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Food & Recipes
You can’t make every meal from scratch—and that’s okay. With a hectic family schedule and little time for gourmet dishes, here are seven time-saving tips that will make mealtime easier. 1. Start with time-saving kitchen tools. Avoid kitchen clutter and speed up your cooking with must-have food prep tools: Salad spinner Microplane grater/zester Two good knives Mini food processor Strainer 2. Bulk grains. The next time you plan to serve a whole grain, make two to three times as much as you would for one meal. Let cool fully and portion out meal-size amounts; freeze in freezer-safe containers or bags. On the day you plan to serve, remove [...]
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Food & Recipes
A big thank you to Julie Harrington, Culinary Nutrition Programs Coordinator of Living Plate for hosting our Healthier Thanksgiving Sides Cooking Demonstration in Chester. The recipes were delicious and filled with tons of plant-based nutrient ingredients.   Weren't able to attend? You're in luck! We have the recipes for you right in time for Thanksgiving:  Fall Wild Rice Salad:  INGREDIENTS: ​ 1 cup wild rice, cooked 1½ cups green grapes, halved 2 cups roasted sweet potatoes, cubed 2½ cups arugula 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped ¼ cup olive oil (or grapeseed) 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp maple syrup Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup: INGREDIENTS: 1 butternut squash, (about [...]
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Education
Having more than one mouth to feed can be a conundrum. He likes this, she won’t eat that, and those two can’t eat something or other… It’s what makes feeding the whole family so difficult: we are all different. It’s not only our age, hormones, our taste buds or our allergies. It’s also the simple everyday things like energy expenditure, quality of sleep and response to stress. All of these differences affect our food choices and our needs. But the list doesn’t end there. Toss in family schedules, diet fads, peer pressure, medicines, the almighty science of food processing, [...]
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News
Did you know...?  Numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic, and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family. Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories.' Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits, and less risky behavior. However, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. Why is this? Yes, juggling jobs, kids, and the demands of [...]
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Education, Nutrition
We had such a great time with registered dietitian Sari Greaves, author of Cooking Well Healthy Kids: Easy Meals for Happy Toddlers at our class Saturday. She gave us key tips to build a balanced diet and showed us how to prepare two of the delicious recipes from her book.  Weren't able to attend? You're in luck--we've got the recipes we made together and key points from the presentation below:     Healthy Eating Tips for Parents: Make sure half your plate is comprised of fruits and vegetables. Focus on whole fruits. Vary your veggies--eat the rainbow! Make sure half of your grains are whole grains. Choose low-fat [...]

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