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Grilling Fruits and Vegetables

Want to get your family to eat more fruits and vegetables? Try grilling them!

The heat from the grill caramelizes the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables, giving them a tasty and sweeter flavor.

I had the opportunity to visit with a representative from Weber grills who is coming to my hometown — Lincoln, Nebraska — to show their new Husker-themed grills at the Nebraska-Oregon football game. Their Chef and Grill Specialist Tyler Selhorst will be on hand to talk about grilling and tailgating tips.

Grilled meat is the first food that usually comes to mind for tailgating and grilling. To round out the meal with more foods from the grill, I asked Weber for some tips for grilling fruits and vegetables.

Grilling Fruit

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Grilling fruit (Image courtesy of Weber grills)

Here are some general tips for grilling fruits from Weber.

  1. First preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes and then brush the grates clean.
  2. Prep whatever fruit you choose (rinse and peel/slice if necessary).
  3. Set the grill temperature between 350-450 F. (Alice’s note: This is a medium heat)
  4. Place fruit on the grill or in grill basket. Large slices can go directly on the grill, but small fruits like blueberries or raspberries will need to be placed in your grill basket.
  5. Grill fruit for about 6-8 minutes. The larger fruits may need an extra few minutes in order to really caramelize the fruit. (Alice’s note: Find sizes and approximate times for grilling various fruits here)
  6. Remove and serve!

Grilling Vegetables

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Grilling vegetables (Image courtesy of Weber grills)

As easy way to grill vegetables is in a stainless steel vegetable basket. The basket prevents smaller vegetables from falling through the grill grate.

Weber gives these basic directions for grilling vegetables in a vegetable basket.

Location of Weber Tailgate at September 17 Husker Game

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Husker-themed grill (Image courtesy of Weber grills)

If you’d like to get some grilling and tailgating tips from Weber’s Chef and to see the Husker-themed grill, stop by their Tailgate, September 17 before the Nebraska-Oregon football game. They’ll be tailgating on Stadium Drive, on the west side of Memorial Stadium from 11:30 a.m. on Saturday until kickoff (2:30 p.m.)

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

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Roasted Vegetable Pasta (Photo by Alice Henneman)

While I enjoy cooking, I like lingering over a meal of good-tasting food even more! When I received, my latest CSA box from Pekarek’s Produce, I was originally going to create some type of roasted tomato sauce with the cherry tomatoes. Roasting adds an extra layer of flavor to foods.

Then, I thought again … and decided why not roast the zucchini and yellow pepper also. And, only have to cook once to enjoy all of these foods.

And that’s what I did … it was so easy and so delicious! Here are the directions …

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Sprinkle on Cheese for Added Nutrition and Taste

 

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Corn Chowder with Cheese


One of the staples I keep in my refrigerator is shredded cheese. Shredded cheese is a tasty way to add calcium to foods. An added bonus is it often adds an extra splash of color such as in this soup.

Other foods I enhance with a sprinkle of cheese include:

  • Salads
  • Omelets
  • Bean dishes
  • Baked potatoes
  • Nachos
  • Tacos
  • Casseroles
  • Pasta

Shredded cheese comes in several varieties and is available in both regular and reduced fat versions.

So … if you’re looking for an easy way to kick up the flavor, nutrition and color of foods, just SAY CHEESE!

(Note: Find the recipe for the Corn Chowder in “What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl. It’s really quick and easy to make and is thickened by the addition of low-sodium cream style corn.) 

 

Versatile Coleslaw

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This recipe will help you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Cabbage can be steamed, baked, or stuffed, as well as eaten raw.
Makes: 6 servings (approximately 1 cup, each)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 carrot (cleaned, peeled, and shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (or dry mustard seed)
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed (if you like)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the shredded cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl add mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt. If using celery seed, add that too.
  3. Mix the cabbage and carrots well with the dressing.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

Source: Available at www.usda.gov/whatscooking and adapted from food.com

Alice’s Notes: This is a very basic coleslaw recipe that can be made from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, especially the dressing ingredients. Possible alternative purchased salad dressings include: classic coleslaw dressing, ranch dressing and poppy seed dressing. Other ingredients you could add include:

  • Sliced or diced apples
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Diced green pepper
  • Raisins or dried cranberries
  • Green onions
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Pineapple

 

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Dietetic student Beth Menhusen and I taped this video (our first!) of how to make a Spinach and Strawberry Salad. Then, we ate it! We hope you enjoy!

Check out more of what Beth is doing on her blog: bethtalksnutrition.weebly.com

 

 

 

Baked Lentils Casserole

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(This blog was created by guest blogger, Mollie Stover, a nutrition exercise health science and dietetic student at the Univerity of Nebraska-Lincoln.)

