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Don't miss our last episode of Meal Prep Made Easy! We're using fruits and veggies to make easy breakfasts or snacks. This series will help home cooks make the most of their time in the kitchen by using recipes with shared ingredients to create delicious meals to feed your family for days. ... See MoreSee Less
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On tomorrow's Facebook Live Recipe Round-table we are talking about Indigenous Meals & Kitchen Tips with Chef Francisco Alegria from Menominee reservation.
Share ingredients, recipes and tips/techniques for cooking indigenous meals.

April 15, 2pm ET

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On tomorrows Facebook Live Recipe Round-table we are talking about Indigenous Meals & Kitchen Tips with Chef Francisco Alegria from Menominee reservation.
Share ingredients, recipes and tips/techniques for cooking indigenous meals.April 15, 2pm EThttps://www.facebook.com/Menominee-Nutrition-Education-104971181384443/?ref=page_internal
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Planning out your meals for the week? To save money, see what you already have in order to figure out what you can use up and what you still need! Take an inventory of what's in your pantry, fridge, and freezer, then use those ingredients as a base for your meal plan. Don’t forget the list so you can shop with confidence! #BudgetFriendlyShopping ... See MoreSee Less
Planning out your meals for the week? To save money, see what you already have in order to figure out what you can use up and what you still need! Take an inventory of whats in your pantry, fridge, and freezer, then use those ingredients as a base for your meal plan. Don’t forget the list so you can shop with confidence! #BudgetFriendlyShopping
Everything from the 90s is making a comeback and so are the afterschool snacks! Fill your celery stick with nut butter, then add raisins across the top to make the sticks look like “ants on a log.” What was your favorite schooltime snack growing up? #Comment below! #celery #antsonalog #snacktime ... See MoreSee Less
Everything from the 90s is making a comeback and so are the afterschool snacks! Fill your celery stick with nut butter, then add raisins across the top to make the sticks look like “ants on a log.” What was your favorite schooltime snack growing up? #Comment below!  #celery #antsonalog #snacktime
We love carrots! But do you ever have trouble keeping carrots on the cutting board or getting them on your fork? Using a vegetable peeler to "cut" carrots makes all that easier...plus it's a time saver! Easy to throw into pasta, wraps, and more! ... See MoreSee Less
We love carrots! But do you ever have trouble keeping carrots on the cutting board or getting them on your fork? Using a vegetable peeler to cut carrots makes all that easier...plus its a time saver!  Easy to throw into pasta, wraps, and more!

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This is how I do my carrots for salads so I'm not bighting down on hard carrots.

DYK a stick of celery can be great for teething toddlers? Introduce raw celery between ages 2-3 and use a long cold stick of celery to help reach where the back molars come in! #dyk #staroftheweek ... See MoreSee Less
DYK a stick of celery can be great for teething toddlers? Introduce raw celery between ages 2-3 and use a long cold stick of celery to help reach where the back molars come in!  #DYK #StaroftheWeek

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Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Amy Chacon

Today is the first day of Ramadan - a 30-day Muslim holiday which involves fasting from sunrise to sunset. Hearty lentil soup is a classic dinner consumed during Ramadan, to help those who fast during the day get nourished at night. #Ramadan #ramadankareem www.allrecipes.com/recipe/12960/moroccan-lentil-soup/ ... See MoreSee Less
Today is the first day of Ramadan - a 30-day Muslim holiday which involves fasting from sunrise to sunset. Hearty lentil soup is a classic dinner consumed during Ramadan, to help those who fast during the day get nourished at night. #Ramadan #RamadanKareem https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/12960/moroccan-lentil-soup/
Are you missing the spring science fair? Bring it home with this classic senses experiment. Do you taste onion or apple? #comment below #science ... See MoreSee Less
Are you missing the spring science fair? Bring it home with this classic senses experiment. Do you taste onion or apple? #Comment below #science
Is arugula too bitter for you? Try cutting the bitterness with lemon juice and oil, or picking younger greens if you grow them at home (a great cost-saving activity for herbs and greens!). For a fun activitiy with kids, have them help you "massage" the greens before adding them to your salads, pasta, and more! Then give each other a back massage to reward each other for a kitchen job well done! ... See MoreSee Less
Is arugula too bitter for you? Try cutting the bitterness with lemon juice and oil, or picking younger greens if you grow them at home (a great cost-saving activity for herbs and greens!). For a fun activitiy with kids, have them help you massage the greens before adding them to your salads, pasta, and more! Then give each other a back massage to reward each other for a kitchen job well done!
Make this classic restaurant dish at home! It’s super simple and you probably have 3 of the 4 ingredients in your pantry already! Chinese Five Spice is another ingredient you can add to kick up the flavor - check your local ethnic foods store or the ethnic foods aisle of your local grocery store. Make a homemade dipping sauce with it too if you like! www.chinasichuanfood.com/chinese-scallion-pancakes/ ... See MoreSee Less
Make this classic restaurant dish at home! It’s super simple and you probably have 3 of the 4 ingredients in your pantry already! Chinese Five Spice is another ingredient you can add to kick up the flavor - check your local ethnic foods store or the ethnic foods aisle of your local grocery store. Make a homemade dipping sauce with it too if you like! https://www.chinasichuanfood.com/chinese-scallion-pancakes/

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sounds good but 577 calories for two seems like a lot

The way you cook #asparagus can change everything. Add a little char by roasting them. It adds a great crunch to the tops! ... See MoreSee Less
The way you cook #asparagus can change everything. Add a little char by roasting them. It adds a great crunch to the tops!

