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March is National Nutrition Month and one of the messages we want to get out to everyone is the importance of learning skills to create tasty meals. There are several ways that you can do that. First, it is always important to keep healthful ingredients on hand. You cannot make healthy meals or eat healthy snacks if you are surrounded by junk food. So, get rid of the temptation. We always want to make sure you are practicing proper home food safety. It is no fun to get sick from a foodborne illness. That is not the way that you want to lose weight. If you are living alone, then we always recommend sharing meals with people whenever possible. It is always good to socialize around food but making sure you both are committed to eating healthier. It also helps cut down on the work and cleanup if you rotate around who is cooking that night or if you visit different friends’ houses during the week. And no matter what they may cook, try it. It is important to continue to try new flavors and new foods throughout our lives. Our taste buds change and we may need to cook the same food through different cooking methods until you find the one that you like. If you need help finding healthy recipes, check us out online at

Try the following recipe from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at Eat Right or for more information, follow us on a variety of social media sites: Facebook and Instagram @persongranvillefcs or Twitter and YouTube @PersonCountyFCS

Veggie Loaded Sloppy Joes

Serves 6 | Recipe


  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp prepared mustard
  • 6 whole-grain sandwich buns
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced (optional)


Spray a medium skillet with the cooking spray. Combine the ground beef, diced peppers, and onion in the skillet. Cook on medium heat until the beef is thoroughly cooked, 8 to 10 minutes. Mix the vinegar, ketchup, and mustard together, and add to the beef mixture; simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Scoop one portion onto each sandwich bun. Top with a slice of sweet onion (optional).

Nutritional Info: 270 calories, 6g fat, 33g carbohydrates, 21g protein