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Chicken Fajitas

September 10th, 2014

chicken fajitas meals dinnerMexican-inspired dishes are a great way to combine foods from many of the food groups. This recipe includes foods from the grain, dairy, protein, and vegetable groups! Serves 6

Ingredients:
• 1 pound boneless, skinless
chicken breast*
• 2 teaspoons chili powder
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 1½ tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
• 6 whole-wheat tortillas, 8-inch
(or corn tortillas)

Optional Toppings:
• 6 ounces low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 cup chopped tomato
• Cilantro, chopped
• Jalapeno, sliced

Directions:
1. Freeze chicken 30 minutes until firm and easier to cut. Cut chicken into 1/4-inch strips. Place in a single layer on a plate. Sprinkle both sides of strips with chili and garlic powder.
2. Add oil to a 12-inch skillet. Heat to medium high. Add chicken strips. Cook about 3–5 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Add bell peppers and onion. Stir and cook until vegetables are tender and chicken is no longer pink. (Heat chicken to an internal temperature of at least 165°F.)
4. Scoop chicken mixture (2/3 cup each) onto tortillas. Top with your favorite toppings.
5. Serve flat or rolled.

*Can replace chicken with 1 can (15 ounces) black beans (drained, rinsed), beef, or pork.
Nutrition Information per Serving: 290 calories, 9g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 50mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, 21g protein.

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Infused Water

July 9th, 2014

fruit water strawberry lemon drinksMake drinking water more fun by flavoring it with fruits, vegetables, or herbs.

Cucumber and Mint Cooler
Ingredients

  • 6 cups chilled water
  • 12 thin slices cucumber
  • Few sprigs of mint

Directions
In a 2 to 2½ quart pitcher, combine water, cucumber, and mint. Chill for 30 minutes. Add ice cubes just before serving.

Strawberry and Mint Cooler
Ingredients

  • 18 strawberries (medium size) sliced thin
  • 8 sprigs of mint
  • 1 quart water and ice

Directions
In a 2 to 2½ quart pitcher, combine water, ice, strawberries, and mint. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

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Fruit Kabobs and Yogurt Dip

June 11th, 2014

fruit kabobsServes: 6 (Serving size: 1 toothpick )
Ingredients:
• 2 small fruits of your choice (apple, pear, banana, kiwi, grapes)
• 1 8-ounce can chunk pineapple
• 1 6- or 8-ounce container fruit yogurt
• 1 to 2 tablespoons low-fat
whipped topping
Directions:
1. Wash fruit with cold running water.
2. Drain pineapple juice into a bowl.
3. Cut fruit in wedges or chunks. Dip fruit that turns dark (such as apples and bananas) in the pineapple juice.
4. Thread fruit on skewers or
toothpicks. Arrange on a platter.
5. Stir together the yogurt and whipped topping. Pour into a bowl for dipping.
Nutrient information per serving
60 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 13 g total carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 2 g protein

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Salad in a Bag

May 14th, 2014

salad in a bagServes: Variable
(Serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Ingredients
• 1 cup salad greens per person (romaine, spinach, arugula, etc.)
• 1/2 cup vegetables per person such as: broccoli, black beans, shredded carrot, peas, cabbage, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes
• 1-2 tablespoons salad dressing per person

Directions
1. Use a one-gallon sized zip-lock bag for a family sized salad or a one-quart sized bag for individual salads.
2. Place 1 cup salad greens per person in the gallon bag or 1 cup in each quart bag.
3. For individual salads in quart bags, add 1/2 cup veggies to each bag. For a family sized salad in gallon bag, add 1/2 cup veggies
per person.
4. Add salad dressing.
5. Zip bag shut and shake to distribute the dressing over all the ingredients.

See more recipes at SpendSmart EatSmart: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/

Nutrient information per serving
160 calories, 10 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 15 g total carbohydrate (6 g sugar), 5 g fiber,
4 g protein

Note: Recipe analyzed using romaine lettuce, black beans, carrots, peas, tomatoes, and French salad dressing.

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Scrambled Egg Muffins

April 16th, 2014

ScrambledEggMuffinsServes: 6 (Serving size: 1 muffin)

Ingredients
• 2 cups washed vegetables, diced (e.g. broccoli, peppers, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, or spinach)
• 6 eggs
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 cup low fat cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray.
2. Add chopped veggies to the muffin tin.
3. Beat eggs in a bowl. Stir in salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
4. Pour eggs into the muffin tin and bake 20-25 minutes. To add cheese, remove the tin from the oven during the last 3 minutes of baking. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the muffins and return the tin to the oven.
5. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 160°F or a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Meal Idea: Serve extras in tortillas or with a green salad and roll.

