Creamy White Bean Pasta

A simple can of cannellini or white beans stars in this hearty winter pasta dish. The pasta water gives this dish a creamy and comforting consistency without adding any heavy cream products. The addition of spinach rounds out this dish with a pop of color and extra nutrients.  Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yob7zbVzoFM Serves 4 … Read More


Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

For good reason, this classic Irish holiday casserole has survived the test of time. In this adaptation, seasonal North Carolina sweet potatoes provide sweetness and depth, while the ground turkey — cooked with traditional peas and carrots — makes this a complete one pot meal, worthy of all the festivities! Serves 4 Ingredients: -2 tablespoons … Read More


EFNEP’s Twenty Dollar Thanksgiving Guide

We are watching our wallets more than ever this year. However, a leaner budget doesn’t mean that the holiday season should be any less festive. In these trimmed-down recipes, we’ve outlined simple ways to have a memorable meal that hits on all the right traditional notes, without breaking the bank. Serves 4 Herbed Baked Turkey … Read More


Beef & Double Broccoli

A classic Asian take-out favorite gets a healthier facelift by adding a heavy hand of broccoli cooked-two-ways.   Serves 4 Ingredients  -4 cups broccoli, separated and stems intact -1 lemon (or 3 Tbsp lemon juice) -1 cup brown rice, uncooked  -2 cups water -2 Tbsp vegetable oil -1 lb lean ground beef  -5 cloves garlic, smashed … Read More


Creamy Coconut Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Serves 4 This light and bright flavorful recipe is a riff on a classic favorite. It comes together quickly and is ahealthy choice for a hearty, warm-weather dinner. INGREDIENTS: – 2 slices whole-wheat bread, hand torn into small pieces – 1 large egg, slightly beaten – 1 lb ground turkey – 1 ½ tsp salt … Read More


Summer Squash Ratatouille

Simple summer produce is simmered in an easy classical French dish, that is big on flavor and low on effort.Serves 4-6 Ingredients-2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil-1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped-5 cloves of garlic, crushed-1 medium eggplant, large diced-2 zucchini squash, large diced-2 yellow squash, large diced-5 or 6 fresh tomatoes (or one 28oz can)-Hearty … Read More


Breakfast & Dinner Bowl Recipes

Mediterranean Bulgur Bowl with Chicken Serves 6 Ingredients:  1 cup bulgur  1 cup diced cucumber (1 small-to-medium)  1 cup diced tomato (2 large or 1 cup cherry tomatoes)  1 teaspoon salt, divided  1 tsp. black pepper, divided  3 medium bunches curly parsley (about 11/2 – 2 cups chopped)  ⅓ cup chopped fresh mint (optional)  … Read More


Sweet Potato & Kale Recipes

Kale & White Bean Soup Serves 4 INGREDIENTS -3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil -1 large yellow onion, diced -4 stalks celery, diced -2 large carrots, chopped -6 cloves garlic, chopped -8 cups water -2 (15 ounce) cans white beans (cannelloni), drained -Juice and zest of 1 lemon -2 bunches fresh kale, ribs and stems … Read More


Have Yourself a Food Safe Holiday

Happy Holidays! Whether you’re the head chef at your holiday gatherings or bringing a casserole to share, food safety is always the most important job in creating a holiday meal. Eating food that’s not cooked or refrigerated correctly could make you and your guests sick. Nobody wants to miss out on the fun because of … Read More


Bean & Butternut Squash Chili

Chili is a classic meal as the weather starts to cool down. This time of year butternut squash is in season. Add squash to chili for a hearty and healthy dish this fall! Red Bean & Butternut Squash Chili  INGREDIENTS Non-stick cooking spray  2 cups diced butternut squash (about ½ of a medium squash) 1 … Read More


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