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Baked fish with spinach, tomatoes, and onions sits on a plate.
August 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

August is National Catfish Month! There are many delicious ways to cook catfish, and this recipe helps you get those daily vegetable servings checked off your list. Support Mississippi’s catfish producers and buy locally raised catfish.

A muddy field with standing water in its furrows.
August 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Farm Safety, Health, The PROMISE Initiative

Between her job and her home, Tracey Porter has not had a break from dealing with flooding in the last six months.

Porter is the deputy director of the Warren County Emergency Management Agency, and her husband, Rodney, farms in the southern Mississippi Delta. Excessive rain last winter and spring kept 250,000 acres of farmland out of production this year. During the time when he would normally prepare for planting season, Rodney Porter was building sandbag levees to protect flood waters from invading their home. She helped him when she was not on the clock assisting other affected people in her community.

apple slices on cutting board.
August 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health

As students and parents get back into the swing of school, it is time to start thinking about quick and easy snacks to refuel you or your kids throughout the day!

Today, I want to show you a quick and easy way to cut an apple!

Foil wrapped potatoes in a slow cooker.
August 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Who says you can’t have “baked potatoes” in the summertime?

I love baked potatoes, but I hate heating up the oven when the summer sun is sizzling. That’s when my slow cooker comes to the rescue! It’s fast and easy to wash, oil, and foil potatoes before work in the morning. Then, when I come home, I can add my healthy toppings and have a meal in no time.

An array of ingredients in glass bowls, including romaine lettuce, onion, diced red pepper, Mexicorn, diced tomato, black beans, salsa, cooked diced chicken breast, and mozzarella cheese, surround a blue and white plate bearing four halves of whole wheat pita bread.
July 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

When the weather heats up, it’s good to have a plan for those nights when you just don’t want to heat up the kitchen. This recipe is perfect for summer nights, for picky eaters (because everyone can decide what they want in their pita), and for healthy eaters. #winning

A small child runs barefoot through tall grass and has red insect bites on his calf.
July 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects

Being outside in the summertime can feel like a battle against nature. Mosquitoes. Ticks. Chiggers. (Photo by CanStock)

A woman stands in a kitchen while holding a can of reduced fat cream of chicken soup.
July 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Nutrition

If you’ve ever been told you need to cut fat from your diet and wondered how to do it, this post is for you!

Fat, especially saturated fat, plays a role in heart health. Increased blood cholesterol is tied to heart disease, so finding ways to reduce saturated fat is important.

July 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Farm Safety, Food Safety

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms will host a field day at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station July 19.

A steamed salmon filet sprinkled with onions and dill sits atop roasted vegetables.
June 28, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Have you ever heard someone praise the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, but wondered what to cook? This delicious fish recipe, cooked with an assortment of tasty vegetables, fits the bill! Fish, healthy oils, and plenty of vegetables are key parts of the Mediterranean diet. Served with a side of whole-grain couscous or pasta, you’ve got a feast ready in about 45 minutes. 

Angel food cake with strawberries, cool whip, and strawberries on a green plate.
June 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Ever since I started hosting The Food Factor, I’ve been getting curious looks at the grocery store. Other shoppers will recognize me and look in my buggy to see what I’m buying. People assume that I must always eat healthy foods, or I never have dessert.

A grilled burrito topped with salsa and a green salad with tomato served on a multicolored plate.
June 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

With all of the delicious, fresh vegetables available this time of year at great prices, vegetable burritos are a fast, farmers market-friendly meal you can whip up in no time. While Southwest-inspired recipes can hide a lot of calories, a few substitutions can keep you from breaking the calorie bank. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

graphic showing items that need to be refrigerated
June 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety

Ketchup and maple syrup often sit on the table at your favorite local restaurant. But at home, these items – and many others you might not think about – really belong in the refrigerator.

Three grocery store fridge doors are stocked with 1- and 2-gallon jugs of milk with red tops and labels.
May 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Dairy, Food, Nutrition

National Dairy Month is a great time to consider the numerous health benefits dairy products provide and how supporting the industry indirectly helps a variety of people.

Two large, red farm machines sit in a partially harvested rice field under a dark-blue sky with lowering clouds
May 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, Rural Health

To help confront mental health issues facing the nation today, the Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering unique first aid training to all its employees.

A 10-month-old baby eats homemade baby food.
May 17, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Making your own baby food can be a great way to save money and capture fresh fruits and vegetables at their peak flavor. This means top nutrition and exciting new food experiences for your baby. (Besides, you know some of those baby food flavor combinations gross you out. When you make your own, you have full control!)

A man on the left and a woman on the right stand in an atrium and hold a framed document with a gold seal.
May 15, 2019 - Filed Under: EFNEP

JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant named May 14, 2019, a day to recognize 50 years of successful programing by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, or EFNEP.

Caramelized onions in a black cast iron skillet.
May 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Loads of recipes call for caramelized onions, but have you ever made them?

The good news is they add a lot of flavor to soups and meat dishes. (Liver and onions always go together for a reason!)

 A mixture of small broccoli florets, diced carrots, eggs and cheese baked as a frittata in a large black cast-iron skillet.
May 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Remember when you bought that head of broccoli on sale, but didn’t have a plan for it? Wash it, chop it, and let’s get dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

Frittatas are not just for fancy brunches! This nutritious, one-pan meal can be made with whatever vegetables you have on hand, though broccoli is one of my favorites. And it comes together so quickly, you’ll be out of the kitchen in no time!

A small clear glass bowl holds baked oatmeal with blueberries and a stainless steel spoon.
April 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Some mornings, it’s hard for me to make healthy breakfast choices. Whether I’m running out of time or tempted by a hot breakfast sandwich from the local fast food restaurant drive-through, preparing ahead of time helps me stay on track. I may even start experimenting by adding bananas in the pan first or swapping honey for the brown sugar.

A display of produce including red raspberries in a small clear glass bowl, green broccoli florets in a small clear glass bowl, 2 red apples behind the bowls. Does that work?
April 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

I get it. You’re busy. It’s hard to squeeze a lot of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.

And, if you’re like me, when you hear a recommended number of daily servings, you just want to roll your eyes.

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