate, and cooking meats to the correct temperature

An easy way to do this is to include food safety instructions in your recipe. On written recipes, make notes that remind you to wash your hands, sanitize your knife and cutting board after they touch raw foods, and note the correct cooking temperature for the food used in the recipe. If you are giving your child verbal instructions, make these steps part of the process instead of just telling them before starting. 

You may also need to remind kids to clean their cooking space as they go. This includes throwing away fruit and vegetable peels and turning the heat down if things are cooking too  quickly. Kids, especially young children, don’t always notice the same things as adults!

If your child is not a big fan of cooking, try some of these fun ideas to keep them interested and engaged:

  • Make it a competition. If you have multiple children close to the same age, have them each make the same recipe and compare the results. Or, have the kids team up and compete against you. 
  • Let them be creative. Challenge your kids to do something surprising with the dish, like add food coloring or include a different seasoning. Kids are full of ideas and learn by trying, so let them get a little funky (with supervision, of course!)
  • Give age-appropriate tasks. When kids help you in the kitchen, give them something interesting to do. Older kids can chop, peel, wash, and cook. Younger kids can stir, pour, measure, and mix. You can also ask elementary-age kids to read you the recipe. This lets them practice reading and helps them learn measurements.
  • Choose a theme. Have older kids plan and cook a meal to fit a theme they choose. They could go with a favorite TV show, animal, color, or even a pop star or viral trend!

However you choose to involve your kids in cooking, the important part is that they are involved! Teaching your children how to navigate the kitchen and prepare food safely is a valuable lesson. With time, practice, and supervision, they will learn to be great chefs and helpers. Happy Culinary Arts Month!

-Bethany Helm, Student Employee

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Cool Cucumber Coleslaw

Makes 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled
  • 5 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt, vanilla
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/8 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Ingredients for Coleslaw

  • 4 cups cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 1⁄2 cups seedless grapes, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup carrots, coarsely shredded
  • 6 ounces walnuts, chopped


1. Cut cucumber lengthwise. Remove seeds.

2. In a medium size bowl, coarsely grate cucumber.

3. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt to cucumber and place on plastic wrap, over- lapping plastic to firmly secure. Set aside on colander for 15-20 minutes.

4. In a small bowl, mix remaining Tzatziki Sauce ingredients. Cover with a lid and allow to chill in the refrigerator while preparing coleslaw.

5. In a large bowl, mix all Coleslaw ingredients.

6. Gently wring plastic wrap from one end to the other and squeeze and discard juice from grated cucumber.

7. Stir cucumber into chilled yogurt mix.

8. Combine Tzatziki Sauce with Coleslaw and mix thoroughly.

9. Serve immediately or cover and chill to serve later.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

300 Calories, Total Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 2g, Protein 10g, Total Carbohydrate 24g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sodium 377mg. Excellent source of vitamins A and C. Good source of calcium and iron.

Recipe contributed by Lethia Lee and Ahira Sanchez, Former NC EFNEP Educators

Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

Have you seen Rotisserie chicken on sale at your local grocery store lately? Don’t pass up on this deal! 

Here are some healthy recipes that can be prepared with a pre-cooked chicken. You can also easily shred a precooked chicken and throw it into other soups, salads, casseroles, and stir frys.

Chicken and Fruit Salad

Chicken and Bean Burrito

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken and Broccoli Quiche

Chicken Pitas

Chicken Quesadillas   

Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap

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