Cooking something NEW?

Have you found yourself unexpectedly cooking more at home? Does that mean you are stuck eating the same things you always have?


NO! Now is a great opportunity to try something new

Consider making your own granola bars. This is a very inexpensive way to make your own favorites from ingredients you likely have already at home. Be adventurous and work with what you have.


Here is our basic recipe that you can add your own twist on.

  1. Mix together 1 ½ cup old-fashioned oats, ¼ cup honey, 1 Tbsp. melted butter, and 1 cup of your favorite additions (Think: chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chunks, crushed pretzels, crushed cereal, sweetened flaked coconut).

  2. Press into a 9x13 pan lined with waxed paper. Chill the pan in the freezer for ~10 minutes or until solid in you fridge.

  3. Then remove from pan and cut into your favorite shape and size. Or try something that is time consuming

Have you ever been intimidated by a recipe because it says, “rest overnight” or “let is rise for 2 hours?” Well this one is both, but was totally worth it. Have you tried homemade yeast donut, we now have! What about working on freezer meals? Make one for now and one for the freezer. I am intimidated by making family favorites because of the prep that is involved but now we can do all the steps for Lasagna, and well if I am making one for now why not make one for the freezer.


Key tips: -Remember to double all ingredients -Put in a freezer safe dish (Hint: make it easy with foil tins) -Cover with aluminum foil placed tight against the food. -Use Freezer specific storage bags. (The two gallon bag covers the casserole tin noted above) Perspective is everything, use this unique time to rediscover your kitchen!

To Your Health, M. Elise Klopfenstein RD LD CDE, Clinical Dietitian.



Elise is the mother of three growing young boys in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. She is proud to be an Iowa Native while doing all of her education out of the state. She is the wife of a teacher and an Iowa farmer with Klopfenstein Farms.

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