It's the season for fresh fruits and veggies! Farmers' markets, gardens, CSA boxes and baskets all beckon with ripe and ready produce. More fresh produce is available in grocery stores with a greater number of stores sourcing some fruits and vegetables locally for peak flavors.

My co-workers and I want to help you enjoy all the sumptuous summer produce by giving you fresh-tasting recipes and tips throughout the season. You'll find my first set of recommendations and recipes in this newsletter. During the next three months, I'll be covering everything from snacks, salads, side dishes, smoothies, main dishes, and more!

Except for 2 recipes with 6 ingredients, all the recipes are made with 5 or less common ingredients (does NOT count water, salt, pepper and cooking oil).

Cook It Quick's Goal

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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. 

Feel free to use/adapt Cook It Quick  material when an article is written entirely by me for your own articles, blogs, handouts, etc. An example credit line is:  Authored by or Adapted from Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Cook It Quick web materials. 



Simple Delicious Snap Peas (Nutrition Know How Blog)

Simple Delicious Snap Peas Recipe


Baked Kale Chips

baked kale chips recipe


Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing (NDSU Extension Service)

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing recipe


Creamy Dip for Veggies (K-State Research & Extension)

Veggie dip



Tabbouleh (mint, parsley, green onions, tomatoes, cucumbers)

Tabbouleh recipe


Summertime Steak Salad

Summertime Steak Salad Recipe


Eggplant with Tomatoes
(5 ingredients)

Eggplant and Tomatoes recipe


Chicken Fajitas (Iowa State University Extension & Outreach)

chicken fajitas recipe



Freezing Bell, Sweet & Hot Peppers (no blanching needed!)

Green peppers


Keep Your Cool (in the kitchen) this Summer! (Nutrition Know How Blog)

Cooktop stove

Food Safety

Become a Produce Pro (Nutrition Know How Blog)

Vegetable sticks in a cup

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