What things come to mind when you hear the word stress? Your answer may be different than that of a friend, family member, or coworker, but regardless of what you associate with stress, it has many poor health consequences. April is Stress Awareness Month, so let’s make ourselves aware of some of the health consequences associated with stress and also some exercise-related strategies for combating it.   In addition to having different causes of stress, people have different responses to … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Homemade enchilada sauce is nice and easy—and lets you control the amount of fat and salt added, which makes it a good choice over a canned sauce. If you like, double or triple the amount here and freeze it in batches for future use. The most authentic recipes use dried chiles, which are toasted, then rehydrated and blended with water or stock and garlic. But for today’s purposes, we are using a shortcut—ancho chili powder, which you can find in … continued…

Beef Enchiladas
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Being a fitness professional, many people assume I have always been active and loved anything to do with exercise. Interestingly enough, that is not the case! I was the kid in school who dreaded PE class. I thought it was ridiculous that they could actually make you run a mile. I was always one of the slowest people to finish and felt like I was going to fall over as soon as I got done. I wasn’t overweight, and it … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Spring is finally here so it’s time to start thinking about planting. The thought of having a bed of lettuce outside my back door is so exciting! I was so blessed to grow up on my family’s farm and I constantly go to my Dad, the farmer, for advice on lots of things but especially gardening. Lettuce is one of the first things you can plant in early spring. For the longest growing season, aim to plant it about 1 … continued…

planter
Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD

The month of March is certainly a celebration of reading! It’s officially National March into Literacy month. March 3rd was the 17th annual Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association. And this all coincides with the birthday of the renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss, born on March 2, 1904. Whew — that’s a lot going on!   I’m an avid reader and have been since I was a kid. So, around my house, we read every day. … continued…

Back to School Pam Freeman

What if you replaced crust with ground beef? You get a crustless, spinach-filled “pie,” that’s what. I saw a breakfast recipe using sausage that inspired me to try this–and I was looking for a way to make something spinach-filled to celebrate National Spinach Day. This is a fun way to serve up something that will keep the low-carbers happy. I used regular-sized muffin tins, but you could make tiny little pies by pressing the beef into mini-muffin tins and filling … continued…

Mini Beef and Spinach Pies
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Back in October we talked about the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day, even for people who get the recommended amount of exercise each week. Studies show that being sedentary for most of the day has poor health consequences. Check out the Get Up and Moving! post. For many people, the amount of activity they can get at work is seemingly limited by having to get most things done at a desk or on a computer. Here … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

Let’s make March the time to take stock and do some spring cleaning in the kitchen. Here are a few tasks for your list.   1. Check smoke alarm batteries. Fire departments everywhere try to remind us to change the batteries with the spring fall seasons… check your batteries and change ‘em.   2. Along the same safety line, think about adding a small fire extinguisher to your kitchen. Keep it handy below your sink or next to your range. … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I use wonton wrappers to escape making pasta, but if you like to make your own pasta sheets, by all means, do! The wonton wrappers are surprisingly easy to handle. One tip for any leftovers: if you have to store leftover ravioli, try to store them sauced in a single layer—they tend to stick together when stacked.   Prep time: About 25 minutes Cook time: About 20 minutes Makes about 32 ravioli   Sauce: 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 … continued…

Beef Raviloi
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This recipe packs a lot of flavor from few ingredients. It is simple to prepare. Clean and chop the mushrooms and give the tomatoes a rinse, and since you cook the vegetables in the same pan as the steak, clean up is simple too. For March, grape tomatoes are the way to go, as they always seem sweet, no matter the season. Prep time: about 5 minutes Cook time: about 15 minutes Serves 4   2 teaspoons olive oil 1 … continued…

Sirloin with Wild Mushrooms Tomatoes
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