Dinner Tonight – Essentials

Dinner Tonight, a signature healthy cooking and nutrition program of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has just released its first cookbook.  Essentials features more than 100 recipes in categories such as Starters, Five Ingredients or Less, Salads, One Pot/One Pan, simple Side Vegetables, Slow Cooker, Grilling, and Desserts.

The Essentials Cookbook encompasses everything that the Dinner Tonight program is about; healthy meals that are quick and easy to create, and that your family is sure to love.

All starters, main courses, and desserts include nutrition information along with the recipe; and are held to Dinner Tonight’s nutrition standards which are no more than 13 percent Daily Value of saturated fat per serving, no more than 600 milligram of sodium per serving, and added sugars are kept within reason. To make using this book even easier, it includes a list of items to keep on hand that are commonly used throughout the cookbook.

Also included in Essentials are general guidelines for food safety at home, how to check your slow cooker for accuracy, and guidelines for safe storage times for foods in the fridge and freezer. The cookbook also includes handy references such as safe minimum internal cooking temperatures for meat, and a conversion chart to quickly cut recipes in half.

To purchase a copy of Essentials, or to see more recipes from AgriLife Extension’s Dinner Tonight program, visit dinnertonight.org/cookbook.

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