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  • April 2014

    Jiffy Oatmeal Crunch ● BBQ Chicken Pizza ● Stuffed Bell Pepper ● Baked Lentils Casserole ● Quick Black Bean Soup ● Apple Coffee Cake ● Bachelor Food ● 20-Minute Chicken Creole ● Measurement Equivalents ● How Does Your Club Stack Up? ● How to Chill Foods Properly ● Safe Grocery Shopping


  • March 2014

    Go for the Green on St. Pat's! ● Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cookies ● Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Onions ● Old Fashioned Bread Pudding ● Sweet Potato Casserole ● Salmon with Mustard Sauce ● Prolonging the Life of Bananas ● Our 6 Combined Recipe Collections (Recipe Central) ● Making a Meal with What's on Hand ● Selecting & Serving Seafood Safely ● Interactive "Save Time - Microwave It! Zmag
  • February

    Apple Quinoa Salad ● Quick Granola Bars ● Black Bean & Corn Salsa ● No-Salt Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix ● Guacmole on the Go! ● Roasted Broccoli and Red Peppers ● Roasting Nuts / Trail Mix ● How to substitute tomato sauce for catsup, soup, etc. ● How to freeze raw onions ● Reducing the size of recipes ● Food storage: fridge, cupboard, pantry
  • No newsletter in January


  • December

    Chunky Cranberry Dip ● Roasted Baby Carrots with Garlic ● Nuts about Wasabi Trail Mix ● Sweet Potato Casserole ● Gluten-free Holiday Recipes for Kids and Grownups, Too! ● Happy Healthy Holidays Pinterest Board
  • October/November

    Slow Cooker Meals Slide Show ● Slow Cooker Meals Pamphlet (includes recipes) ● Thanksgiving Pinterest Board ● Slow Cooker Moroccan Beef and Sweet Potato Stew ● Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew ● Slow Cooker Lazy Day Beef & Vegetable Soup ● Candied Sweet Potatoes with Apples


  • Cucumber Salad with Tomatoes ● Lemon Velvet Supreme ● Roasted Root Vegetables ● Confetti Bean Salsa ● Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding ● Creamy Peanut Dip ● Black Bean and Rice Salad ● Pineapple Rice Bake ● Manly Muffin Meatloaf ● Roasted Herb Potatoes ● Fruit Smoothie
  • August

    Cucumber, Lemon, Mint Cooler Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad ● Fast One-Dish Pasta & Shrimp ● Foods that Don't Freeze Well ● Freezer Jam ● Super Summer Sandwiches ● Canning & Freezing Pinterest Board ● Seeding Cucumbers and Zucchini ● Fruity Smart Tarts ● Tip for Cooking Beets
  • July

    A Chicken Breast Recipe for a Variety of Meals ● Dill Cucumber Sauce ● 4th of July "Star" Appeal ● Chilled Strawberry Soup with Mint ● Banana Kale Smoothie ● Store Fruits and Vegetables in Separate Refrigerator Crisper Drawers ● Farmers Market Salsa ● Sweet, Sweet Corn ●
  • June

    Healthy Cooking with Fresh Herbs ● Tabbouleh ● Super Duper Easy Hummus ● Cucumber Salsa ● Tomato Basil Bruschetta ● Asparatus with Toasted Almonds & Garlic  ● Frozen Fruit Cups  ● Brewing Ice Tea with Fresh Mint  ● Summer Food Safety ● Add Color and Nutrition to Potato Salad ● How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables ● Feeding without the Fuss
  • May

    Yogurt Fruit Smoothie ● Chocolate Granola Apple Wedges ● Tangy Mustard Coleslaw ● Black Bean Quesadillas ● Chicken Caesar Salad ● Foil-Wrapped Mexican Pork Chops ● Grilled Summer Veggies ● Zucchini and Corn Saute ● Slow Cooker Chunky Applesauce ● Quick-Toss Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad ● Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Garlic, Parsley, and Lemon ● Beef and Cabbage Wraps
  • April

