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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… Continue reading »

What is better on a chilly winter day than a nice hearty bowl of soup? Butternut squash is a great winter vegetable that can be used in a variety of ways, including this super easy and healthy soup made right in the crockpot.  It is really as easy as chopping everything up and throwing it… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

December 8th is National Brownie Day in the United States. To celebrate, I want to share with you a recipe that gives a new twist on the classic chocolate brownie: the black bean brownie. I know you are probably skeptical of beans in your brownies, but hear me out on this one. These brownies do… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

This is a non-recipe recipe. I like using flatbread or lavash for this sandwich so there is not too much bread. It consists of leftover turkey, shredded lettuce (Romaine is good), and some cranberry sauce. Try the cranberry relish recipe here. It makes a really good sandwich component. You can add Dijon mustard if you… Continue reading »

After the big Thanksgiving meal, a grain bowl is a welcome fresh meal that uses some of the leftover turkey. 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… Continue reading »

Leftover turkey is great to add to soup. This simple, delicious soup also uses leftover rice that you may have. If you don’t have rice, you can add noodles. The size of the carrots and celery is up to you. However, I like chopping them rather small (1/4 inch). Since the soup is not pureed,… Continue reading »

Recipe from NC EFNEP Ingredients Non-stick cooking spray 1/2 cup flour• 1 cup dry oats 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup butter 1 cup shredded carrots 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 package cream cheese (about 4 ounces) Directions Preheat oven 350°F.  Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Mix together… Continue reading »

This is a simple and delicious soup that uses canned pumpkin. It has a nice amount of heat and interesting flavor thanks to the lime juice topping and the Thai red curry paste. I prefer to blend the soup so you don’t have whole pieces of onion but that is optional. I also prefer to… Continue reading »