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This salad is actually a main dish with whole grain, vegetables, beans, and nuts. It keeps for several days and actually is better after a day or so. Exact proportions are not critical so don’t worry if you have more tomatoes or less cucumber. You can even add other vegetables such as peas, carrots, or celery. The grain you use is flexible. Spelt, freekeh, cracked wheat, or brown rice all work well. This recipe uses canned beans which makes it… Continue reading »

This month, my family is embarking on a 9-day road trip across the Southeast. Part of our trip planning includes thinking about healthy snack options. Many of our meals will be take-out or on the road. Days of driving long hours and eating out can really take a toll on your body and make you feel sluggish. I want to make sure I have healthy snacks on hand as well as an on-the-go breakfast option.  Several of the items we… Continue reading »

Khichdi is a very popular dish from the Indian subcontinent and has many variations depending upon the different regions of India. The common theme is that it is made from a mix of rice and lentils – it is like a savory porridge that is served hot. It is usually one of the first solid foods given to babies and is quite nutritious because it combines a grain and lentil in one dish. Traditionally, khichdi is made in a pressure… Continue reading »

I kept hearing about this fabulous recipe for Baked Feta Pasta that went viral on TikTok that I had to check out. The pictures looked delicious! During my search, I found a few different versions of this original recipe. The one that I reviewed was from Delish and can be viewed here. Nutrient Analysis – Original Recipe (4 servings per recipe) 690 calories 41g total fat 12g saturated fat 530g sodium 2g dietary fiber 19g protein Of course, the dish is delicious!  How… Continue reading »

In a previous blog for a Chocolate Banana Oat Smoothie, I mentioned that I am working on consuming more fruit. Fruit-based smoothies with no added sugars are a way that works for me to enjoy more fruit on a daily basis. Do you have leftover tahini in your refrigerator from making hummus or a salad dressing and find yourself wondering how you can use the rest? Well, I have a suggestion! The ingredients in this recipe can be varied according… Continue reading »

One of the strategies that I have been using to consume more fruits and satisfy my sweets craving is to make smoothies. Working remotely means that I have more access to my kitchen appliances, which has been helpful. This chocolate banana oat smoothie has been one of my go-to snacks in the late afternoon. Skip the afternoon caffeine by standing up to do some stretches and making this smoothie. This recipe does require some planning if you decide to soak… Continue reading »

This flavor-packed recipe is an easy way to add more fish into your diet. Round out your meal by adding a salad or your favorite vegetable side. Serves: 4 Serving size: 1 piece of fish, ¼ of rice mixture Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on rice Total Time: 35 minutes, or longer depending on rice Ingredients 1 ½ cups uncooked short grain brown rice or brown sushi rice 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1… Continue reading »

Several of our team members are vegetarians or married to one so we are always looking for ways to get creative with plant-based proteins. In honor of National Protein Day on February 27th, here are the top 5 blogs we have written on plant-based proteins. 5. Quick Weeknight Dinner Recipe: Kale and White Bean Pasta 4. Lentils with Curry Vinaigrette 3. The Basics and How-To of Vegetarianism 2. What to Make with Canned Beans 1. Top 10 Vegetarian Sources of… Continue reading »

Treat your significant other or loved one to a special dinner by securing a dinner reservation at this year’s hottest new restaurant—your own kitchen. Last February, our colleagues at Homegrown filmed a cooking demonstration for a heart healthy Valentine’s Day dinner. Watch and learn as Carolyn Dunn, NC State Extension nutrition specialist, guides you through a simple but sumptuous three-course dinner that any non-cook can prepare. Start with a spring mix salad with balsamic vinaigrette followed by a basil, shrimp and tomato pasta… Continue reading »

Part of Eating the Med Way includes choosing olive oil and using herbs and spices. You can use olive oil for cooking, dressings, and marinades. Using herbs and spices in your cooking is a great way to add flavor without adding a lot of salt. Below are 6 delicious salad dressing recipes that are great for traditional salads or using on roasted vegetables. When I meal prep or need an easy side dish, I like to roast a sheet pan full… Continue reading »