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


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


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


Beets

Beets are tasty and colorful vegetable that can be found in season during the fall in North Carolina. This root vegetable has a sweet taste and contains fiber. Check out these four recipes to include beets in your diet this fall. Chicken Quesadillas with Beet & Green Apple Salsa  Makes 4 servings/Serving size: 1 quesadilla … Read More


Eat Better Together Month

The “Family Dinner Project” is a nonprofit organization at Harvard University. This is a growing movement of “food, fun, and conversations about things that matter.” There has been a lot of research looking at the relationship between regular family meals and the physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come with them. Family meals have been … Read More


Tumbleweed Pasta

Makes 8 Servings Ingredients: 2 cups cooked Rotini noodles 1 cup (8 ounces) salsa 1 can yellow corn, drained and rinsed 1 medium onion, diced ½ green pepper, diced 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Dice green peppers and onions. Drain cans of corn and beans and place … Read More


Mini Meatloaves

Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken 1 ½ cup salsa 1 egg, lightly beaten ¼ cup dry bread crumbs ¼ cup finely chopped onion Dash of black pepper Non-stick cooking spray Directions: Heat oven to 350 F Combine all ingredients, saving half of salsa for topping Divide into 5 equal portions and … Read More


Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash Ingredients: 2 cups sweet potato, chopped2 tbsp olive oil1 cup fresh cranberries (can substitute dried cranberries)½ tsp cinnamon2 tbsp nut butter2 tbsp honey Directions: Wash sweet potatoes and cube. Heat olive oil in sauce pan. Sauté sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Add cranberries, sprinkle in cinnamon and continue sautéing until sweet potatoes are … Read More


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