Food Safety Meltdown: The Right Way to Thaw Frozen Food

Thawing food incorrectly is one common food safety mistake many people make. So if it’s dinnertime and tonight’s main ingredient is still frozen solid, what do you do? Run it under hot water? Stick it on the counter while you prep the other ingredients? Give up and call for delivery? Wrong, wrong and wrong. Because… Read more »


Thanksgiving Leftover Remix

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. We had a great meal with family and the weather cleared up enough that we were able to take our traditional post-dinner walk. That walk is always refreshing in the crisp air and let me tell you, no one who goes for a walk ends up napping… Read more »


Eat Smart, Eat Crustless Pumpkin Pie

We are only 1 week from Thanksgiving! Is anyone else as excited as I am? I love the holidays, spending time with family and enjoying the different foods that we only fix this time of year. My family is definitely in the “Traditional” meal category- we have the same things every year. Sure, we have… Read more »


Build a Better Pantry Part 2- Refrigerated Foods

In our first post of the series, I shared healthy, versatile shelf stable foods to keep in your pantry. Today we are talking all about your refrigerator and what you should keep stocked in there. (We’ll save the freezer and room temperature perishable foods for future posts.) Unlike most of the pantry items, food on… Read more »


7 Steps to Meal Planning on a Budget

Quick, what is the best way to save money in the grocery store and time in the kitchen? Meal planning, of course. Every week on FNP’s Facebook and Twitter, I give tips on how to meal plan and how to shop on a budget. But how helpful are these tips if you are totally new… Read more »


Smart Nutrition as You Age

Nutrition is important for your health at every stage of life, from pregnancy to late in life. As your body changes from a rapidly growing baby and teenager then slowing into adulthood and older age, your nutrient needs also change. Let’s look at how eating smart works for older adults. Calorie Needs As you age,… Read more »


Breast is Best- Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom and Baby

In keeping with the theme from last week’s post, let’s talk about breastfeeding. This can be a sensitive topic for new or expecting moms- it’s natural (but challenging), it’s better than formula (but not as convenient), it helps you bond with your child (but can stress you out, too). In light of this, I will… Read more »


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may have seen pink ribbons, pink shirts, or even NFL players’ pink gloves already this month, with many organizations using this promotion to help raise money for breast cancer research. Risk of Developing Breast Cancer Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. (Skin cancer is… Read more »


Fall Veggie Gardening

Today, I have a special treat for you. Our lovely Cooking Coach and Gardening Guru, Meredith has a great post about how to keep your garden going into cooler weather. (If you haven’t already, check out our introduction to Meredith and her great work with the Family Nutrition Program.) Kids are off to school, apples… Read more »