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Oatmeal with fruit and nuts

Mainely Dish: Oatmeal Packets

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension Visit EFNEP’s recipe website for the Oatmeal Packets recipe and recipe video. If you’re looking for an inexpensive breakfast alternative, try this Oatmeal Packet recipe! Oatmeal is one of my go-to menu […]

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Sesame Seed Bagels

Sesame – The New Allergen

— By Kayla Parsons, MS, Ph.D. Student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Did you know that 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 13 children have food allergies? If someone has a food allergy, their immune system negatively reacts to specific allergens, found in products including foods, drinks and supplements. Food allergies can vary in […]

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Potatoes next to mashed potatoes in a bowl.

Mainely Dish: Mashed Potatoes

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension This classic Mashed Potato side dish is a must try! What makes this recipe stand out to me from others I’ve tried is the addition of garlic powder and rosemary, this combination […]

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Bowl of Braised Cabbage

Mainely Dish: Braised Cabbage

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cabbage is a vegetable I haven’t used much because I didn’t know how to cook it. I originally thought cabbage was similar to the lettuce family but I found out it is […]

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Black Bean and Squash Chili

Mainely Dish: Black Bean and Squash Chili

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension Need a quick weeknight meal? Try this chili recipe that the whole family can enjoy. This is a recipe that a child could help with too, whether it’s reading the recipe, using […]

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acorn squash soup with bacon and corn bread in the background

It’s Soup Time!

— By Patty Neal, UMaine Dietetic Intern and Kate Yerxa, Extension Educator ‘Tis the season to enjoy a hot bowl of soup or stew! What is the difference between a soup and a stew anyways? Technically it depends on the base and cooking times. Soup usually has a thin liquid base and cooks in 30 minutes […]

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Person stirring hot chocolate with mini marshmallows in a mug

Mainely Dish: Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension I love this simple Hot Cocoa Convenience Mix, once you make it, all you have to do is measure out a serving and add hot water or milk. Using milk or a […]

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variety of canned vegetables

Canned Foods CAN Be Healthy

— By Patty Neal, UMaine Dietetic Intern and Kate Yerxa, Extension Educator I am sure you are thinking, “Wait, I thought canned food wasn’t healthy.” Canned foods are in fact healthy. Canned fruits, vegetables, beans, poultry, and fish are low-calorie foods that are rich in nutrients.  What do the experts say? Canned foods keep their […]

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Chicken Noodle Soup with rosemary around bowl

Mainely Dish: Chicken Noodle Soup (and Thanksgiving Leftovers)

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension Chicken noodle soup is a classic choice for many people, especially if you are sick or trying to warm up. Consider using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving instead of chicken, this is a […]

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Slices of turkey breast

Mainely Dish: Roasted Turkey

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension If you are in charge of the turkey for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving this year look no further for a recipe, as this only requires four ingredients and 2.5 to 4 hours to […]

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