Meet Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program
Throughout Indiana, the Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program works to improve the nutrition and health of audiences with limited resources. We provide free nutrition education lessons to schools and community groups, and engage with community partners on broader community change. Learn More »
Heroes. Real People. Real Tips. Meet Brenda
Brenda shares with you why she decided to become an nutrition educator and share helpful, money saving tips to the community.
My Favorite Success Story with Bonnie Zeilenga
Bonnie Zeilenga shares how she has made lifelong friends through teaching lessons.
Meet Chris Clark | Nutrition Education Program Assistant
Chris Clark talks about why what she does is so rewarding.
Meet Patty Sanders | Nutrition Education Program Assistant
Patty Sanders talks about why her lessons are so exciting.
Meet Jena Stroud | Nutrition Education Program Assistant
Jena Stroud shares some of her favorite tips on how to get kids to eat healthier foods.
NEP Lessons | Nutrition Education Program Director, Melissa Maulding
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There’s nothing ordinary about this family-pleasing chili. We called it “weeknight” because you can make it easily and quickly after a long day of work, but you might like to serve it on weekends, too.
Watermelon Blueberry Salad
When summer is peaking, nothing is more refreshing than a salad made from watermelon and blueberries.
Tilapia with Tomato-Mango Relish
This island-style fish draws on the best of Jamaica — fish coated with jerk seasoning and topped with tropical fruits.
Stir-Fried Beef and Beans
No need for takeout! Use this easy recipe to create a delicious stir-fry entrée in your own kitchen. It combines bright green veggies, steak or ground beef, and a savory sauce.
Spinach and Polenta Gratin
Comfort food? Yes. Ordinary? No. This Italian-inspired recipe layers simple polenta with spinach, marinara sauce and cheese, making this casserole a family favorite.
Spicy Shrimp and Pasta
The spiciness in this recipe comes from crushed red pepper flakes—the freshness from both lemon peel and lemon juice. All the ingredients combine into an elegant, but oh, so-simple-to-prepare entrée
This Italian classic just got simple enough to make in under an hour. Cook the lean ground beef or turkey, and then, gently boil it with onion, garlic, tomatoes and herbs for a family-pleasing sauce.
South-of-the-Border Orange Roughy
When your schedule is hectic, serve these simple, but certainly not plain, fish fillets for dinner. Salsa and cheese turn baked fish into a family-pleasing main dish.
Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole
This spicy casserole satisfies any time of the year. In the summer, a slow cooker adds less heat to your kitchen than an oven. And in the winter, a warm casserole welcomes everyone home after sledding or shoveling the drive.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
No doubt about it—tacos are a crowd-pleasing meal. Using this recipe, just toss 3 ingredients into your slow cooker early in the day. When it’s time to eat, shred the chicken and serve it with taco shells and the condiments of your choice.
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Perfect for a Sunday night supper on a cool evening, this chicken chili will satisfy even the most demanding appetites.
Slow Cooker Beef-Barley Soup
Frozen vegetables are the secret to speedy preparation in this quick soup, while condensed French onion soup lends both savory and slightly sweet flavors to the mix.
A quick-toss of creamy salad dressing, onion, fresh vegetables and salmon makes assembling this salad a breeze. Serve it over chopped lettuce and sliced tomatoes for a colorful, refreshing entrée.
Roasted Pork with Apples and Onions
Turn on the oven and get ready to roast! All the ingredients for this delicious meal are spread on one shallow baking pan, which allows them to develop tantalizing flavors in 30 minutes or less.
Roasted Onion and Vegetables
Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables. These earthy and elegant roasted vegetables balance out about any entrée.
Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Roast chicken, cauliflower and red bell pepper in a glaze of honey mustard seasoned with curry powder and red pepper.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Ham
With apples for sweet and ham for savory, this vegetable- and fruit-packed entrée is a taste sensation.
Quick Fix Taco Salad
No need for dressing with the saucy taco meat mixture atop this salad. But, if you want little something extra, try adding a bit of ranch salad dressing.
One of the best things about potato salad is its versatility. Here, you mix simple potatoes with yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, celery and red onion to make a basic salad. Then, you stir in a few ingredients (see “Change of Pace” notes below) to add your signature to the salad. Everyone will want your recipe!
Pork Noodle Bowl
Make this Oriental-style noodle bowl easily in your own kitchen. The simple combination of cut-up pork, broccoli slaw, whole grain pasta and salad dressing satisfies young and old alike.
Pork and Nectarine Picadillo
You’ll say “adios” to plain old ground meat and salsa after you taste one bite of this dynamite combination of savory meat infused with salsa, fruit and ground cinnamon.
Peachy Barbecue Chicken
Thanks to the hard work of a slow cooker, this savory entrée, made with just 6 ingredients, packs serious flavor into simple chicken and rice.
Oven fried Veggies
Serve these crispy-coated, vegetables instead of French fries with a sandwich or on their own as a snack. Vegetables never tasted so good!
Orange Butternut Squash
Enjoy the healthy goodness of winter squash with this recipe. Bake the squash until it’s tender, and then coat it with a sweetened orange-cinnamon glaze.
