Taking Control with Portion Sizes This Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching! Gatherings with family and friends are often filled with laughter, games, happy memories…and casseroles and desserts served with a side of guilt.  Portion Control and Overeating We all overeat from time to time, and during the holidays it can feel more difficult to break the habit. Another piece of … 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


Culinary Arts Month – July 2019

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear culinary arts? Perfect looking plates of food, right? The definition is actually a lot simpler than that. The term “culinary arts” is defined as “the practice or manner of preparing food.” To put it simply, it means the act of cooking food rather … Read More


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month – June 2019

Summertime brings back memories of working in my grandma’s garden. We would gather up the fresh green okra, warm red tomatoes, bright yellow squashes, and dark purple eggplant in the morning before the heat of the day and then have the freshest, most flavorful (and colorful) supper that evening. Fruits and vegetables contain the vitamins, … Read More


National Nutrition Month

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Yes, it sure is!  I’ve got the info to get you eating healthy for the month and easily continue through the year.  I know you thought 31 days would be a breeze, but 365 days of nutritional intake can take your health to a new level. … Read More


Storage of Fruits and Vegetables

With all the different fruits and vegetables available at the grocery store and Farmers Market, it’s hard to know exactly how to store all of them. Here’s a quick reference guide for storing your fresh fruits and vegetables:   Fruits and vegetables that should be stored in the refrigerator (at 40°F or below) include apples … Read More


Fresh-Made Salsa

Makes 2 cups Ingredients ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice, or juice from half a lime 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved or 1 ½ cups chopped fresh tomatoes ½ teaspoon cumin Directions Rinse and cut onion, pepper, cilantro, … Read More


Farmers Market Week!

Farmers Markets provide a casual atmosphere to meet farmers, ask them questions about their products, and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh, canned, and frozen produce can all be great choices when it comes to eating more fruits and vegetables, but fresh produce that’s in-season may be cheaper and taste better than its canned or … Read More


Colorful Potato Salad

Ingredients Non-stick cooking spray 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed 1 large baking potato, peeled and cubed 1/4 cup olive oil 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup vinegar 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Directions Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Put … Read More


Chunky Chili

Ingredients 1/2 pound ground meat (optional) 1 onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 can (10.5 oz.) white beans 1 can (10.5 oz.) red beans 1 can (10.5 oz.) black beans 1 can (10.5 oz.) low-sodium diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 … Read More


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