Gardening | Kentucky Nutrition Education Program


A Healthy Comfort Meal

As the temperatures cool off, warm up with some hearty fall meals. Comfort foods can easily be made with healthy ingredients that still fit your budget. Below is a recipe for chicken pot pie that has only 3 grams of fat per serving; Compare that to the small frozen pies you can buy at the […]

Apple Carrot Bake

Apples are in season in Kentucky! This fruit is a budget-friendly option most times throughout the year too. Try our apple carrot bake (featured in our 2016 calendar) for a delicious fruit-veggie combo! • 5 medium apples, peeled and sliced (about 4 cups) • 1 (14.5 ounce) can sliced carrots (may use 2 cups fresh […]

“Behind the Recipe”

NEP’s segment of “Behind the Recipe” is featured this week on the University of Kentucky’s Family and Consumer Sciences Extension podcast, Talking FACS. Find it here at: In our segment we sat down with local farmers in Eastern Kentucky who grow multiple varieties of tomatoes, along with other fruits and veggies. We even made the […]

Food Safety 101

Did you know that the number one food safety mistake is not washing your hands before, during and after food preparation? We’ve created a handy video to show the important steps to making sure you help keep yourself and your family safe!

No Cooking Required Recipes

During a heat wave or if you are trying to cut down on the use of your stove and oven during the summer, there are some creative ways to eat healthy without turning on the heat! Here are some of our favorite ways to keep cool in the kitchen: Make a yogurt parfait. Layer fruits, […]


Blueberries are coming into season in KY! You can find many different uses for this great fruit but here is our TOP 10: Add blueberries to a green salad  Freeze blueberries and eat them frozen for a sweet treat on a hot day Add them to your pancake or waffle mix Blend them with a […]

Summertime on the grill!

Grilling out is a sure sign of summer. Think beyond the hamburgers and hot dogs next time you fire up the grill. There are plenty of fruits and veggies that can be grilled too! Try making kabobs with chicken pieces, bell peppers, mushrooms and zucchini. Brush with olive oil to prevent the veggies from drying […]

National Women’s Health Week!

Last week celebrated National Women’s Health Week but we think that every week is a great time to get started on your health! With busy schedules and tight budgets, your health can easily fall to the bottom of the list. But, making healthy changes doesn’t have to be hard or overwhelming. Take a look at […]

Cooking with herbs

Herbs can be a great way to reduce your sodium intake without losing flavor! Dried herbs have more concentrated flavor than fresh herbs so you will want to only use 1/3rd the amount of dried herbs. Here’s a handy chart for herb pairing! Hints for Using Herbs Herb Uses Basil Goes well with fish, shellfish, […]

Reduce Your Sodium Intake

There are many ways to reduce your sodium intake on a daily basis. Here are a few tips and a few recipes to cut the salt. Tips and Tricks: Buy as much fresh food as possible. Pre-packed food uses salt as a preservative therefore packed products are often much higher in sodium than fresh, whole […]

Parmesan Chicken

Our April 2018 Calendar Recipe is “Parmesan Chicken”, we love this recipe for a delicious weeknight dinner. Trust us, it doesn’t get much better than this! Serve over whole wheat pasta with a side of salad and you’ll have an easy, yummy dinner.