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CHAT & CHEW with Deb & Sue

March 18, 2015

by Deb Winter and Sue Nies, Family & Nutrition Program Assistants for Pulaski County Extension

Even though the weather has been nasty, we’ve been busy. We’re working on the second phase of our Community Garden Grant. As we went into Fall the tomatoes were still plentiful, so we made them into tomato sauce. At this time we have a group from Medaryville who will be part of our first Cooking School for middle and high school kids (Note: 6 of the 7 are boys!). They will receive recipes, aprons, food and lots of goodies to take home each week. It is important to teach our youth how to plan, prepare and eat healthy meals. If anyone has a passion to help, we will be offering this again in the other communities in our county and can always use the help of time or supplies.

We have also been involved in the Healthy Kids Group at the Francesville Library each month. The group has grown and each month they learn something new about healthy food and exercise as well as receiving a healthy snack after school. We also do our Chat & Chew with Deb & Sue lunchtime lessons on the 1st Thursday of each month at noon. If you are in Francesville, please bring your lunch and join us for this free program. Call the library for more information on these great programs.

Here is a really easy and tasty recipe for you to try:

Easy Stuffed Shells

36 uncooked jumbo pasta shells

1 jar (24 oz) spaghetti sauce

36 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (1/2 oz each), thawed

2 c. (8 oz) mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Spread 1/2 c. sauce into a greased 13 x 9 in. baking dish. Fill each shell with a meatball; place over sauce. Top with remaining sauce and cheese. Bake, covered 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 3-5 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

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