Hearty Harvest Meals


Look outside on your drive and you are likely to see an Iowa farmer busy with harvest. Farmers put in long hours during the fall, so providing a hearty and healthy meal is important to fuel their work!


Keep the following tips in mind to ease your harvest-time meal prep:

  • Consider one cold meal and one hot meal per day: i.e. cold meat sandwiches for dinner and a hot entrée for supper.

  • Prepare easy to eat foods: think casseroles, sandwiches, and crockpot dinners.

  • Transport food safely: keep hot foods at 140°F and above, cold foods at 40°F or lower. Wrap hot items in towels and place in insulated containers to maintain temperatures.

  • Make it a MyPlate meal: play around with the system below to make sure your field meal includes all components of MyPlate to optimize nutrition.

  • SpendSmart EatSmart: recipes below are courtesy of ISU Extension and Outreach’s SpendSmart. EatSmart. website, https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/

  • Sloppy Joes: https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/sloppy-joes/

  • Skillet Lasagna: https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/skillet-lasagna/

  • Santa Fe Stuffed Potatoes: https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/santa-fe-stuffed-potatoes/



My brother, Greg, always appreciates a hot meal during harvest to fuel his work!





Blog provided by: Rachel Wall, MS, RD, LD

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