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Healthy recipes for 2017

February 16, 2017
Amanda Bohlen , MOV Parent

Last month, people made their New Year's resolutions. According to Nielsen's survey conducted in December 2015 and January 2016, 67 percent of U.S. consumers said they plan to exercise more, 48 percent plan to make healthy food choices and 29 percent plan to eat fewer calories. I wanted to be able to give you family-friendly healthy recipes that you can use. The first comes from the USDA's Mixing Bowl website and the second from the University of Maryland Extension. Give them a try as written or make accommodations for your family.

Oat! My Tropical Pizza

Makes: 2 Servings

For the Pizza Crust:

4 egg whites

1 whole egg

1 cup rolled oats

Pinch sea salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried

Coconut oil, or any nonstick cooking spray

For the Topping:

1/2 tomato, chopped or crushed

1 tablespoon chopped onion

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

Pinch sea salt

1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped

1/4 cup fresh pineapple, diced

To make the Crust: In a blender, mix together the egg whites, whole egg, oats, sea salt, garlic and parsley for 20 seconds, or until blended. After blending, add the oregano and mix with a whisk. In a large nonstick skillet, grease the pan with coconut oil or any cooking spray and pour the mix in. Cook over medium heat for 6 minutes, flip over, and cook for another 6 minutes, or until it is golden and cooked through. To make the Topping: Meanwhile, in a separate nonstick skillet, cook the tomato over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the onion, garlic, parsley, and sea salt, and cook for 5 minutes. Spread the sauce on the pizza crust still in the pan, reduce the heat to low, and add the yogurt, spinach, and pineapple. Let it warm up for 2 minutes, plate, and cut.

Simple Delicious Pork Chops

Servings: 6


1 1/2 pounds lean pork chops

4 medium apples, washed, cored, and sliced

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle over apples. Place pork chops in crock pot. Cover with apples Cover; cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

Amanda Bohlen is the new family and consumer science educator for The Ohio State University Extension in Washington County. She received her bachelor's in family and consumer science education from Ohio University and her master's in curriculum and instruction from Ohio Valley University. For the last seven years she has been in the classroom teaching high school students' financial education, child development, nutrition and culinary skills.



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