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Bean & Butternut Squash Chili

It is not officially Fall and the warm temperatures in North Carolina are a reminder of this fact. However, I’ve decided to manifest Fall all the same, which I am mostly blaming on the seasonal Fall items at Trader Joe’s. I have already seen butternut squash more prominently displayed in the grocery stores and thought […]

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In-Season Produce to Add to Your Shopping List this Summer

With summer approaching, I am looking forward to longer days, better weather, and seasonal summer fruits and vegetables. Choosing in-season fruits and vegetables is a great way to add variety to your diet and is also a more budget-friendly option than choosing out-of-season produce. While some fruits and vegetables are grown year-round, others are seasonal. […]

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Strawberry and Tahini Smoothie

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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Freeze Bananas

As I have mentioned in a previous blog, reducing my household food waste is one of my 2021 goals. Not all food that is wasted can be saved or eaten, but a lot of food waste can be prevented, especially at home. Growing up—and even still now—my mom always had a tip for freezing food […]

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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 […]

Roasted Delicata Squash

DELicata Squash is DELicious

Move over butternut and acorn squash. Now for something…more delicate?  Delicata squash is a winter squash also referred to as “sweet potato squash”.  It has a creamy texture, sweet flavor, and roasts beautifully in the oven. We recently tried delicata squash as a side dish with salmon and it was DELicious!  As the name implies, the skin […]

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Easy Acorn Squash Breakfast or Dinner: Egg-in-the-hole

This recipe is a go-to when I have an acorn squash and am looking for something easy to put together. It is filling and delicious! I generally make it for dinner but it would be great for a weekend breakfast too. If this is the only thing I made, I’ll eat two eggs-in-holes, but generally, […]

Dinner in a Flash: 6 Steps to Make a Sheet Pan Meal

Sheet pan meals are one of our team’s go-to weeknight dinners. They are called sheet pan meals because the whole meal is made on the same pan at the same time – talk about easy! Sheet pan meals can be made up of a combination of vegetables and meat. This is not a traditional recipe, […]

Children Eating Healthy in NC

Convincing young children to try and eat fresh fruits and vegetables can be challenging. However, Kiddie Academy, a child care center in New Hanover County, has found a way to get its children and staff to not only try a variety of fruits and vegetables, but to expect and demand them at the breakfast and lunch […]