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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This post written by University of Illinois Dietetic Intern, Patricia Wolf.

Cooking a whole chicken feeds your family and saves you money.

Most recipes call for boneless skinless chicken breast, but it can be very expensive. If you buy the whole chicken instead, you can save up to $2.00 per pound. These savings are not just for one meal. With just a few extra steps, your family can enjoy just one chicken in three different and tasty ways.

Meal 1: Roasted Chicken

Monday, December 18, 2017

This article written by University of Illinois dietetic intern, Carli Liguori.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

You cannot ignore it – pumpkins are everywhere. From pies, to coffee, and even bagels, it is hard to avoid. However, pumpkin is a versatile ingredient that does not always have to mean desserts and sugar. Our Sweet Pumpkin Sandwiches, a cousin to the more familiar Sloppy Joe, shows that pumpkin can shine as part of the main course, too.

Choosing & Storing Pumpkin: Look for pumpkins without cuts and soft spots, and that are firm and heavy for their size. You can store pumpkins in a cool, dark place for up to two months.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

One of our staff members shares this great story. Getting families together in the kitchen to prepare healthy meals can truly make a difference in eating habits and health!



"A child in my class at the local elementary school told me she asked her Mom to buy the ingredients to make a White Chili recipe that I shared a few weeks ago. She, her mom, and her dad all made the recipe together. It's now one of their favorites!"

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Seeing pints of strawberries is a welcome sight at farmers' markets! When they are in season, strawberries tend to be easier to find, taste sweeter, and cost less than what we pay during the winter.

Eating strawberries fresh as a snack is a great way to enjoy this sweet fruit. They also work great in easy recipes, like our Breakfast Parfait.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We love the month of May! Not only are the temperatures getting warmer, but you're in for a treat at the local markets! Many local farmers' markets in Illinois are opening up this month if they take a winter break. There will be more and more variety for you to choose from as the month goes on.



What's in Season for May?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May's five ingredients or less recipe is a super versatile side dish that you will love! Enjoy it with your favorite sandwich, serve it at a BBQ, and bring it from home as part of your lunch. We love how the different flavors mix together for a savory dish that is perfect for Spring.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Did you know? April is National Garden Month!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I recall getting small boxes of animal crackers as a treat as a child. I would be so excited to find some of my favorite animals inside - lions, giraffes, and horses! It sure helped that they were delicious, too.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Though zucchini is officially classified as a summer squash, it is easy to find at the store all year long. Zucchini is a versatile vegetable and tastes great sautéed, baked into a casserole, added to soups, dipped raw into dip or added to top of a salad. And the extra bonus: zucchini's flowers (aka squash blossoms) are also edible! Our recipe below is a fun way to feature this vegetable and is a great one to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

Zucchini Nutrition: Zucchini is fat and sodium (salt) free, low in calories, and high in vitamin C.

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