Herbed potato salad, photo from the California Nutrition Network Recipe Images, posted on the USDA images website
cutting carrots in a nutrition class
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Healthy Recipes

Our recipes are not only good for you, they taste good, and are low-cost and easy to prepare. We strive to provide our community with healthy, tasty meal ideas to make cooking together quick easy and fun for all household members.

Our recipe books feature ways to:

  • Stretch food dollars
  • Plan meals ahead to save time and money
  • Be creative with leftovers
  • Prepare more WHOLE foods with less sugar, salt and solid fats

Hello Neighbors Cookbook –is a compilation of healthy recipes from friends and neighbors from African American and Hispanic communities in Western and Central New York.

Let’s Get Cooking Cookbook – is a family –friendly cookbook that brings the whole family together in preparing meals. This cookbook features special sections to share Kitchen Hints , Snack Ideas for Kids and even Gifts from the Heart. Each recipe includes Nutrition information.

Slow Cooker Cookbook – a cornucopia of recipes designed for your Slow Cooker – recipes include soups, roasts , casseroles, muffins and even desserts. Save time and energy with this one-step meal planner. (Pdf-) Slow Cooker Cookbook

Cooking Matters

Recipes on the Cooking Matters website each have nutrition information and a beautiful photo of how the food will look when its made.

Cornell's 'Food & Nutrition Education in Communities'

Recipes from Cornell's FNEC program use less fat and sugar but still taste delicious. Many recipes were created by CCE Nutrition Educators from NY counties, or are used in the classes they teach so they've been tested by families like yours. The recipes use lean meat and low-fat dairy products, and most have 35% or fewer calories from fat. All FNEC recipes contain less than 2 teaspoons of added sugar per serving. You'll find recipes for Beverages, Grains, Breads and Muffins, Vegetables, Dips & Condiments, Fruits, Main Dish & Casseroles, Dairy, Salads, Protein, Side Dishes, Snacks/Desserts, Soups, Stews and Sauces, and Vegetarian dishes.

More Recipes

"Dinner Tonight: Recipes & Videos" -Hundreds of quick and healthy dinner ideas from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

"Recipes for Diabetes" - This online tool from the University of Illinois Extension allows you to search or browse recipes featured in their Dining with Diabetes or Living Well with Diabetes programs. Each contains an approximate nutritional analysis for calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sodium, and cholesterol.

"Fiesta of Flavors" - Hispanic recipes for people with diabetes from the University of Illinois Extension.

Delicious Heart Healthy Eating - from the National Heart, Blood & Lung Institute.

"Cooking Without Gluten" - A 26-page recipe booklet from the Utah State University Cooperative Extension.

MyPlate Kitchen - Find recipes, create and print your own cookbook, build healthy menus and get a shopping list.

Healthy Eating on a Budget - Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Use these tips and materials to make healthy choices while staying within your budget.

Ingredient Substitutions

How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

The Heart Truth- RecipesFebruary is Heart Health Month: Friday, February 5 Go Red for Woman

For decades heart disease was thought of as a man’s disease, but heart disease is the number one killer of woman causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Woman campaign seeks to shine the light on this fact while motivating woman to take charge of their heart health.

On Friday, February 5 Wear Red to help spread the message and show your support along with everyday woman and celebrities alike. Learn more about this campaign, as well as women’s heart health facts here.

Watch this 3-minute video, Just a Little Heart Attack, by actress/producer Elizabeth Banks who uses humor to recall her heart attack experience. 


Diane Whitten
Community Nutrition/Health
518-885-8995 ext. 2220

Last updated January 27, 2021