|Cent$ible Nutrition Program|
in Natrona County
- Public classes are ongoing. Please call (307) 235-9400 for the next class series.
- Now Cap- August 18-September 29
- Central Wyoming Counseling Center- September 14-October 23
- Natrona County School District- beginning September 16
- Central Wyoming Rescue Mission- October 22-December 17
* Don't forget to stop by the CNP booth during farmers markets!
Chef of the Market
At a recent farmers market in Casper, Natrona County educators made Quinoa Tabbouleh for Chef of the Market. You can made this delicious dish with the recipe below.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups chopped parsley (flat-leaf)
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 green onion
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
1. Rinse quinoa to reduce bitterness (unless package says it is pre-rinsed)
2. Combine quinoa with 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 10-15 minutes.
3. Quinoa is done when all the water is absorbed and grains are light and can be fluffed with a fork.
4. Toss quinoa with all other ingredients.
Makes 4 servings
Marty at the Farmers Market
Successes from the Spring: From Seeds to Herbs
On April 23, during one of Natrona County CNP's night classes, participants learned how to grow herbs from seeds. The class planted basil and cilantro, both of which are easy to grow at home. The class discussed easy ways to use the herbs in CNP recipes including Vegetable Pasta with Basil Sauce and Homemade Salsa (using fresh cilantro). Basil can also
be dried and used in the CNP Italian Seasoning. In addition, the class talked about how growing herbs at home can help to save money. A packet of Genovese Basil or Cilantro seeds costs around $1.79. A pack of fresh basil at the store can cost up to $5.00.
Benefits of Growing your own Herbs
- Easy to access fresh herbs
- Fresh store-bought herbs don't last as long, so a lot ends up getting thrown away
- You can harvest exactly what you need per recipe
- Homegrown herbs can be dried for later use
- You get a sense of accomplishment when you grow your own food