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Eat smart

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.


Apple cinnamon oatmeal packets
Banana pancakes
Breakfast burrito
Breakfast egg burrito
Cheesy egg bake
Fruit and Oatmeal Bars
Fruity breakfast parfait
Granola (en español)
Pumpkin oatmeal


Bean and garlic dip (hummus)
Bean dip
Black bean and corn salsa
Cowboy caviar
Cucumber yogurt dip
Farmers market salsa (en español)
Fruit dip
Peanut butter dunk
Pico de gallo


Cheese Soup (PDF)
Cream soup mix
Lentil Vegetable Soup (PDF)
Mexican chicken soup (en español)
Minestrone soup
Pumpkin Potato Soup (PDF)
Tuscan white bean, sausage, and kale soup (en español)
Vegetable soup with chicken

Main Dishes

Avocado White Bean Wrap (PDF)
Baked cheesy chicken enchiladas (en español)
Baked pork chops
Barbeque Pork Sandwich (PDF)
Basic Stir Fry (en español)
Beef Tacos (PDF)
Broccoli Red Pepper Stir Fry (PDF)
Brown Rice with Sizzling Chicken and Vegetables
Cheesy pasta with summer veggies (en español)
Chicken and Fruit Wraps (PDF)
Chicken wild rice hotdish
Creamy golden noodles
Crispy baked chicken
Crispy salmon patties
Easy cabbage and egg stir fry
Easy macaroni goulash
English muffin veggie pizza (en español)
Fiesta pizza (en español)
Inside-Out Spinach Lasagna (PDF)
Low Fat Fettuccini Alfredo (PDF)
Make Your Own Casserole (en español)
Make Your Own Pasta Salad (PDF)
Micki's Meatballs (PDF)
Oven Baked Fish (PDF)
Pasta Provencal (PDF)
Perfect Turkey (PDF)
Pinto beans beef tacos
Ramen noodle skillet
Roast Chicken (PDF)
Roasted Squash and Eggplant Chicken Casserole (PDF)
Roly poly turkey roll-up
Shepherd's Pie (PDF)
Simple Southwestern Tuna (PDF)
Sloppy Joes (PDF)
Stuffed Peppers
Sweet and Sour Chicken (PDF)
Tuna Bean Supreme (PDF)
Turkey Quesadilla (PDF)
Vegetable Chicken Rollups (PDF)
Vegetable fried rice
Whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce
Zesty bean tacos
Zucchini southwest skillet (en español)


Blueberry spinach smoothie (en español)
Fruit Smoothie (PDF)
Grapefruit Fruit Smoothie (PDF)
Orange smoothie


Baked potato circles
Baked stuffed squash
Baked tomato slices
Baked winter squash (en español)
Broccoli saute
Easy Kale Bacon
Extreme zucchini (en español)
Green Bean and Mushroom Medley
Green bean saute
Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil
Kohlrabi Saute
Lemon carrots
Louisiana green beans
Refried beans
Roasted root vegetables (en español)
Skinny French fries (en español)
Sweet Potato Fries


Apple spinach salad (en español)
Apple Waldorf salad
Black-eyed peas salad
Broccoli Grape Salad (PDF)
Broccoli mandarin orange salad (en español)
Citrus Salad with Lemon Yogurt (PDF)
Colorful fruit salad
Crunchy Corn Salad (PDF)
Easy Greek salad (en español)
Egg Salad (PDF)
Fresh Summer Pasta Salad (PDF)
Fruit Coleslaw (PDF)
Kale Wild Rice Salad (PDF)
Latin-Style Coleslaw
Marinated three bean salad
Moroccan Salad (PDF)
Rainbow Veggie Salad (PDF)
Sunshine Salad (PDF)
Tangy Tuna Salad (PDF)
Tomato cucumber salad with Italian dressing
Zucchini Slaw (PDF)


Bagel Faces (PDF)
Corn Bread (PDF)
Instant Spanish rice
Mexi rice
Sesame Noodles (PDF)
Trail mix
Vegetable fried rice
Whole wheat pizza crust (en español)
Wild or brown rice (en español)


Basic marinara sauce (en español)
Easy Meat Sauce
Spiced peach sauce

Sweets and Snacks

Apple Crisp (PDF)
Apple Quesadilla (PDF)
Baked apples
Banana Bread (PDF)
Berry Bread Pudding (PDF)
Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce (PDF)
Fruit and cheese kabobs (en español)
Fruit Quesadilla (PDF)
Hearty Oatmeal Cookies (PDF)
Hot and Sweet Watermelon (PDF)
No-Crust Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Pudding (en español)
Pumpkin surprise cupcakes
Very berry crisp


All purpose spice blend
Coating mix for chicken or fish

Herbed seasoning blend
Mexican Seasoning
Southwestern seasoning mix

Related resources

Farmers market recipes — Quick, simple recipes using seasonal ingredients that work in even the tightest budget.

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.

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing BowlUnited States Department of Agriculture — Search this bilingual database of recipes, create and print your own cookbook, browse recipes by nutrition theme, and more.

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

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

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