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Roasted asparagus is the BEST!

No way. Doing this on a grill is much better.

My favorite way to cook asparagus (after removing the scales) steam them in the micro..add or splash a little soy sauce, butter & a little brown sugar! DIVINE.

Awesome!

Yummy

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Ever thought of having onion melt in your mouth? I bet now you are. Caramelizing completely changes the texture and taste of onions. They’re great on burgers, with spinach, in pasta, or anything else you can think of. #Comment below what you can come up with! #StaroftheWeek ... See MoreSee Less
Ever thought of having onion melt in your mouth? I bet now you are. Caramelizing completely changes the texture and taste of onions. They’re great on burgers, with spinach, in pasta, or anything else you can think of. #Comment below what you can come up with! #StaroftheWeek

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Thanks for the recipe! I love caramelized onions!

Artichokes might have a tough exterior, but they have a sweet and tender center. Make them the main dish, add on top salads, or have them on the side. They can do it all! Have you ever had artichokes before? #comment below ... See MoreSee Less
Artichokes might have a tough exterior, but they have a sweet and tender center. Make them the main dish, add on top salads, or have them on the side. They can do it all! Have you ever had artichokes before? #comment below

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A few days ago, we had a spinach-artichoke pasta (GF) with sautéed chicken. My goodness, it hit the spot! We absolutely love artichokes!

I'd like to see a demo on this. I've only bought them canned but would love to eat some fresh ones.

It may seem odd to offer a small piece or two of onion to your toddler, but why not try it? Set aside a piece after chopping and talk to your toddler about how it feels and smells. Ask them if they want to taste it. If they say no or refuse, that's ok and tell them so. You can tell them how it changes flavor and smell when it's cooking. If you happen to be sautéing it on the stove, ask them if they smell it in the air! #onions #sotw #trysomethingnew ... See MoreSee Less
It may seem odd to offer a small piece or two of onion to your toddler, but why not try it? Set aside a piece after chopping and talk to your toddler about how it feels and smells. Ask them if they want to taste it. If they say no or refuse, thats ok and tell them so. You can tell them how it changes flavor and smell when its cooking. If you happen to be sautéing it on the stove, ask them if they smell it in the air!  #onions #sotw #trysomethingnew

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This is a great idea! It's always great to expose children to foods, especially if you can talk about what you think and feel.

When my brother was younger, he used to eat onions like they were apples. That boy sure had some nasty breath when he did that haha

About half of my preschool kids LOVE raw onion! We offer diced onion as a topping for chili, tacos, burritos, beans and greens . . . and the ones who won't eat it raw still love it cooked into things.

My littles love onions grilled or pickled!! And my cousin ate them like apples too Sandra!! 🤢😹

My 3yo has loved raw onions since she could eat them! Not for me but she always snags some when I cut them up

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We're talking with Victoria, mom of 2, about managing food allergies with kiddos! ... See MoreSee Less

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My daughter (now age 26) had done elimination with me. She had to find a Neurologist who specialized in Ehler Danlos Syndrome, RA that could do more clinical work with her. She is medically required to be gluten-free and dairy-free to avoid the inflammatory effects. With her meds, it meant the treatment would actually "take" and had better medical outcomes...

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We're chatting about food allergies with kiddos today. Please chat in any questions you may have!

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DYK that a 15-minute soak in a solution of baking soda and water tames the pungent taste of sliced or chopped raw onions? If you can't handle the "oniony-ness" of onions, try giving them a bath! #onions #sotw ... See MoreSee Less
DYK that a 15-minute soak in a solution of baking soda and water tames the pungent taste of sliced or chopped raw onions? If you cant handle the oniony-ness of onions, try giving them a bath!  #onions #sotw
This series will help home cooks make the most of their time in the kitchen by using recipes with shared ingredients to create delicious meals to feed your family for days. Tune in next week for the final episode! ... See MoreSee Less
Tomorrow we’re continuing our food allergy conversation by chatting with a parent raising kids with food allergies See you here at 2pm ET for English and on Cooking Matters En Español for Spanish at 2:30pm ET ... See MoreSee Less
Tomorrow we’re continuing our food allergy conversation by chatting with a parent raising kids with food allergies See you here at 2pm ET for English and on Cooking Matters En Español for Spanish at 2:30pm ET

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Is it cancelled?

Warmer weather means new seasonal produce! Here's a grocery shopping secret – buying produce that is in-season means it's available in abundance and can cost you less at check-out! Here are three of our favorite seasonal items to include in your cart this April! What other "A+" produce do you plan to add to your cart? ... See MoreSee Less
Warmer weather means new seasonal produce! Heres a grocery shopping secret – buying produce that is in-season means its available in abundance and can cost you less at check-out! Here are three of our favorite seasonal items to include in your cart this April! What other A+ produce do you plan to add to your cart?

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I have asparagus currently in my fridge and I keep arugula as much as possible when it’s in season!! I’ve always wanted to attempt cooking artichoke but it seems so intimidating! Maybe you guys could post a simple recipe? ♥️

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