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Get the most from your Fruits and Veggies
Make the most of with your fruits and vegetables with these tips from Cooking Matters! Learn to Get the Most Produce with My Benefits, Make Your Produce Last Longer, and Get Your Family Enjoying More Fruits and Vegetables.
Here's a #LittleFingersApproved recipe from our friends at @Seafood4health! These easy, 4-ingredient shrimp pesto pizzas are perfect for a lunch box surprise or as an #easydinner that kids can assemble themselves. Don't have sandwich thins on hand? Whole grain bread or English muffins will also do the trick!
Check out the full recipe here!
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Enjoy fish as a lean protein throughout the week! And don't forget, pregnant women should avoid eating raw fish, in addition to fish with high levels of mercury like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, bigeye tuna, marlin and orange roughy. For more information on ways to incorporate seafood in your week, visit our friends at @Seafood4Health!
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In this video, Lily Palma, Zapotec from Oaxaca, shows us how to make Tamales Oaxaqueños! ... See MoreSee Less
What better time to treat yourself to something sweet than on National Dessert Day?
If you need some inspiration, our chocolate cake is a delicious (and diabetes-friendly) place to start. Check out this recipe and more at cookingmatters.org/recipes
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You can introduce seafood to your baby when they are ready to begin solid foods. If you are having fish for dinner, simply offer your baby a small bit of it. If they see you eating it, they may be more likely to taste it. Cut the fish up small and encourage your little one to use their fingers!
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Think outside the can...of tuna. Canned fish is an affordable and convenient way to get seafood into your weekly meal rotation. Canned salmon can be used in place of tuna in your go-to tuna salad recipe or in this salmon burger that is ready in less than 15 minutes!
Recipe adapted from Great Recipes with Chef Buck:
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DYK the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) started back in 1946 when President Harry Truman signed the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act into law? It reached 7.1 million children in its first year. As we celebrate National School Lunch Week, we celebrate the nutritionally balanced, low-cost or no-cost lunches that are served to children each school day.
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Did you know that the National School Lunch Program serves nearly 30 million children every school day? Participating in National School Lunch Week for your school helps increase student participation in the National School Lunch Program and encourages students to eat delicious and healthy meals. So, spread the word! Connect with teachers, administrators, and parents to celebrate National School Lunch Week, October 11-15th. bit.ly/NSLW-21
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#DYK that WIC provides canned fish for moms who are fully breastfeeding? Tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines provide protein and healthy fats to help support breastfeeding moms (and all are easy to prepare). What's your favorite type of #cannedfish?
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Soups, stews, and chili make for a simple dinner that can feed the whole family. You can even make this recipe in the crockpot to enjoy on Game Day, or a busy weeknight! If preparing in the crockpot, no need to pre-cook anything. You can also personalize the recipe by swapping kidney beans with your favorite low-sodium canned beans. Cook on low for 6-8 or HIGH 3-4 hours and enjoy. cookingmatters.org/recipes/turkey-chili-vegetables
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Beans and rice are a classic – for good reason! In this super quick recipe, kidney beans and brown rice combine to make a wholesome, filling meal that won't break the bank!
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Did you know the liquid from canned vegetables holds most of the sodium? If you are looking for ways to reduce your sodium intake, try draining and rinsing your canned beans before you prepare them.
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Only if they're not pre-seasoned otherwise you're washing away FLAVOR
You can't go wrong with beans. Whether you prefer using dried or canned versions, both are a great source of protein and fiber. If you want to try dried beans but you're short on time, try soaking them in advance for a quicker cook.
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This Easy Beany Chili only requires four ingredients, but it is packed with enough fiber and protein to keep the entire family full. Check out the simple chili recipe here!
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Throughout the month of October, we’re featuring videos of indigenous chefs demonstrating some of their traditional meals. To kick things off, check out this video from the Indian Pueblo Kitchen!
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The Child Tax Credit is a 2021 cash benefit for families. Did your family receive your September payment? Go to NoKidHungry.org/GetCTC to learn more!
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Fruit is a great addition to any lunch box. If your child wants more variety, mix some of their favorite fruits (and even a few veggies) to create a delicious DIY fresh salsa.
Feeling stuck? Start with a can of black beans, add mango, onion and cilantro!
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This is so yummy!
Pinto beans are a staple ingredient in many traditional Hispanic dishes. Here, they are the central ingredient in gallo pinto. Pinto beans are native to Mexico and are served in other dishes like refried beans and flavored broths. Click the link below #HispanicHeritageMonth
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