Let Autumn Colors Inspire Your Menus

  “Mom, that’s the law of physics!” my daughter said with a giggle as my leaf bag popped. She was about 10 at the time. After the loud pop, I was standing knee deep in the middle of a pile of leaves holding a deflated jack-o-lantern leaf bag. “Which law did I break, anyway?” I…
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Try Some X-Ray Vision Carrots

“We’re all going to have X-ray vision now,” my husband remarked as our daughter and I prepared carrots for dinner. I smiled when he said that. I’m not sure if he knows that Cornell University did a study in which researchers gave fun names to vegetables on serving lines in a school cafeteria. In their…
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Have You Tried Chickpeas?

Have you ever heard of legumes or pulse crops?  These foods count as either vegetables or as protein foods in our diet according to MyPlate. In case you missed it, 2016 was the International Year of the Pulses in celebration of these crops. The legume family consists of plants that produce seeds inside of a…
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Do You Eat The “Musical Fruit”?

You probably know the saying and ending, but here’s a new one without a rhyming ending.  Beans, beans the musical fruit the more you eat, the more you can improve your health. Dry beans are a popular crop to grow in North Dakota. You may be noticing fields of dry edible beans as you drive…
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Apples Really Are Good For You

You probably have heard the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The person who coined that phrase knew what he or she was talking about. Researchers have shown that apples are good for your health. Apples also provide taste, texture and color in your diet. Fall brings bountiful baskets of crisp apples…
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