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Kitchen Explorations

“Kitchen Explorations”

By, Sara Laite, MPH, RD, LRD

Extension Agent


Has anyone else been trying a lot of new things in the kitchen? Spending more time at home, it’s been so much fun experimenting with new recipes and new ways to use kitchen equipment.


I can’t believe how much I’ve been using our bread machine – making homemade bread or dough for buns and pizza crust. The electric pressure cooker has come into the regular rotation, mainly for prepping beans for chili, soups, tacos, or whatever I can sneak them in. I tried a refried bean recipe last week that turned out amazingly delicious!


Now that we are finally seeing spring temperatures, the pellet grill has gotten a huge workout the past week. So much that my daughter said last night before supper, “Let me guess, we’re grilling again!” I’m not sure if she was happy or disappointed. Either way, I have been one happy mom to have another cooking option for the never ending meals needing to be planned.


The large repertoire of NDSU Extension publications and recipes have come in very handy during this time. I highly recommend exploring our website: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food/health-and-nutrition.


You’ll not only find thousands of test-kitchen approved recipes, but a wealth of great publications to help you with food entrepreneurship, preparation and preservation, food safety, and health and nutrition. Some of my favorite publications lately have been under the “Food Preparation” tab - “Pinchin’ Pennie$ in the Kitchen”, “Garden to Table”, and “Now Serving”, just to name a few. The refried bean recipe I made came from “Field to Fork Pressure Cook Dry Beans to Save Money and Time” (FN 1939). Check it out for more bean recipes, too!


I’ve also looked back at all of the recipes posted by the NDSU Extension’s Social Eats campaign that I’ve written about in the past. There are so many great recipes! The Decadent Dessert Dip is in my refrigerator right now and is a staple at my house. This month’s recipe, Supreme Pizza Chicken Bake, makes my mouth water every time I watch the video. All you have to do is make the recipe of the month, take a picture, and post to the social media option of your choice. The rules and past recipes can be found here: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/preventnd/socialeats. This month’s prize is a 4 in 1 veggie chopper!


Here’s this month’s Social Eats recipe. Give it a try and enjoy!

Supreme Pizza Chicken Bake

4 chicken breasts

¾ c. pizza sauce

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

12 pepperoni

½ bell pepper, sliced

¼ c. onion, diced

2 Tbsp. black olives, sliced

Preheat oven to 400 F. Place chicken breasts in an 8- by 11- inch pan. Evenly top chicken with pizza sauce and then layer on cheese. Top with pepperoni, bell pepper slices, onions and olives. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when measured with a food thermometer. Makes 4 servings. Each serving has 250 calories, 6g fat, 42g protein, 7g carbohydrates, 1g fiber and 440mg sodium.


For more information, contact the Ramsey County Extension Office at 701-662-7027.  Website: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ramseycountyextension.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NDSUExtRamsey/.


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