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Cooking at Home - Soft Pretzels

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Makes:   12 servings 

A great snack to make with kids.  Perfect to dip in mustard for a savory pretzel, or a low-fat vanilla yogurt for a sweet treat. 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (100-110 degrees F)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon sugar
  sesame seeds (2 Tablespoons, optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425degF. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.

Cooking at Home - Minestrone Soup

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A cholesterol-free classic Italian vegetable soup brimming with fiber-rich beans, peas, and carrots.

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced, or 1/8 tsp garlic powder

1 1/3 cups onion, coarsely chopped

11/2 cups celery and leaves, coarsely chopped

1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1 cup sliced carrots, fresh or frozen

43/4 cups cabbage, shredded

1 can (1 lb) tomatoes, cut up

1 cup canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

11/2 cups frozen peas

Recipe - Banana Berry Muffins

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Makes:   12 Servings 

Ingredients

  non-stick cooking spray
4 tablespoons applesauce
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons egg mix
2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup blueberries or strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions

Recipe: Harvest Chopped Salad

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Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. Spring has sprung and tender greens are poking through the ground.  Colorado grows a wide variety of greens, both field and greenhouse, such as arugula, kale, collard and different types of lettuce. Romaine lettuce is sodium free, high in Vitamin A and a good source of folate. Look for Colorado greens at your local grocery store, farmers' market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.

Recipe - Applesauce

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Cook time: 35 minutes

Makes:   10 servings 

Homemade applesauce, an easy treat to make, is a wonderful side dish or dessert option.

Ingredients

7 apple (cut in quarters)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

Directions

1. Wash and then cut apples in quarters. Apples can be peeled, but fiber will be decreased.

2. Combine apples and water in saucepan. Heat to boiling. Turn heat to low as soon as the water is boiling.

Recipe - Easy Beef Supper

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Makes:   6 Servings 

This is a favorite southwestern dish. Serve with vegetables for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 onion (small,chopped)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
2 cans low-sodium tomatoes (diced, drained, about 30 ounces)
1 cup macaroni (uncooked)
2 1/2 cups low-sodium tomato juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano (optional)
1 can low-sodium kidney beans (drained)

Directions

Recipe - Anytime Pizza

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Makes:   2 servings 

Make your own pizza topped with green peppers, mushrooms, or other vegetables.

Ingredients

1/4 mini baguette or Italian bread (split lengthwise, or 2 split English muffins)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese (part-skim, shredded)
1/4 cup green pepper (chopped)
1/4 cup mushrooms (fresh or canned, sliced)
  vegetable toppings (other, as desired, optional)
  Italian seasoning (optional)

Directions