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Baked oatmeal on a white plate

Mainely Dish Recipe Video: Baked Oatmeal

Try this simple make-ahead breakfast recipe idea. I used frozen blueberries and added walnuts for an extra crunch! You can replace the blueberries with your favorite frozen fruit like mixed berries or strawberries, this recipe also has fiber and protein which helps your body feel full and satisfied. I hope you enjoy this recipe as […]

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dehydrated zucchini chips thinly sliced on a plastic dehydrator tray

Making Dehydrated Cucumber and Zucchini Chips

If you are looking for a low-carb, low-calorie alternative to potato chips, give dehydrated cucumber and zucchini slices a try! I was very skeptical but now I find these hard to stop eating once I start. Recipe Cut a cucumber or two into thin slices. I use a food processor that makes 1/16th-inch slices. These […]

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Variety of legumes in cooking pots

How to Store and Cook Dried Beans

Do you have a bag of dried beans in your pantry and you have been avoiding cooking them because you weren’t sure how? Well, let go of the uncertainty! We have put together all the information you need to know about storing and preparing dried beans with confidence.  Storage Store dry beans in a cool, […]

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Mainely Dish Recipe Video: Pasta with Garlic Spinach and White Beans

You may be thinking beans and pasta, together? YES! By adding beans to this dish you increase the protein and fiber content. If you are not a fan of beans, that’s okay. Try adding a different cooked lean protein to the recipe like boneless, skinless chicken or lean ground meat. Wait until you smell and […]

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group of spaghetti inside a pot isolated on white background

Top 10 Kitchen Essentials

This blog entry is the first of our new “Ask EFNEP” posts where members of UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) answer questions they are asked when delivering food and nutrition programs. This question was answered by Chris Finemore. Chris has worked with EFNEP in Aroostook County for almost 30 years. […]

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Mainely Dish Recipe Video: Egg Bites

This is an easy and healthy grab-and-go breakfast option for your busy week. I love making my mornings as simple as possible, and having pre-made breakfast options ready to go is a huge time saver. This recipe is great because it can be altered based on your taste preferences. I loaded mine with diced red […]

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Picture of legumes in wooden scoop on white background.

All About Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils

Dry beans and peas are the mature forms of legumes such as kidney beans, pinto beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, and lentils. Legumes have an assortment of shapes and colors depending on the variety. Some common legume varieties grown in Maine include Yellow Eye, Jacob’s Cattle, Pinto, Soldier, Navy, Black Turtle, and Cranberry beans. Although […]

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Mainely Dish Recipe Video: Massaged Kale Salad

If you’re wondering, yes you do have to massage the kale in this recipe, and yes it’s actually fun. I was unfamiliar with the process of massaging kale until I learned why it is so important. Massaging the kale with oil and lemon juice helps break down the tough fibers and removes the bitterness in […]

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White bowl of yogurt with 3 red raspberries on the surface. Other raspberries visible in the background.

How to Make Yogurt at Home

I read all the nutrition books when my youngest was an infant. We did all the “right” things and were so proud to have a little one who would eat beet greens like candy! Then, it happened—somewhere between the ages of 2 and 3 her taste buds changed and suddenly, overnight, she became a picky […]

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Blueberry cobbler with dish of fresh blueberries

Mainely Dish Recipe Video: Blueberry Cobbler

This was my first time making a blueberry cobbler, and it was a tasty success! Now that blueberry season is starting in Maine, I think having recipes on hand that include blueberries is essential. Read more about Maine wild blueberries in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s publication Vegetables and Fruits for Health: Wild Blueberries.  […]

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