    Super Easy Bean Dip ● Amazing Oven Fried Chicken ● Slow Cooker Apple Oatmeal  ●  Baked Fish with Savory Bread Crumbs ● Roasted Vegetables Pasta with Cauliflower ● MyPlate Recipes on Pinterest ● Easter Egg Safety Tips ● Beans Help Mitigate Effect of Drought on High Food Bills (includes 3 recipes) ● Frozen Cheese Sandwich (for grilling) ● Feeding Your Family Well when Food Prices Rise ● Celery Butterflies
  • March

    Ripening fruit at Room Temperature ● The Spice Is Right ● Put Potholders in Their Place ● OH, Grill of Mine! ● Contain It! ● Trail Mix Find Fridge Foods Faster with a Turntable or "Lazy Susan" ● Decorative Dishrack● ● Sauteed Brussels Sprouts ● Short Term Kitchen Storage of Potatoes, Onions, and Garlic ● Storage Bins for Hard-to-Reach Refrigerator Items ● Is Your Oven Temperature Off●
  • No newsletter in January and February



Marinated Three-Bean Salad ● Fruit Pizza - Super Bowl Style ● Forming a Meal Swap Group ● Amazing Oven Fried Chicken ● Simple Skillet Pizzas ● Crispy Salmon Patties ● Golden Apple Oatmeal ● Mama's Chicken and Rice ● Crazy Caterpillars● Slow Cooker Beef Stew ● Chicken Waldorf Salad ● Peanut Butter Dip ● Your Super Bowl Game Plan for Healthy Eating ● Chicken Feed ● Easy, Healthy Everyday Recipes (on Pinterest)


 Healthy Valentine's Day Snack Mix ● Valentine's Day "From Scratch" Brownies ● Cooking for One or Two ● Slow Cooker Beef Stew ● Pizza Salad ● Winter Black Bean Soup ● Chicken Pita Sandwiches ● Rinsing Canned Dry Beans Reduces Sodium 41% ● Busy Day Tilapia ● Peanut Butter Pita Pockets ● Fruit Crumble ● Easy Roasted Root Vegetables ● How to Tell if Your Freezer Was Off when You Were Away ● Three Bean Bake ● Easy, Healthy Everyday Recipes (on Pinterest)


Going Green with Fruit on St. Patrick's Day ● Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew ● Cooking for One or Two ● Confetti Bean Salsa ● Pasta Primavera ●  Go for the GREEN on St. Patrick's Day ● Dirt Pudding ● Spaghetti and Savary Meatballs ● Animals in the Swamp ● Cooking with Kids ● Are You Using a Steamer● ● Help Kids Learn to Cook through 4-H ● Does Your Plate Look like MyPlate●

April / May:

Char's Fruit Dip ● Fruitastic Summer Smoothie Blast ● Vegetable Fried Rice ● Vegetable Ribbons ● Foods Come Alive with Chives! ● Roasted Potatoes, Tomatoes & Onions ● Planting / Using Fresh Herbs ● Roasted Brussels Sprouts ● Lemon Velvet Supreme Pudding ● Adding Fruit to Favorite Foods ● Grill It Tasty and Safe ● Storing a Tomato for Best Taste


Baked Kale Chips ● Spinach Lasagna ● Strawberry Smoothie ● Popsicles Made from Smoothies ● Fast Way to Freeze Peppers ● Couscous Salad ● Orange and Fennel Salad, Sicilian Style ● Salsa Bean Salad ● Fast Way to Freeze Onions ● Quick Tricks for Pasta Salad ● Do This with Radishes Before Refrigeration ● Follow Our Fresh Herb Board on Pinterest

July / August:

Delight in the Refreshing Taste of Tabbouleh! ● Sweet and Simple Sweet Corn ● Hear! Hear! for Fresh Herbs! ● Peaches - The Slice is Right! ● Got Bunches of Basil● ● Try This Pesto Pasta Recipe! ● The "Scoop" on Melons! ● Cucumber Bites ● Cucumber Salad with Tomatoes ● Foil-Baked Veggies ● Wash Produce Even when the Skin Isn't Eaten ● Homemade Whole Grain Croutons ● French Bread Pizza