One Pot Pasta
No need to boil the pasta separately for this easy, one-dish dinner. Just stir the dry pasta into the gently boiling ground meat mixture. In just a few minutes, dinner will be ready to serve.
Mu Shu Turkey and Cabbage Wraps
Try comfort food, Oriental style! This easy tortilla wrap uses hoisin sauce to spice up a mixture of ground meat and vegetables.
Mexican Rice Breakfast Bowl
Rice and beans aren’t just for dinner! Give your breakfast a bit of pizazz with this zesty bowl of brown rice, beans, salsa, cheese and avocado.
These tacos combine south-of-the-border flavor with an abundance of fresh veggies. Shop for dry lentils in the dry bean aisle at your local grocery store.
Heroes. Real People. Real Tips. Meet Shannon
Shannon discusses why she is so thankful for the free classes and how they have helped keep her family healthy on a budget.
Heroes. Real People. Real Tips. Meet Jessica
Jessica talks about how healthy meals and easy-to-do exercise helps her keep pace with her very active son.
Heroes. Real People. Real Tips. Meet Jeannie
Jeannie shares her incredibly inspirational story, plus tips on how to save money and make healthy meals the whole family will love.
Grilled Burgers with Slaw
Have it your way—just serve plain grilled burgers or brush them with barbecue sauce and add a slice of cheese. Either way, these burgers are sure to become family favorites.
Garden Scrambled Eggs
When your garden (or farmers market) is filling your produce basket to overflowing, try stirring some chopped vegetables into your scrambled eggs.
French Vegetable Omelet
Go beyond the ordinary! Instead of the usual omelet fillings, often laden with fat and calories, try filling your omelet with one of these lightly sautéed, flavorful vegetables.
Eggplant and Saucy Beans
This vegetarian main dish gets its influence from Mediterranean cuisine—crispy-coated eggplant topped with a saucy mixture of white beans and pasta sauce.
Egg and Spinach Wedges
Eggs and cheese loaded with chopped spinach make an easy and scrumptious weeknight dinner or casual Sunday supper.
Easy Tortellini Soup
Tender spinach and carrots team with cheese tortellini in this Italian-inspired soup. Serve it piping hot for a quick and hearty supper.
Easy Spinach Lasagna
Not even the noodles need to be precooked for this easy vegetarian lasagna. It makes a great addition to a buffet or potluck.
Easy Chicken Jambalaya
This one-dish meal measures up to Louisiana’s finest. Colorful sweet peppers brighten a mix of sausage and chicken cooked with spicy rice.
Easy Beef Pot Roast
Pot roast doesn’t get any easier! Just toss 5 ingredients along with a little water, salt and pepper into your slow cooker. Several hours later, your dinner is done.
Curried Chicken Soup
On busy days, convenience is a must. Here’s a way to turn a package of ramen noodles into a chicken and vegetable-loaded soup flavored with spicy curry powder. If you don’t have curry powder on hand, look for it in the spice section of your grocery store. Products labeled curry powder have a medium spice level, while the ones labeled “Madras” will be hotter. Choose the one that matches your taste.
Don’t make a trip to the deli! Create this scrumptious, creamy salad with just a few ingredients in your own kitchen.
Cranberry Pork Roast
The delicious sauce served with this slow-cooked pork roast may be simple, but there is nothing plain about it. Cranberry sauce lends a tangy liveliness to it.
Chicken Fruit Salad
Yogurt lightens the orange-mayonnaise dressing in this refreshing salad made from chicken, fresh fruit and celery. Since many fruits, or even dried ones, work well in this salad, use the one that looks good at your local market.
Chilaquiles was originally invented to use up leftovers. But we think this recipe deserves a better reputation! It bubbles with the deliciousness of corn tortilla strips layered with a flavorful and creamy mixture of chicken and tomatoes.
Broccoli Apple Salad
A bit of hot pepper sauce adds pizazz to the coleslaw dressing on this robust salad made with fresh broccoli, apple, red onion and bacon.
Cheerful parfaits get your morning off to a bright and healthy start. Mashed bananas and a bit of cinnamon or vanilla lend natural sweetness to the plain yogurt. The only added sugar in this breakfast treat might come from the cereal you select!
Black Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale
Kale, loaded with nutrients, has frilly, dark green leaves and lends a cabbage-like flavor to this tomato, bean, and sausage soup.
Black Bean Burgers
Almost everyone loves spicy Tex-Mex foods—and these flavorful bean burgers are a great example. Purchased salsa and cumin or chili powder lend spiciness to the patties, while melted cheese and additional salsa top them off.
Berry-Ginger Refrigerator Oatmeal
Be sure to purchase either quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats (sold in cylindrical cardboard containers in the cereal aisle) for this tasty breakfast. The instant types of oats (those sold in pouches) are too fine for this recipe.
Baked Turkey-Zucchini Meatballs
Bits of zucchini, sweet potato or carrot add specks of color and moistness to these tasty meatballs.
Baked French Toast with Berries
Indulge yourself this weekend with this delicious French toast. It’s seasoned with cinnamon and topped with berries