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