FoodLink - Purdue Extension

Recipes

A deliciously balanced blend of crisp apples, celery, raisins, chicken breast, and a Greek yogurt-based dressing, served over a bed of lettuce. Try it with a slice of rustic whole grain bread and glass of nonfat milk.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
40 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
Total Time
20 min

Apple Fennel Soup

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Try this great autumn soup recipe.

Prep
15 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
35 min

This recipe uses unsweetened apple-cherry juice, which you can use to flavor and sweeten any cooked cereal.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
10 min
Cook
5 min
Total Time
15 min

Each serving of this dish is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also a good source of folate and fiber.

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
10 min
Cook
25 min
Total Time
35 min

Fresh asparagus, mandarin oranges, chicken, and brown rice complement each other perfectly in this Asian-influenced salad.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
15 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
45 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
20 min
Cook
50 min
Total Time
60 min

This salad is beautiful on the plate and tastes great.

Recipe adapted from Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

Prep
15 min
Cook
Total Time
15 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
15 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
30 min

Have a small leftover uncut pumpkin on your porch? Bake it with some cinnamon to spice up your meal.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
35 min
Total Time
55 min

The cabbage in this simple skillet dinner loads the recipe with Vitamin C and fiber.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and University of Maryland Extension Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program.

Prep
20 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
40 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
5 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
20 min

Prep
15 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
35 min

Prep
8 hr 20 min
Cook
Total Time
8 hr 20 min

Black beans, carrots, celery, and seasonings are simmered into this hearty soup. Bring out the delicious flavors with a splash of lime juice and spoonful of yogurt at serving. 

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 20 min

A lively mix of fresh blueberries, sweet pepper, whole-grain penne pasta and field greens tossed with a blueberry vinaigrette.

Recipe adapted from What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
5 min
Cook
35 min
Total Time
40 min


This dish offers a sweet mixture of brown rice, juicy pineapple, tasty chicken, and bok choy, tossed with sweet and sour sauce and wrapped in a fresh, crisp romaine lettuce leaf. 

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
10 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
25 min

Prep
15 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
30 min

This omelet is lower in fat and cholesterol than a traditional omelet and stuffed with a vibrant mix of broccoli florets, red sweet peppers, and mushrooms that's topped with melted, reduced-fat cheese.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
15 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
25 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
40 min
Total Time
60 min

This recipe works well as a filling side dish or even a light meal.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
40 min

This quick and healthy dish is packed full of fiber and flavor! 

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and Colorado State University and University of California at Davis. Eating Smart Being Active Recipes.

Prep
10 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
20 min

Cool down with this fruit drink. Refreshing orange juice mixed with sweet cantaloupe creates the perfect, easy-to-make drink! You can even get creative and use any fruit you please!

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and California Project LEAN.

Prep
15 min
Cook
Total Time
15 min

Caramelizing Vidalia onions brings out complex and delicious flavors. Mushrooms add meatiness without significant calories. Add these to risotto made with brown rice, and you have a deliciously healthful dish.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min

Cauliflower Herb Soup

Recipe adapted from Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

Prep
20 min
Cook
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
15 min
Cook
Total Time
15 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
35 min

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken and rice.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
40 min

Cinnamon Baked Pears

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
15 min
Cook
35 min
Total Time
50 min

Prep
10 min
Cook
5 min
Total Time
15 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
15 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
30 min

Corn and Turkey Meatball Lentil Soup with Whole-Wheat Pita Chips
Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
40 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
50 min

Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
30 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
60 min


This cucumber salad is the perfect refreshing side dish for a summer meal.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
15 min
Cook
Total Time
15 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
Total Time
1 hr 20 min

Curried Pumpkin Soup

This hearty soup is perfect for a cool fall or winter day! You can use cooked, pureed winter squash in place of the canned pumpkin.

