The Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Team at Iowa State University has been working throughout the past year to produce the newest edition of the Healthy and Homemade Cookbook. The seventy recipes in this collection are tasty, easy and low-cost!
From main dishes and sides to salads, snacks and desserts, this cookbook has everything you need to make healthy cooking easy and fun. It’s like having the best recipes from Spend Smart. Eat Smart. tucked in your kitchen drawer. You can purchase an English or Spanish language copy of the cookbook for just five dollars from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Online Store.
Christine Hradek is a State Nutrition Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She coordinates ISU’s programs which help families with low income make healthy choices with limited food budgets. Christine loves helping families learn to prepare healthy foods, have fun in the kitchen and save money. In her spare time, Christine enjoys cooking, entertaining and cheering on her favorite college football teams with her family and friends.
Last Monday I attended a lecture by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, who hosts the weekly radio program called The Splendid Table, on American Public Media and is the author of several award winning cookbooks. I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated by the ingredients, recipes, cooking and wine experts I hear when I listen to the radio program (it’s on Saturday from 2-3 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 12 pm on Iowa Public Radio).
After meeting Kasper, I am impressed with her down to earth advice and charmed by the easy, fun way she interacts with the audience. Her talk had ideas that we try to promote on our website, blog and Facebook page. She said:
Meals can be simple. Kasper says she cooks every night. Her weeknight meals take 20-30 minutes to prepare and usually only have about 5 ingredients.
Get everyone involved in meals. Meals are about the people, not just the food.
On weekends, Kasper says to try something you have never tried. Give yourself permission to have an adventure and let yourself enjoy cooking. Enjoy the process and forget about the results.
In a recent blog from The Splendid Table, Kasper gives her top 5 characteristics of good cooks. Here they are:
Good cooks don’t waste anything.
Good cooks clean as they go.
Good cooks read a recipe from beginning to end before they begin.
Need a holiday gift or an addition to a personal cookbook collection? We have a new cookbook, Healthy & Homemade, that is a great resource for any family. Individual copies sell for $5 at the ISU Extension online store.
The cookbook is a collection from the SpentSmart.EatSmart website. It is designed for families who have limited time and want to stretch their food dollars. Eighty recipes are featured in the spiral bound collection; color photos are included for many of the recipes. The cookbook includes a glossary of cooking terms, abbreviations and measurements, a list of substitutions, tips and options for each recipe, nutrition labels and meal ideas. There is a category for each section of the meal: main dish, appetizer, salad, side dish, dessert and snacks.
I’m excited about the cookbook. Reviewers were impressed with the helpful tips, menus and extras that were added to make each recipe simple to prepare.
Here are some other gift ideas related to cooking or food.