September / October

BBQ Chicken and Cheddar Foil Packet Dinner ● Healthy Halloween Popcorn Treats ● The Perfect Hard-cooked Egg ● Walnut Trail Mix ● Silicone Pastry / Basting Brush for Easy Cleaning ● Southwest Beef Wraps ● The Tastiest Tomatoes when Tomatoes Aren't in Season ● Can You Identify this Frozen Food● ● Taking the Temperature of Thin Foods ● Egg & Cheddar Quesadilla ● Try This & Avoid Lumpy White Sauces ● Have You Tried this Whisk●


Helpful Thanksgiving Links ● Turkey Caesar Salad ● Turkey Mashed Potato Soup ● Getting a Headstart on Holiday Food Preparation ● Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Mix ● Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes ● Pleasin' Yogurt Breakfast Parfait ● Slow Cooker Pot Roast Soup ● Mexicali Pork Chops with Black Beans ● Universal Lids - Do You Have or Need One● ● Are You Brewing Bacteria in Your Slow Cooker● ● French Bread Pizza ● Can You Answer this Thanksgiving Question Correctly●


Helpful Winter Holiday Links ● French Vanilla Coffee Mix ● California Walnut Granola ● Mint Candy Coffee Mix ● Country Chili Mix ● Double Chocolate Peppermint Candy Hot Cocoa Mix ● Spiced Tea Mix ● Use this "Trick": Tell if Your Freezer Goes Off While You're Gone ● Serve a "Shot" of Dessert ● Homemade Trail Mix ● Watch How Tiny Tastes Add Up over Holidays ●Quick Quiz: Can You Guess the Possible Holiday Pounds Gained●



No-salt Sloppy Joe seasoning mix ● Brunswick stew ● Peanut butter & jelly popcorn ● Filing food appliance and other kitchen gear instruction manuals ● Veggie pizza on crackers ● Healthy hash browns ● Add acidic fruits to salads to keep fruits from turning brown ● Keeping foods warm while other foods get "done" ● Quick meat sauces ● Substituting prepared mustard for powdered mustard ● Test Your Salt Savvy ● Shrimp and Black Bean Tacos


See Red on Valentine's Day ● Old Fashioned Bread Pudding ● Better Baking Mix ● Rice Crust Quiche ● Run-out-the-door breakfast ideas ● Easy Bean Dip ● Make half of plate fruits & veggies ● Crunchy Vegetable Burrito ● Try this with measuring spoons ● A "Fruit" -ti-ful Dessert ● Chocolate candy for dessert● ● Keep wrapping paper wrapped


Avoid Green Ring on Hard-Cooked Egg Yolks ● Mash Sweet Potatoes Quickly with Potato Ricer ● Use Whole Grain Stamp to Find Whole Grain Foods ● Rice Bowls: Quick, Easy, 1-2-3! (9 Brown Rice Recipe Ideas) ● Make-ahead Mexican Rollups (can be frozen) ● Organizing Your Recipe Collection ● Kitchen Short Cuts ● Easy Ways to Add Seafood to Family Meals ● A Simple Solution to Avoid Scratching Nonstick Skillets during Storage ● Make the Most of Your Melon Baller ● Add Uncooked Pasta to Soups

No newsletter in April or May


Loose Leaf Green Lettuce Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing ● Grilled Vegetables - Not Like Your Mom Made! ● Grilling Salmon: Easy, Healthy & Delicious ● 9 Bites for Better-Tasting Fruits & Veggies ● Freezing Peppers Is So Easy ● Freezing Onions for Quick Additions to Cooked Foods ● Canning, Freezing, & Drying Summer Fruits & Veggies ● Don't Get Bugged by a Foodborne Illness this Summer! ● Choose MyPlate Update

