Eating Healthy in the New Year

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If you make goals for the New Year, think about adding eating healthy and cooking more this year. Here are several tips to help with this:

* Set some time at the start of each week to make a menu for the week. From that menu, make a grocery list and stick with it. Be sure to check local sales papers for the best deals!
* Keep a list of all things in your pantry and restock when needed.
* Meal prepping for a few hours a week will save tremendous time during your busy week nights.
* Try doing themes for your meals. Plan a Meatless Monday and use beans for the protein. Think about Fish Friday and incorporate salmon or tuna into the meal.
* Plan a night for leftovers and clean out the fridge at the same time.
* Use the slow cooker and let your meal be ready when you arrive home that evening.
* Grab a group of friends and do a recipe exchange! Everyone bring your favorite recipe and several copies as well as the dish to try.
* Look for one pot meals like the following recipe.

Good luck in all your goals for the New Year! Remember to keep it simple and turn hectic meal time into planned family time. Happy New Year!

Easy Lasagna

  • 1/2 pound lean or extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 8 ounces egg noodles, uncooked (try whole grain)
  • 12 ounces fat-free cottage cheese
  • 2 cups reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted, diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  1. Brown ground beef or turkey. Drain and return to skillet.
  2. Stir in diced tomatoes, water, parsley, oregano and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add uncooked pasta. Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in cottage cheese. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes to melt cheese.
  7. OPTIONAL: Add a jar of your favorite prepared spaghetti sauce for more flavor.

Nutrition information Per Serving
370 calories
Total Fat – 11 g
Saturated Fat – 6 g
Protein – 32 g
Total Carbohydrate – 35 g
Dietary Fiber – 2 g
Sodium = 530 mg
Excellent Source of Vitamin C
Excellent Source of Calcium
Excellent Source of Iron
Good Source of Vitamin A

From NC EFNEP – Families Eating Smart and Moving More