Faithful Families facilitators will learn how to adapt and modify Faithful Families recipes for different tastes and audiences, in addition to learning about new resources and recipes from the MED instead of Meds program. This webinar will be presented by Zandra Alford, MPH, Extension Associate, Foods and Nutrition at the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University and Lorelei Jones, MEd, Extension Associate, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Coordinator with North Carolina State University.
April 8, 2016
by Hannah Field
Today is National Empanada Day! Empanadas are widely found in Central and South America. They are pockets of dough stuffed with meats, veggies, beans, cheeses, and sometimes eggs and raisins! You can even make dessert empanadas with a variety of fillings. The name comes from the Spanish verb “empanar,” meaning “to wrap or coat in bread.”
I never thought I liked beets as a kid, but when I got a bit older I tried them again and they became a favorite vegetable. Beets do take about an hour to roast, so consider making them on the weekend for meal prep ahead, or on a weeknight you have a bit more time. You could buy them at the farmer’s market or grocery store, roast them, chop them up, and use them in recipes all week long! I absolutely love using one ingredient multiple times, especially when it is something as filling and delicious as beets.
This recipe would make an excellent side to a variety of main dishes. Enjoy!
December 2, 2015
by Hannah Field
Going meatless can be a great option for you and your family. However frequently you choose to do it – all the time or just occasionally, and for whatever reason – religious, budgetary, or otherwise, there are many benefits. At the family level, a meatless meal is often cost-effective and can help you eat more veggies and legumes. On a larger scale, it can save energy because of the land and feed required to raise animals.
November 24, 2015
by Hannah Field
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a day to be intentional about practicing thankfulness AND to cook and share a meal with the people I love the most. When it comes to the meal, my family appreciates tradition, and there are dishes we make sure to have every year. But I have come to love it when family members bring new dishes to Thanksgiving, too. It has helped me try new foods and learn various cooking techniques.
August 12, 2015
Note: This was originally posted by the North Carolina Expanded Food and Nutrition Program here.
Sandwiches are a common staple food on a lunchbox menu for children, but I’ve noticed sandwiches have gotten a reputation as being boring or bland because children get tired of eating the same old sandwich for lunch every day. Sure, spreading some peanut butter and jelly on bread or just slapping on a few cold cuts makes for a tasty and easy meal, but eating that every day can make sandwiches less appealing. Get creative with new sandwich recipes and combinations to make lunch a meal that your child (and you) will look forward to!
by Maryam Funmilayo
January 7, 2015
The very first time I got to know of persimmons was last year summer. A friend from Texas came to visit and brought some persimmon fruits from her home garden. Since then, I have become hooked on persimmons.
By Maryam Funmilayo
December 11, 2014
When it comes to desserts, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is that desserts are not so healthy. This is because many desserts are known to have too much sugar. However, the good news is that not all desserts are unhealthy. As a matter of fact, there are many ways to tweak a sugar-loaded dessert into a very healthy one if you have the right ingredients and use less sugar or sugary items.
November 10, 2014
by Madison Fehling
The 9th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge is here! In preparation for the Holiday Challenge, we conducted a Taste Test to try all of the healthy recipes you will find in the newsletters. Boy oh boy are there some good ones this year!
November 3, 2014
by Annie Hardison-Moody
Originally posted at Voices into Action.
Some of the researchers on the Voices into Action project recently wrote an article about family meals (you can read a little more about it here), in which they talk about the issues families face as they try to get dinner on the table. Many of these issues are structural, like low wages, gender inequality, and under or un-employment. As moms in our project have told us, these struggles are real, and families are finding it increasingly hard to shop for and prepare meals each day.