USDA creates cookbook to help low-income families eat better


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\"The 75-page book also provides sample menus for a two-week period, a suggested grocery shopping list, and advice on reducing food costs.

\"If the recipes don\'t taste good, they won\'t be used regardless of whether they are nutritionally sound,\" said Shirley Watkins, the Agriculture Department\'s undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. \"These recipes passed all the tests with flying colors.\" 

\"Dishes include stir-fried pork and vegetables with rice (with a total preparation and cooking time of 45 to 50 minutes), saucy beef pasta (preparation time: one hour) and one vegetarian offering, cheese-stuffed potatoes. Each of the 40 recipes in the book includes a list of the calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium that the dish contains.

The sample menus would meet federal nutrition standards for a family of four with two children between 6 and 11 years of age, according to USDA.

The cookbook was developed by Pennsylvania State University under contract with USDA.\" 

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