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
10 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
40 min

Prep
15 min
Cook
60 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min

“I really like vegetables. In the summer, I wander through the garden eating peas, carrots, broccoli, and even flowers like nasturtiums,” says Sable Scotton, a 10-year-old whose recipe was among the award winners compiled in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids' "State Dinner" Cookbook. “I also love to fish for wild salmon and other types of whitefish with my family, so this recipe brings together my two favorite worlds. This recipe is for one of my favorite foods because it is so delicious and healthy.”

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
30 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
50 min

Easy Roasted Veggies

Roasting brings out the sweetness of the vegetables in this recipe.

Recipe adapted from Iowa State University Extension.

Prep
15 min
Cook
45 min
Total Time
60 min

Recipe adapted from Produce for Better Health Foundation website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
40 min

This is a delightful mix of fresh salad fixings topped with sautéed chicken and a light, flavorful raspberry vinaigrette. Save time by using a blender to make the vinaigrette and purchasing packaged salad blends, pre-cut chicken, and vegetables.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
20 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
50 min

Using sweet peppers and lettuce for wraps is a fun way to increase vegetables on the plate. Lettuce leaves and mini peppers are perfect for a build-your-own Southwestern meal or as appetizers.

Recipe adapted from What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
15 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
45 min

Full of Beans Hot Dish

Beans are unique foods you can count as either a vegetable or protein. Remember to sort and soak dry beans before you cook them or use canned beans.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min

The creamy and tangy goodness of low-fat cottage cheese is the perfect balance to sweet grapes and cashews. Enjoy this salad as a sandwich filling or on a bed of lettuce.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
Total Time
20 min

This is a great chilled side dish with plenty of color and crunch.

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
25 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
55 min

In the spring, you can use wild onions in place of green onions — if wild onions are available in your area. Yellow or white onions work, too.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
10 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
30 min

Each serving provides an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of folate and fiber.

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
40 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
60 min

Grilling brings out the flavor in fresh vegetables like asparagus. Add shrimp, quinoa, and refreshing lemon vinaigrette, and you have a delicious and quick spring or summer salad.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
25 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
45 min

Set the stage for a delicious plate with these healthy fish tacos with peach salsa. Perfect for a summertime taco night!

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
30 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
50 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
35 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
50 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
35 min
Total Time
55 min

Recipe adapted from Produce for Better Health Foundation website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
30 min

Honey is not recommended for children younger than 1 year.

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
10 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
25 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
40 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
30 min
Cook
Total Time
30 min

These are great as a dessert, as a snack, or for breakfast.

Recipe adapted from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
5 min
Total Time
25 min

Prep
6 hr 20 min
Cook
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
7 hr 40 min

Julia's Sautéed and Steamed Collards

Collards are an all-time favorite side to any meal. This recipe starts with tender collards and adds a hint of “heat” from hot pepper flakes. Try this easy and tasty recipe at your next family gathering.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
25 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
45 min

Not a fan of kale? These crispy baked kale chips will convert you! For the best results, don't overcrowd the pans.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and Eating Well.

Prep
10 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
25 min

Kale Salad

Kale is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C.

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
1 hr 15 min
Cook
Total Time
1 hr 15 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
30 min

Kohlrabi is a relatively unknown but delicious crunchy vegetable that's full of vitamin C and fiber!

Recipe adapted from Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

Prep
20 min
Cook
5 min
Total Time
25 min

Lemon Rosemary Zucchini

Save this simple dish for the middle of summer when you think you've done everything you can with zucchini! This recipe offers an appetizing new flavor!

Recipe adapted from Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

Prep
15 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
25 min


This side is great with grilled or broiled fish or chicken.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
50 min
Cook
Total Time
50 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
15 min
Cook
20 min
Total Time
35 min

Prep
15 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
30 min

Oven-roasted Radishes with Peas

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
10 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
25 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
15 min
Cook
Total Time
6 hr 15 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
50 min

Passover is a Jewish holiday observed in the springtime, but this fruity and delectable dessert is good any time of the year. 

