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Home Cooking

The Recipe Box

Enjoy food from your own kitchen — it's quick, economical, easy, and delicious. Recipes in The Recipe Box include tips on preparation, ideas about how to get kids involved, and options for changing the flavor or nutritional profile. Use these recipes to get started today!

Shopping at a farmers market this summer? Browse our Farmers Market Recipes for ways to use seasonal produce.


Banana Cakes (315 K PDF)
Blueberry Breakfast Parfait (244 K PDF)
Breakfast Cookies (244 K PDF)
Instant Oatmeal Mix (236 K PDF)
Pumpkin Oatmeal (286 K PDF)
Whole Grain Pancake Mix (277 K PDF)

Dips and Snacks

Applesauce (230 K PDF)
Bagel Faces (234 K PDF)
Black Bean and Corn Salsa (243 K PDF)
Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip (224 K PDF)
Easy Hummus Dip (234 K PDF)
Fruit Quesadilla (217 K PDF)
Jicama Black Bean Dip (226 K PDF)
Make Your Own Trail Mix (288 K PDF)
White Bean Crostini (234 K PDF)


Condensed Cream Soup Substitute (232 K PDF)
Condensed Soup Mix (224 K PDF)
Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup
(229 K PDF)
Homemade Chicken Stock (243 K PDF
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (236 K PDF
Lentil Vegetable Soup (292 K PDF)
Macaroni and Chickpea Soup (295 K PDF)
Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup (236 K PDF)
Taco Soup (270 K PDF)
Tuscan White Bean, Sausage, and Kale Soup (236 K PDF)


Basic Stir Fry (287 K PDF)
Cheesy Enchilada Bake (279 K PDF)
Chicken Curry Brown Rice Casserole (235 K PDF)
Easy Macaroni Goulash (246 K PDF)
Make Your Own Casserole (320 K PDF
Make Your Own Pasta Salad (300 K PDF)
Oven Baked Fish (305 K PDF)
Perfect Turkey (287 K PDF)
Roast Chicken (227 K PDF)
Roly Poly Roll Up (424 K PDF)
Shepherd's Pie (274 K PDF)
Skillet Lasagna (294 K PDF)
Sweet and Sour Chicken (237 K PDF)
Turkey Quesadilla (230 K PDF)
Wild Rice Hot Dish (244 K PDF)


Baked Potato Fries (237 K PDF)
Baked Tomato Slices (212 K PDF)
Easy Broccoli Hot or Cold (208 K PDF)
Easy Kale With Bacon (320 K PDF)
Mashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash (226 K PDF)
Roasted Root Vegetables (236 K PDF)
Vegetable Blast (304 K PDF)


Apple Spinach Salad (321 K PDF)
Apple Waldorf Salad (232 K PDF)
Broccoli Mandarin Orange Salad (295 K PDF)
Chopped Salad (300 K PDF)
Citrus Salad with Lemon Yogurt (235 K PDF)
Egg Salad (284 K PDF)
Fruit Coleslaw (236 K PDF)
Lime Marinated Onion Salad (294 K PDF)
Moroccan Salad (289 K PDF)
Rainbow Veggie Salad (289 K PDF)
Sunshine Salad (302 K PDF)
Zucchini Slaw (312 K PDF)


Cooking Brown and Wild Rice (255 K PDF)
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust (233 K PDF)
Corn Bread (313 K PDF)
Spanish Rice (304 K PDF)
Savory Bread Pudding (294 K PDF)
Sesame Noodles (302 K PDF)
Trail Mix (428 K PDF)

Sides and Sauces

Basic Marinara Sauce (235 K PDF)
Pizza Sauce (221 K PDF)
Refried Beans (275 K PDF)

Desserts and Sweets

Apple Crisp (242 K PDF)
Dessert Fruit Kebabs (228 K PDF)
Hearty Oatmeal Cookies (247 K PDF)
Microwaved Baked Apples (215 K PDF)
No-Crust Pumpkin Pie (231 K PDF)
Rice Pudding (298 K PDF)


Berry Smoothies (303 K PDF)
Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie (245 K PDF)
Hot Cocoa Mix (218 K PDF)
Orange Julius (263 K PDF)

Other Recommended Resources

Spend Smart, Eat SmartIowa State University Extension Service — How to navigate the three easy steps to healthy meals: plan, shop, and eat. Includes recipes in Spanish.

Recipe FinderUnited States Department of Agriculture — Search this bilingual database of recipes by ingredient, equipment, and price per recipe.

Recipe RainbowPittsburgh Food Bank — Find recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand.

Kids Eat RightAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics — Find scientifically-based health and nutrition information, including recipes and how-to videos, to help your children grow.

Fruits and Veggies More Matters — Information on the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Includes planning and shopping tips, recipes, and more.

Lists of Fruits and Vegetables — Find a new favorite with these lists of different fruits and vegetables by color.

List of Whole Grains — Learn more about the different whole grains that are available.

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