Cook It Quick's Goal
Our goal is to make you "hungry for healthy food" by offering tips and delicious, quick-to-prepare, inexpensive recipes.
Preparing these recipes and using the tips will help you increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. At the same time, you will reduce sodium, solid fats, and calories. Food safety tips are included.
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Homemade Food Gifts
Holiday Crunch Mix (Source: Wheat Foods Council)
Food Mixes in Jars (Source: North Dakota State University Extension Service)
Homemade Beverage Mixes (Source: North Dakota State University Extension Service)
California Walnut Granola (Source: California Walnuts)
(Make this granola shortly before you give it for the best flavor. The California Walnut Commission suggests printing the following tip out on a piece of paper; hole-punch the corner of the paper and attach it to the container with a ribbon, "Storage tip: This recipe will maintain its freshness by storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month."
Red & Green Holiday Pizza: Sprinkle bits of red and green peppers on a pizza before baking it.
(Image: Scott Meyer, Christmas Eve Pizza at the Meyer House, CC-NC-SA-2.0 license)
Red & Green Fruit Salad: Mix together red & green fruits such as apples, grapes, strawberries and kiwi.
(Image: Branda Gottsabend, CC BY-NC 2.0)
Red & Green Vegetable Salad: There are lots of red and green vegetables to choose from — tomatoes, lettuce, celery, radishes, peppers, red onions, cabbage (red & green), broccoli, and more.
(Image: Joe Lodge, Salad, CC by 2.0)
Guacamole with Tomatoes: Mix small, chopped pieces of tomatoes into guacamole or top with small tomato pieces
(Image: jmackinnell, guacamole, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Is Your Homemade Food Gift Safe to Eat? (Source: University of Minnesota Extension)
Mailing Food Gifts (Source: University of Minnesota Extension)