Nutritional information per serving
100 calories, 6 g total fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 215 mg cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 9 g protein

Source: Spend Smart Eat Smart http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/

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Quick Pad Thai

March 12th, 2014

Serves: 6 (Serving size: 1 1/4 cup)quick pad thai 2

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces thin, whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 24 ounces frozen vegetable mix
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts

Directions

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain in colander and toss with 1 tablespoon oil.
  2. Defrost vegetables in microwave for 5 minutes and drain well (as spaghetti cooks).
  3. Combine soy sauce, water, peanut butter, and sugar in a small bowl. Stir until
  4. smooth and set aside.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken pieces
  6. and cook and stir until no longer pink
  7. (heat chicken to at least 165 degrees F).
  8. Crack eggs into a small bowl and beat.
  9. Add to pan with chicken and scramble
  10. until firm. Add the vegetables and
  11. spaghetti to the pan with the chicken mixture. Stir to heat through.
  12. Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan and stir to coat veggies and spaghetti.
  13. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle peanuts on top.

Nutrient information per serving
420 calories, 8 g total fat (3 g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 450 mg
sodium, 45g total carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 24 g protein

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Hurry-Up Baked Apples

December 5th, 2012

Serves: 4hurry-up apple recipe
Serving Size: 1 apple half
Per Serving: $.45

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-size tart apples (Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cortland, Jonathan, Fuji)
  • 1 teaspoon white or brown packed sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons (total) raisins, sweetened dried cranberries, chopped walnuts or other nuts
  • 1 (6-ounce) container lowfat vanilla yogurt

Directions:

  1. Cut apples in half lengthwise. Use spoon to remove cores and hollow out a space 1 inch or more deep.  Arrange apple halves, cut sides up, in microwavable dish.  Cut thin slices off bottoms to keep from tipping.
  2. Combine sugar, cinnamon, oatmeal, raisins, and nuts.  Fill each apple half.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap. Fold back one edge ¼ inch to vent steam.
  4. Microwave 3 to 3 ½ minutes, or until apples can be cut easily. Take from microwave. Let sit a few minutes.
  5. Spoon yogurt over the top.

Cooking Tips:

  • Great as a dessert, snack, or for breakfast.
  • Storage tip for raw apples: They keep best in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

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Guiltless Pumpkin Pie

November 13th, 2012

Serves: 8
Serving size: 1 slice

Ingredientsguiltless pumpkin pie

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or 3/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 5-ounce can fat free evaporated milk
  • Optional: Lowfat whipped topping and ground cinnamon.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or spray a 9-inch pie plate; set aside.
  2. Place eggs in large bowl, beat with a fork or whisk. Add sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Stir in pumpkin and evaporated milk. Pour into prepared pie plate.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes – or until center is set.
  5. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving time. If desired, add a spoonful of lowfat whpped topping to each serving and sprinkle with additional ground cinnamon.

Guiltless?  Count the Ways

  • No crust means fewer calories
  • Fat free mik save calories
  • 1 serving provides 170% of your daily Vitamin A needs

Nutrient information per serving
120 calories, 2.5 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol,105 mg sodium, 20 g total carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Menu Idea: Baked turkey, Mashed sweet potatoes, Waldorf summer salad, Guiltless pumpkin pie

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Spaghetti Squash Supper

September 19th, 2012

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 2-3 pound spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 16-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon.
  2. Place halves, cut side down, in a microwavable casserole dish. Add the water. Cover dish with plastic wrap, leaving corners uncovered. Microwave on high 15 minutes until squash is tender when pierced with a fork.
  3. While squash cooks, heat spaghetti sauce in saucepan over medium heat. When heated through, remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
  4. Remove squash from microwave and cool for 5 minutes. Remove plastic wrap.
  5. Using a fork, scrape the inside of the squash into long strings and place in a bowl.
  6. Add heated spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Optional: Add 1/2 pound cooked lean ground beef or ground turkey.

Nutrient information per serving
Without ground beef: 223 calories, 8 g total fat, 2 mg cholesterol, 657 mg sodium, 38 g total carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein.
With ground beef: 373 calories, 19 g total fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 696 mg sodium, 38 g total

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Broccoli Vegetable Medley

March 17th, 2011

It’s National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is Eat right with color!  Orange, red, white, and green — this month’s recipe brings together all kinds of color!

Makes 4 servings

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup canned or homemade vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Pepper to taste

Vegetables:

  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli florets

Instructions:

  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Place a wok or wide frying pan over HIGH heat until hot.
  3. Add oil, swirling to coat sides.
  4. Add vegetables and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  5. Add sauce and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to MEDIUM-HIGH; cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information: 42 calories, 1.4 grams total fat, 7 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams protein, 2 grams fiber, 306 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol

Adapted from Fruits and Veggies More Matters website.

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