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
30 min
Cook
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
50 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
20 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
50 min

Enjoy this recipe with graham crackers or cinnamon tortilla chips!

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
10 min
Cook
Total Time
10 min

Recipe adapted from eatFresh.org.

Prep
15 min
Cook
Total Time
15 min

Plums-Plus Muffins
Prep
10 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
25 min

Potatoes and Leeks with Chicken

This hearty main dish is sure to be a family favorite!

Recipe adapted from Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

Prep
10 min
Cook
40 min
Total Time
50 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
20 min
Cook
5 min
Total Time
25 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
10 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
25 min

Red, orange, and yellow sweet peppers stuffed with garbanzo beans, kale, walnuts, and brown rice make a delicious Mediterranean-influenced vegetarian dish.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
5 min
Cook
Total Time
5 min


This is a versatile fall baked dish. It features potatoes and Brussels sprouts, but you can substitute other fall vegetables, such as parsnips, carrots, and cabbage.

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
20 min
Cook
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
10 min
Cook
25 min
Total Time
35 min

Prep
15 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
45 min

Roasted Herbed Artichokes with Leeks

Artichokes are beautiful to present and fun to eat.

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
10 min
Cook
50 min
Total Time
60 min

Rota Sweet Potato Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast
Prep
15 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
45 min

Each serving provides an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and fiber and provides a good source of magnesium and potassium.

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
15 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
30 min

S.S. Asparagus Pie

Try this fun and creative recipe!

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl websiteand The PBS 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook.

Prep
20 min
Cook
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min

Sarah’s Green Bean Casserole

Try this healthier version of a familiar favorite.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
30 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
60 min

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea Soup

Recipe adapted from Iowa State University Extension.

Prep
10 min
Cook
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min

Prep
25 min
Cook
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
35 min

Prep
25 min
Cook
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min

Spinach, Tomatoes and Corn
Prep
15 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
25 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
15 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
45 min

This quick recipe includes many favorite spring vegetables.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and the 5 A Day Program.

Prep
20 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
35 min

Prep
20 min
Cook
25 min
Total Time
45 min

A flavorful, enticing, mix of fresh strawberries, white beans, and edamame in a light vinaigrette, nested on a baby spinach and topped with crumbled feta cheese.

Recipe adapted from What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
20 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
30 min

Recipe adapted from Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

Prep
5 min
Cook
Total Time
5 min


Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
10 min
Cook
10 min
Total Time
20 min

This hearty main dish combines the sweetness of orange sweet potatoes and the robustness of black beans, with the surprise addition of Swiss chard and a light touch of cumin. Serve over brown rice or whole-wheat couscous for a warm delight!

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
40 min
Total Time
60 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
15 min
Cook
30 min
Total Time
45 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
30 min
Cook
25 min
Total Time
55 min

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Prep
20 min
Cook
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min

Need a new way to enjoy beets? Try this delicious side dish.

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
5 min
Cook
15 min
Total Time
20 min

This taste from the tropics will put a splash of sunshine in your morning. Each serving provides an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber and a good source of calcium and potassium.

Recipe adapted from Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

Prep
10 min
Cook
5 min
Total Time
15 min

Vegetable Chili

Chunks of zucchini, sweet potatoes, and sweet corn add a creative twist to this chili dish. Combined with canned beans and diced tomatoes this tasty one-pot meal will hit the spot. 

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website.

Prep
20 min
Cook
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min

Recipe adapted from Oregon State University Extension's FoodHero.org.

Prep
10 min
Cook
Total Time
10 min

Wheat Berry Chili

Wheat berries add a unique texture to this flavor-packed chili recipe. This hearty, colorful one pot meal is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and Grain Chain.

Prep
20 min
Cook
2 hr 10 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min

This recipe makes a healthier spin on a classic comfort food!

Recipe adapted from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website and Epicurious 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook.

Prep
25 min
Cook
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min