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Extension - Food and Nutrition


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See if you qualify for a wide variety of assistance programs. Some programs are fuel assistance, earned income credit and food programs such as food support (SNAP), school meal programs and WIC (for women infants and children): 

A link to ideas for festive, delicious and food-safe celebrations (includes recipes, games and decoration ideas).  English or Spanish food safety video:  


Site for parents and caregivers to learn to eat better and be more physically active with your children.  Many recipes available with information in both English and Spanish:  



Pumpkin isn’t just for pie!

Pumpkin is very high in Vitamin A and has 280% of the vitamin A you need each day in just ½ cup of canned pumpkin.  Vitamin A tends to be found in the dark orange and green fruits and vegetables.  Vitamin A is not only important for our eyesight but it also helps to boost our immune system. 

Having a good diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals along with frequent hand washing makes it much less likely that you will get sick.  In an October 2007 article in Food and Fitness put out by Iowa State University they said that a hand washing study done with school age children in Detroit, Michigan showed dramatic results.

The children who washed their hands 4 times a day (when they got to school, before lunch, after recess and before leaving school) had 24% fewer sick days due to respiratory illness and 51% fewer sick days because of stomach upset then the children that were in classrooms without the scheduled washing.  It does pay to wash your hands often.

Eating fruits and vegetables (including pumpkin) along with washing your hands frequently will give you an edge in staying healthy this winter.

Yummy Pumpkin Cookies
1 (18 ¼ ounce) box spice cake mix
1 (15 ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly spray cookie sheets with vegetable spray
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix and the canned pumpkin until well blended.  Stir in one of the optional ingredients if desired.
  • Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet.  Note:  cookies don’t flatten out in cooking so how they look on the baking sheet is how they will look after baking.
  • Bake for 8-15 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.
  • Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the cookie sheet before removing them to wire racks to cool completely.

Optional Ingredients:  ½ cup raisins, 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or 2 cups of lightly steamed and finely chopped broccoli slaw. 
Yield:  36 cookies with each cookie having 65 calories, 3% total fat, 0% cholesterol, 3% sodium, 11.5 % carbohydrate, 1% fiber, 17% vitamin A, 4% iron. 

Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup
2 Tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
3 cups chicken broth*
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (15 ounces each) canned pumpkin
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
In soup pot, sauté onions in oil.  Add the broth, tomatoes, black beans and pumpkin.  Stir to combine ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and stir in the milk, curry powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.  Simmer 5 minutes and serve. 

NOTE:  Instead of buying chicken broth it is more convenient and inexpensive to purchase chicken soup base and use 1 teaspoon soup base to 1 cup water.  This works well in recipes that call for chicken or vegetable broth.

Pumpkin Pie minus Crust
To save calories, time and work simply make your regular pumpkin pie but stir in ½ cup of graham cracker crumbs to the batter.  Lightly spray your pie pan and pour the batter in and bake as usual.  When cooled the pie can be cut and looks like a regular piece of pumpkin pie but with an invisible crust.
Note: It takes about 5 small graham cracker squares to make ½ cup of graham cracker crumbs. 

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