Are you interested in incorporating more nutritious, meatless meals into your diet?  If you are, this Lentil Casserole is an excellent recipe for you.

This quick and easy recipe provides a delectable lentil-vegetable medley that is rich in protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron.

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  • Yield: 5 servings
  • Cooking time: 1 hour
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils (rinsed)
  • ¾ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (16 ounces)
  • 2 thinly chopped carrots
  • ½ shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Rinse lentils in a colanderLentils 5 - Colander 2
  3. Combine lentils, water, onion, tomatoes, and seasoningLentils 7 - Tomato and Onion 2
  4. Cover tightly with tinfoil or a lid and bake for 30 minutesLentils 9 - Foil 2
  5. Remove from oven and stir in carrots Lentils 8 - Carrot Addition 2
  6. Cover once again and place in oven for an additional 30 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on topLentils 10 - Cheese 2
  8. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Source: University of Wisconsin, Cooperative Extension Service

 

 

BBQ Chicken Pizza

FinishedThis blog was created by Mollie Sievers, a junior Nutrition and Dietetics major at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

When thinking of pizza, most people think of the standard pizzas: cheese, pepperoni, sausage. But pizzas can be fun and unique for each person. This new take on pizzas is light, healthy, and quick enough to be the perfect afternoon snack for all ages!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients
Ingredients:
• 6 English Muffins
• ¾ cup BBQ sauce
• 1 ½ cups chicken (cooked and diced)
• ¾ cup shredded cheese
• 1 chopped bell pepper

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 450ᵒ.

2. Measure out all ingredients.

3. Slice English muffins in half and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

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4. Spread BBQ sauce on English muffins.

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5. Top with remaining ingredients.

Before Baking

6. Bake at 450ᵒ for 7-12 minutes (or until cheese is melted).

7. Enjoy!

All Finished

Recipe source http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/bbq-chicken-pizza

 

Jiffy Oatmeal Crunch

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This blog was created by guest blogger, Khara Krueger, a dietetic student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

If you’re looking for a quick, delicious, and inexpensive treat, this recipe is for you! This dish can be made up in about 20 minutes and it’s easy to eat on the run. These Oatmeal Jiffy Crunch squares will take care of your sweet tooth without the added calories and fat! There are only 80 calories per square and the dietary fiber in them will help you feel fuller longer. The great thing about the Oatmeal Crunch is that you probably already have most of the ingredients in your cabinets! I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups quick oats (uncooked)
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 in baking pan.

2. In large skillet, melt butter and brown sugar.

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3. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.

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4. Spread into pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.

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5. Cut into squares

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Cost:

  • Per recipe:  $2.15
  • Per serving:  $0.07

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Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cookies

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This blog was created by guest blogger, Brittany Spieker, a dietetic student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Are you looking for a healthier cookie recipe that has a little more nutritional value than the “cookie cutter” cookies? Then Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cookies are for you!

This recipe contains yogurt to add extra protein, calcium, and moisture. Replacing part of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour increases nutrients such as fiber, B vitamins, Vitamin E, healthy fats, and several minerals.

Happy baking!

Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cookies

This one.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup yogurt (non-fat, plain)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour (all-purpose)
1 cup flour (whole wheat)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips (miniature)

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

This one.2. In a large bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, and margarine; beat until light and fluffy.

IMG_30213. Add yogurt and vanilla; blend well. Stir flour and baking soda; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.

This one.4. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2-inches apart onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until light and golden brown.

IMG_30395. Cool 1 minute from cookie sheets.

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Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/chocolate-chip-yogurt-cookies

Quick Granola Bars

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(This blog was created by guest blogger, Beth Menhusen, a dietetic student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Beth also has her own Blog, bethtalksnutrition.weebly.com)

Most of us know that it’s super easy to grab a packaged granola bar on our way out the door, but did you know that you can quickly make your own? This recipe is loaded with nutrients, is cheaper, and has fewer preservatives!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Peel and grate the carrots. For a little extra money, you could buy a bag of carrot shreds and make this process even faster.

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3. Measure your peanut butter and honey and mix together in a large sauce pan. Cook on low heat until melted.

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4. Remove the pan from heat and turn off the burner.

5. Add oatmeal, raisins, carrots, and coconut to the saucepan. Stir well, and let it cool until you can safely touch it with your hands.

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6. Put the mix into the baking and press firmly into the bottom.

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7. Bake for 25 minutes and then cut into 24 square bars. If you want long rectangular bars like what you purchase at the store, then use a larger, thinner pan.

Recipe Source: Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Program, Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network
Website Recipe, http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/granola-bars