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Food Blog Posts

Closeup of a dial on a pressure canner.

May 17, 2024

Home canning is an economical way to preserve the bounty of your garden. This Q&A may answer some questions for you, whether you’re new to canning or you’ve been canning for years.

A woman stands behind a kitchen counter with a variety of foods displayed.

May 15, 2024

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a significant risk factor for heart disease. However, healthy lifestyle choices can reduce or eliminate your risk.

A plate of PBJ Nachos

May 9, 2024

These simple five-minute peanut butter and jelly apple nachos are the perfect treat!

A woman stands in front of a kitchen counter filled with food products.

April 16, 2024

While there can be many barriers to healthier eating, getting the proper nutrition is not overly complicated. Start with these basic tips to help you start and maintain a healthier diet.

A woman stands in a kitchen and holds a bowl of Cinnamon Fried Pineapple

April 9, 2024

If you have a craving for a tasty, tropical-inspired dessert that is super easy to make, I've got you covered!

Two Microwave Denver Scramble Sliders sit on a plate on a kitchen countertop.

April 2, 2024

Craving a breakfast sandwich? This recipe only takes 6 minutes to prepare! That's less time than you'll spend in the fast-food drive-thru!

A woman stands in a kitchen holding a plate of salmon patties for the camera.

March 22, 2024

These Lemon Pepper Salmon Patties are an easy, quick, and delicious way to incorporate this tasty and healthy fish into your menu rotation.

A woman stands in kitchen with a cell phone displaying a web page.

March 13, 2024

This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month inspires us to look “Beyond the Table” when thinking about our health and the environment. Check out Qula's tips for being mindful as we buy and consume foods.

A woman holds a jar of Honey Mustard Dressing in a kitchen.

March 5, 2024

You'll want to keep this homemade Honey Mustard Dressing on hand in your kitchen.

A woman stands in a kitchen and holds a serving of Chicken with Peachy Ginger Sauce.

February 20, 2024

Who says peaches are just for dessert? Slow Cooker Chicken with Peachy Ginger Sauce is a perfect meal for those busy workdays!

A woman stands in a kitchen with high-fiber foods on the counter.

February 13, 2024

Has your doctor ever recommended more fiber in your diet? Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. Research shows that most Americans don't get enough. These tips can help you get the recommended amount.

a bowl of Buffalo Chicken Dip stis on a plate surrounded by celery stalks

February 6, 2024

This tangy, creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip will become a party favortie!https://food.unl.edu/recipe/gameday-buffalo-chicken-dip

A bowl of Egg Roll in a Bowl.

January 23, 2024

Skip the takeout. Try this simple, tasty twist on on egg rolls.

A woman sits at a table with various food products with Nutrition Facts labels displayed.

January 16, 2024

Do you want to improve your eating habits this year? One of first things you can do is learn how to read the Nutrition Facts labels on the foods you buy. These tips will help you.

A bowl of Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup.

January 9, 2024

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup is the perfect cozy soup thanks to the protein-rich beef and abundance of nutritious vegetables.

A woman stands in a kitchen

December 12, 2023

The holidays don't have to sabotage your healthy diet habits. Check out these tips that can help you stay focused during this festive season.

Hands hold a plate with a slice of sweet potato cheese pie

December 5, 2023

Love cheesecake, but don’t want all the fat and calories that come with it? Sweet Potato Cheese Pie has all the flavor of cheesecake without all the guilt.

A woman stands in a kitchen with a bowl of rice pilaf posing for the camera.

November 21, 2023

Savor the flavors of fall in this rice pilaf dish, made with dried fruit and sage.

A woman standing at a kitchen counter smiles at the camera.

November 14, 2023

Have you have been diagnosed with diabetes? Do you live with or care for someone with diabetes? Or do you just want to learn how to eat healthier? If you answered yes to any of these questions, MSU Extension’s Dining with Diabetes program is for you.

A woman stands in front of the stove with a bowl of Catfish Gumbo.

November 8, 2023

Catfish doesn’t have to be fried to be delicious! Enjoy it simmered in this tasty gumbo to get the protein, vitamins, and minerals without the added fat from frying.





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Recent Posts

Closeup of a dial on a pressure canner.
Some foods must be canned using a pressure canner to kill bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.
Home Canning Q&A
A woman stands behind a kitchen counter with a variety of foods displayed.
Adding more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet is one way to reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
Tips to Manage High Blood Pressure
A plate of PBJ Nachos
PBJ Nachos are a fun and nutritious fruit snack!
The Food Factor: Slammin’ Graham PBJ Nachos