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Fresh apples…

I love them. Crisp. Crunchy. Juicy. And full of flavor.

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It’s fall and soup’s on

This month’s featured recipe, 3-Can Chili,  is one of my “Go-To” recipes. You know what I mean—the ones that you know by heart, make often, and everyone likes. Plus, you can have this one on the table in about 20 minutes. To lower the cost, I buy canned tomatoes, canned beans, and frozen corn when they are on sale. I use my price book so I know a good price and try never to buy full price.

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Guiltless Pie? Count the Ways

Looking for a super easy, delicious, light, inexpensive dessert?  Just in time for Thanksgiving (and really a dessert you could eat all year long), try our Guiltless Pumpkin Pie.

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Healthy Homemade Gift

Are you searching for a healthy gift for a senior, camper, traveler, college student? Consider Crispy Granola, our featured recipe this month. It’s a good snack or breakfast cereal, and makes a great topping for fruit, yogurt, or  ice cream.

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Kale, the Healthiest Vegetable

My daughter and her husband decided they are going to eat healthier and exercise more.  As part of the plan, she is trying to prepare more of the “30 Top Foods” she found in a magazine article.  One of the foods she wanted to try from the list was kale.  Kale really is a superstar vegetable.  Like other leafy greens (collards and spinach) it is rich in lutein, beta-carotine, Vitamin K and offers just about everything else too (calcium, fiber, folate, iron and Vitamin C).

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Fish Tacos – Why Should You Give Them a Try?

It’s Lent and grocery stores are featuring fish. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines suggest that we eat more seafood. Many restaurants feature great tasting fish tacos, so they make a great way to introduce your family to fish. Our Fish Tacos recipe is quick and easy. The sauce base is ranch dressing, which you may have on hand. The greens are chopped cabbage, which provides more nutrients than lettuce.  Also, you can use various types of fish.

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Feed 50 People for $50!

Need recipes that will feed a crowd (e.g. a club, relatives, or a post-event gathering) for $50 or under?

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Anyday Picnic Salad

April’s featured recipe is one of my favorites.  It’s easy, versatile, and very tasty.  I serve Anyday Picnic Salad on top of romaine as a salad, or on whole wheat bread as a sandwich. You can use apples and grapes as the fruit, or try strawberries, melon or pineapple.  Once when I was out of celery, I used radishes to give it a little crunch.

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Meat and Veggie Mac – SUPER QUICK AND EASY

Everybody is extra busy during May.  It’s the beginning of outdoor sports such as soccer, softball, and baseball.  Spring celebrations abound such as graduations and Mother’s Day, plus it’s time to get the vegetable and flower gardens going.  Whatever the reason, it seems no one wants to be in the kitchen.

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June Featured Recipe-Vegetable Fried Rice

I’m ready for some sunshine and warm weather so I can work and play outside.  This means that meals have to be extra quick and easy.  Vegetable Fried Rice is one of my “Go To” recipes.  It’s super easy, costs about $.70 a serving, very versatile and I almost always have everything I need.

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Time for a Picnic, Try Pita Pockets

This month’s featured recipe is Peanut Butter Pita Pockets.

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2 Great Recipe Websites

When you are looking for an easy, low cost, nutritious recipe, I hope you browse our SpendSmart.Eat Smart recipe site.  If you cannot find what you are looking for consider trying these two sites: foodhero.com and http://www.quickhealthyrecipes.msstate.edu/index.php.  They are both sponsored by other land-grant universities, whose purpose like ISU Extension, is to turn university research into learning opportunities.