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3 Tips to a Healthier Celebration

3 Tips to a Healthier Celebration (FN1833)

Celebrations such as birthdays or holidays are exciting and memorable times filled with family, friends and food. Nourish your body every time you eat, even when you are celebrating a special day.

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Do it Yourself Spices

Do It Yourself Spice Mixes (FN1826)

Making your own spice blends is a win-win idea that gives your food a pop of flavor while reducing sodium.

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Making a Quesadilla

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Making a Quesadilla - FN1717

Create a quesadilla with a variety of colors and flavors for your next family dinner. Have your family pick out their favorite quesadilla fillings with this flexible yet delicious recipe. Choose whole-wheat tortillas with lean protein, low-fat cheese and a variety of veggies to make an easy, fun and nutritious meal.

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Day-Old Bread

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 4 Ways to Use Day-old Bread - FN1743

Using day-old bread can help you stretch your food dollars. Some bakeries offer day-old bread at discounted prices. You might buy a few loaves because you found a great deal; unfortunately, you might get tired of it before you use all of it. What can you do with it?

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Building a Healthful Lunch

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 5 Tips for Building a Healthful Lunch - FN1774

A well-balanced, home-packed lunch can set you up for success. Eating lunch provides an opportunity to refuel your brain and body after a morning of hard work. Selecting a variety of food groups creates a balanced meal with a healthy supply of different nutrients your body needs to stay focused and avoid that after-lunch slump.

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Preparing Elk/Venison

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Tips and Recipes for Preparing Elk/Venison - FN1733

Game meats, such as elk and venison, add variety to your diet. They often are lower in fat than other meats. Consider these tips as you expand your cooking to include game meats.

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Using Dry Beans

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Using Dry Beans - FN1701

Cooked beans are a nutritional bargain. Follow these easy steps to prepare dry edible beans on your menus.

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Hummus, Roasted Chickpeas and More!

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen Hummus, Roasted Chickpeas and More! - FN1739

Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, they contain no cholesterol and little fat. They are an excellent source of fiber and folate, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

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Uses for Dry Milk

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 4 Everyday Uses for Dry Milk - FN1713

Nonfat dry milk has the same nutrient value as skim milk. Dry milk is versatile and has a long shelf life. It is a good source of protein, vitamins A and D, calcium and essential fats. Be sure to store dry milk in a cool place in an airtight container. Unsealed nonfat dry milk keeps for a few months. Because of its fat content, dry whole milk can be stored for only a few weeks.

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Cereal in Your Cupboard

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 4 Everyday Uses for the Extra Cereal in Your Cupboard - FN1760

If you find yourself with a number of half-empty cereal boxes in your cupboard, you are not alone. Maybe the members of your household didn’t like a certain variety of cereal, or maybe you bought too many boxes when cereal was on sale. Now you need to know what you can do with the rest of the box before the cereal gets stale. Don’t worry; you have plenty of ways to use all of your cereal while saving money and reducing waste.

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Meal in a Bowl

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 5 Steps to Making Your Own Meal in a Bowl - FN1757

Making your own meal in a bowl is inexpensive and easy. You can make meals from ingredients you probably already have on hand. Think about all the different bowls you can make.You also could set up a buffet with a variety of toppings so people can personalize their meal with layers of flavor.

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Unit Pricing

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 6 Tips to Save Money With Unit Pricing - FN1752

Unit pricing is a term that describes pricing goods to determine what the cost is per unit of measure, such as pounds, ounces or quarts. Finding the unit price of an item allows consumers to find the “best buy” and determine any advantages to buying in bulk or switching brands.

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Creating a Sandwich

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Creating a Sandwich - FN1756

Sandwiches are easy to make and can serve as a quick meal for you or your family any time of day. Choose whole-grain bread, a variety of vegetables, fruit and lean protein to pack your sandwich full of nutrients. Sandwiches are versatile. You can make your sandwich cold, cook just the meat or grill the whole thing.

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Canned Fish

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Use Canned Fish - FN1716

Canned salmon and tuna contain an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to your health. These polyunsaturated fatty acids may play a role in preventing heart disease. You can make many satisfying and economical meals for your family using canned fish.

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Snack Mixes

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Make Your Own Snack Mixes - FN1753

Homemade snack mixes can be an inexpensive and healthful option for children and adults. Each snack mix recipe in this handout contains kid-friendly ingredients. These grab-and-go snacks can be served after school or you can take them along on family vacations on the road.

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Pizza, Soup, Granola and More!

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Pizza, Soup, Granola and More! How to Use Lentils in Your Recipes - FN1740

Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, they contain no cholesterol and little fat or sodium. They are an excellent source of fiber and folate, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

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Split Pea Soup, Salad, Salsa and More!

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Split Pea Soup, Salad, Salsa and More! - FN1741

Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, they contain no cholesterol and little fat or sodium. They are an excellent source of fiber and folate, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

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Preparing Goose

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Tips and Recipes for Preparing Goose - FN1734

Using game birds in your menus adds variety to your diet. Consider these tips as you expand your menu options to include game birds such as goose.

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What's in Your Home Food Pantry?

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: What's in Your Home Food Pantry? - FN1706

A pantry stocked with essential nonperishable food items can save time and money. This publication provides a list of some ideas for common pantry items to personalize based on the ingredients that you use when you cook or bake.

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This project is supported by the Rural Health & Safety Education Competitive Grant Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), grant number 2013-46100-21467.

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