Fifteen Minute Bean Soup

Fifteen Minute Bean Soup Makes 8, One Cup Servings Ingredients:  1 can low-sodium tomatoes, diced 1 can low-sodium great northern beans, rinsed and drained 1 small onion, diced 1 can low sodium chicken broth (or 2 cups of water and one bouillon cube) 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 10 ounce package frozen spinach ½ cup … Read More


Chicken Pitas

Makes 2 servings Serving Size: 1/2 pita Ingredients 1/2 cup spinach leaves, washed 1/2 cup seedless grapes, each grape cut in half 1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken breast, cold 1/4 cup shredded slaw mix–can use shredded carrots and green and red cabbage in place of slaw mix 1 tablespoon green onion, sliced 2 tablespoons fat-free … Read More


Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap

Makes 6 servings Serving Size: 6 wraps Ingredients 1/4 cup light mayonnaise 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional) 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 1 bag broccoli slaw mix 1/4 cup canned crushed pineapple, in 100% juice, drained 1 cup … Read More


Are canned fruits and vegetables healthy?

My husband, who grew up in rural North Carolina spent many of his summers with his grandfather. He saw acres of farmland with fresh vegetables including cabbages, collards, green beans, okra, field peas, squash, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupes, Muscadine grapes, peaches, etc. He and his grandfather would get up early in the mornings to … Read More


Try a pita pocket sandwich

Sandwiches are a common staple food on a lunchbox menu for children, but I’ve noticed sandwiches have gotten a reputation as being boring or bland because children get tired of eating the same old sandwich for lunch every day. Sure, spreading some peanut butter and jelly on bread or just slapping on a few cold … Read More


NC EFNEP's Peach Pointers

North Carolina peaches are a great summertime fruit.  They are most abundant and least expensive June through September. Learn how to select, store, and prepare them in this short video.https://youtu.be/_37xcn1ImSMFor the recipes featured in the video, check the links below: Peach Salsa: http://www.great-salsa.com/peachsalsarecipes.html Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Peach Marinade: http://www.food.com/recipe/grilled-chicken-with-balsamic-peach-marinade-133801 Spinach Salad with Peaches and … Read More


National Osteoporosis Month

May is National Osteoporosis month. Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones. Risk factors include smoking, age, being a female, early menopause, and not getting enough calcium or Vitamin D. To make sure that you are getting enough of these nutrients, consume a well-balanced diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy products … Read More


Strawberry Season

My family can’t eat enough strawberries at this time of year! They are a good value at the farmers markets and grocery stores. Be careful to only purchase what you will use within a couple of days, to avoid having the strawberries get moldy and go bad. If you plan to buy strawberries in bulk, … Read More


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