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


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


Farmers Market Salsa

Ingredients:  ½  Cup Corn ½ Cup Low Sodium Canned Black Beans, drained and rinsed ½ Cup Tomatoes, Diced ¼ Cup Green Onion, Diced ¼ Cup Green Pepper, Washed and Diced ½ Teaspoon Dried Minced Garlic ¼ Cup Picante Sauce ¼ Cup Cilantro, Chopped (optional) Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix … Read More


August – Kids Eat Right Month

The CDC reports that 9 in 10 children do not eat enough vegetables. Do you know how many vegetables your child should be eating each day? Here is a chart from MyPlate.gov that might help: Do you have a hard time getting your child to eat veggies? You are not alone. Some people believe that … Read More


Super Stir Fry

Makes 2 servings Serving Size: 1 cup Ingredients Choose 5 vegetables (½ cup of each) Onion Broccoli Celery Carrots Peppers Mushrooms Squash Zucchini Cauliflower Choose 1 starch (1 cup per person, cooked according to package directions) Brown rice White rice Rice noodles Whole-wheat spaghetti noodles Other Ingredients ¼ cup stir-fry sauce (see recipe below) 1-2 … Read More


July is National Grilling Month

Nothing says “summertime” quite like grilling out! Having a cookout or barbecue in the summer is a great way to connect with your friends and family, play outdoor games, and enjoy each other’s company. While we often think of meat like hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken when we grill, you can also try grilling fruits and … Read More


Olive Oil Lemon Marinade

Ingredients 1/3 cup olive oil Juice of 1 lemon, or 3 Tablespoons of bottled lemon juice 1 teaspoon of thyme, or lemon thyme (if available) Freshly ground pepper to taste. Directions: Combine ingredients in a small container. When brushing on vegetables, swirl the mixture around and brush often to keep the ingredients combined. … Read More


Butterfly Snacks

Fill a re-sealable snack bag with two healthy treats (one on each side). Pinch the middle with a clothespin. You can decorate the clothespin to look like a butterfly with markers and twist ties. Try grapes, cheese cubes, baby carrots, celery, pretzels, oat cereal, dried cranberries, almonds and more! … Read More


Herb Dip

Makes about 1 ½  cups Ingredients: 1 cup cottage cheese, low-fat 4 tablespoons yogurt, low-fat plain (1/4 cup) 1 tablespoon onion (chopped, or chives) 1 teaspoon parsley (dried) 1/4 teaspoon dill (dried) Directions Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend all the ingredients thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a clean container. Cover and chill. … Read More


Grow a Family Garden

Gardening is a great activity to do as a family all year long. Between digging, pulling weeds, raking, and other tasks, gardening is undoubtedly hard physical work! Not only is gardening a great physical activity, but it also allows you to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. Your children having a hand in growing their own … Read More


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