New Year's Day Menu

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This meal makes a hearty lunch or dinner and is a great way to kick off the new year.

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New Years Day
Broiled Tomatoes and Cheese
Quick and Healthy Black-Eyed Peas  OR  Baked Lentils Casserolevegetarian icon
Seared Greens
Corn Bread
Fat-Free Apple Crumb Dessert
= Vegetarian Option

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Broiled Tomatoes and Cheese

This recipe is especially tasty when using tomatoes that are fresh from the garden or Farmers Market.

Makes 3 servings.

broiled tomatoes with cheese on top Ingredients

3 tomatoes (large, firm)
8 ounces cottage cheese, low-fat
1/2 teaspoon basil (dried)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs (plain)
cooking spray (or vegetable oil)


1. Wash tomatoes and cut in half.
2. Mix cottage cheese, basil and pepper.
3. Spread cheese on tomato halves.
4. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and spray with cooking spray.
5. Spray broiler pan with cooking spray. Place prepared tomatoes on a pan and broil about 10 minutes.

For nutrition information visit Broiled Tomatoes and Cheese at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

Quick and Healthy Black-Eyed Peas

Tasty turkey bacon and frozen black-eyed peas are the star ingredients in this recipe. Add a little chipotle pepper and sauce, cayenne pepper, or jalapeños if you prefer some additional heat.

Makes 6 servings.

black eyed peas in a bowl Ingredients

4 slices turkey bacon (chopped)
5 1/2 cups black-eyed peas, frozen (about 2 pounds)
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon sugar


1. Place a pot over medium high heat and cook bacon for 3-4 minutes.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook until the peas are tender, about 30 minutes.
4. Serve hot.

For nutrition information visit Quick and Healthy Black-Eyed Peas at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

Baked Lentils Casserole

Baked lentils, vegetables, and cheese make a complete vegetarian dinner in one dish.

Makes 5 servings.

baked lentils casserole in a bowl Ingredients

1 cup lentils (rinsed)
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper (1/4 teaspoon, optional)
1/2 cup onions (chopped)
garlic powder (1/4 teaspoon, optional)
1 can tomatoes
2 carrots (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)


1. Combine lentils, water, seasonings, onion, and tomatoes.
2. Place in 2 quart casserole dish.
3. Cover tightly with lid or foil.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and add carrots. Stir.
6. Cover and bake 30 minutes longer.
7. Remove cover and sprinkle cheese on top.
8. Bake, uncovered 5 minutes, until cheese melts.

For nutrition information visit Baked Lentils Casserole at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

Seared Greens

Makes 6 servings.

greens in a bowl with a spoon Ingredients

8 cups kale or collard greens (1 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or olive oil)
4 garlic clove (chopped)
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons vinegar, cider


1. Clean the greens thoroughly and cut stems away. Dry well and tear into salad pieces or slice across leaf into 1/2 inch pieces.
2. In a large deep pot or skillet with a cover, sauté garlic in oil. Add greens in pan with 1 cup water.
3. Cover pan and steam for 4 minutes.
4. Uncover, stir constantly until greens shrink. Add salt and pepper and continue to stir on high until mixture is thoroughly wet.
5. Sprinkle cider vinegar on mixture. Cover.
6. Turn off heat. Let stand until ready to serve.

For nutrition information visit Seared Greens at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

Corn Bread

Make this corn bread recipe the classic way or jazz it up by adding chili powder, whole corn, or even blueberries to give a yummy twist to a basic recipe.

Makes 12 servings.

corn bread in a basket Ingredients

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour (all purpose)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk, non-fat


1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 8- or 9-inch square pan.
2. Measure cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine ingredients.
3. Crack egg into a small bowl and beat with a fork to combine white and yolk.
4. Add egg, oil, and milk to flour mixture. Mix until ingredients are well blended.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until firm to touch or wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

For nutrition information visit Corn Bread at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

Fat-Free Apple Crumb Dessert

This recipe is especially tasty when using tomatoes that are fresh from the garden or Farmers Market.

Oatmeal mixed with cinnamon and brown sugar is a delicious topping for this baked apple dessert.

Makes 4 servings.

apple crumb dessert in a bowl Ingredients

4 apples (medium, baking)
1/2 cup oatmeal, quick cooking (uncooked)
1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
2 teaspoons cinnamon (ground)
1/3 cup apple juice
non-stick cooking spray


1. Move the oven rack to the center of the oven. Then preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9" square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Wash and peel the apples. Cut them into thin slices.
4. Spread the apple slices evenly over the bottom of the baking dish.
5. In a small bowl, use a fork to mix the oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon.
6. Spread the oatmeal mix evenly over the apples in the baking dish.
7. Lightly pour the apple juice over the oatmeal mixture.
8. Cover the dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until apples are just starting to soften.
9. Uncover and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until apples are soft.

For nutrition information visit Fat-Free Apple Crumb Dessert at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.