No newsletter in July


Fall Apple Crisp ● Roasted Cauliflower with Paprika ● Black Bean and Corn Salad ● Chicken Enchiladas ● Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie ● Easy Fruit Salad ● Chicken and Broccoli Quiche ● Glazed Sweet Potatoes ● Golden Apple Oatmeal ● Yogurt Breakfast Cup ● Banana Bread ● BBQ Lentils


Cabbage Fruit Salad ● Fresh Fruit Crunch ● Light Pumpkin Pie ● Easy Lasagna ● Potato Saute ● A+ Party Mix ● Chicken and Tropical Fruit Salad ● Fresh Fruit Crisp ● Garden Vegetable Soup ● Apple Crisp ● Bean Salad ● Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Dried Cranberries


Turkey Mashed Potato Soup ● Turkey Salsa Soup ● Turkey Tortellini Soup ● Turkey Mediterranean Soup ● Turkey and Blue cheese Salad ● Food Safety During Power Outages ● How to Cook a Turkey the Day before Serving it ● Thanksgiving Food Preparation Tips ● Thawing a Turkey ● Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day ● Can You Pass Our Holiday Food Safety Quiz● ● A Turkey's thoughts on Thanksgiving


Food Mixes in a Jar Slide Show, Tips, and Recipes ●  Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Mix ● Easy-As-a-Mix Pizza ● Country Chili Mix ● Homemade Cornbread Mix ● Master Mix Pancakes ● Master Mix Muffins ● Friendship Soup Mix ●  Pasta with Meat Sauce ● Bean and Rice Soup Mix ● Hot Cocoa Mix ● Helpful Winter Holiday Food Preparation, Food Safety & Healthy Eating Links ● Have a Healthy Red & Green Holiday ● Here Comes Santa Claus



Preparing foods ahead ● Have a healthy red & green holiday! ● Gift someone with a food mix in a jar plus more ideas! ● Crispy granola ● How about a "spoonula" stocking stuffer● ● Hot Cocoa Mix  Baked Pork Chops ● Organizing your pantry ● Cook pasta in half the time ● Use a mortar & pestle on small amounts of hardened sugar ● Helpful winter holiday food preparation, food safety & healthy eating links ● Helpful holiday weight management trips from Brian Wansink, PhD


How to Prepare a Turkey ● Tips for Traveling Safely with Food ● How to Cook a Turkey the Day before Serving It ● How to Carve a Turkey ● How to Make Turkey Gravy ● Gluten-Free Grab 'n Go ● Keep Track of Frozen Foods ● Easy Ways to Toast Nuts ● Recipes & Tips for Leftover Turkey ● Benefits of a coffee carafe ● Pumpkin pie cartoon


Healthy Halloween Party Foods with Popcorn ● Beef Stew with Vegetable "Gravy" ● Easy Freezer Mashed Potatoes ● Use a Turntable to Organize Your Refrigerator ● Freezing Sandwiches ● Gluten-free Cookies ● Prolonging the Life of Bananas ● Reducing the Size of Recipes ● Peeling and Pitting an Avocado ● Take a Can of Tomato Sauce and ... (Substitutions)

How to make a casserole from what's on hand ● Ingredient substitutions ● Cooking with dry beans ● Is it safe to refreeze meat that has thawed● ● Making a meal with what's on hand ● What can I pack my kids for lunch● ● 5 apple recipes & apple usage chart ● Tray-freezing apple slices for later use ● Plan, Shop, Fix, Eat Video


Tomato Basil Bruchetta ● Greek Rice Salad ● Cooking with Fresh Herbs ● Pinto Bean Salad Dip Chicken Strata a la King (& variations) ● Secrets to making great-tasting green tea ● Summertime Steak Salad ● Freezing Onions (no blanching needed!) ● Peach Raspberry Smoothie (& 8 other smoothies!) ● Freezing Raw Tomatoes (with or without their skins) ● Freezing Peppers (no blanching needed!) ● Interactive Beverage Guide to Sugars


UNL Food Features

(Updated April 6, 2014)