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Skip the Afternoon Caffeine—Make this Chocolate Banana Oat Smoothie!

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 […]

Ginger Crusted Fish

Ginger-Crusted Fish over Vinegar Rice

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: […]

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Our Top 5 Blogs on Plant-Based Proteins

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 […]

Happy Valentines

Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

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 […]

Salad Dressing

6 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

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 […]

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Winter Citrus Salad

This recipe comes from Med instead of Meds and is a fabulous salad for citrus lovers! The recipe was created by Chef Ellen Clevenger-Firley and is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh citrus any time of the year, including during its peak season – winter. Serves 4Serving Size: 2 cups (481 grams)Prep Time: 15-20 minutesTotal […]

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Turkey Grain Bowl

After a big holiday meal, a grain bowl is a welcome fresh meal that uses some of the leftovers. There are a lot of possible variations on this so don’t feel like you have to stick to the recipe. Just layer the flavors with what you have on hand. The recipe below makes two bowls. […]

Eggnog

Healthier Eggnog Recipe

Christmas is this Friday! For many families, eggnog is a timeless tradition during the holidays but it comes with a hefty amount of calories (around 180 calories for 4 ounces). For those who crave the flavor on a regular basis try out this recipe for a healthy eggnog smoothie: Recipe from NC EFNEP Ingredients ½ […]

Cinnamon Baked Pears

Cinnamon Baked Pears

A delicious and healthy alternative to fruit pies, these baked pears can be served as dessert, or even eaten with breakfast. This is a favorite of mine at holiday meals when you want something sweet after dinner because they fulfill the sweet tooth craving without being too sugary or too filling. These pears are delicious […]

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Food Gifts in 2020

Our colleagues at the NC Safe Plates team have prepared a Food Gifts Fact Sheet with tips to gift food safely this holiday season! Homemade food gifts are common around the holidays. Many options, such as homemade spicemixes, baking mixes and breads have minimal food safety risks. Items such as home canned ordried foods, infused […]