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Meal Prep and Cooking Tips

Prepare healthy meals at home using these cooking methods and ingredient substitutions.

HHS, Food and Drug Administration

Watch videos on how to reduce food waste, read date labels and use imperfect produce. 

HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Read how to perform common food prep techniques, including zesting lemons and wrapping eggrolls.

Department of Defense, Navy Medicine, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

What are healthy cooking methods, and what equipment do you need for each method? Read this handout to find out.

Department of Defense, Navy Medicine, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

View a table of spices to learn about their flavors and uses.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Use these videos, recipes, and cooking tips to prepare healthy meals at home.

CalFresh SNAP-Ed

Explore this directory of 80+ healthy foods, and learn about their health benefits and how they can be prepared.

Colorado State University Extension

Learn about options for baking without gluten for people with gluten allergies or intolerances.

Colorado State University Extension

Looking for a substitute for an ingredient like flour, sugar, or eggs? Learn what you can use in your recipe.

North Dakota State University Extension Service

Are you missing an ingredient for your recipe? View what you can use as a replacement. (PDF | 143 KB)

North Dakota State University Extension Service

Learn how to use healthier ingredients in your favorite recipes.  (PDF | 177 KB)

Oregon State University Extension

Discover ideas for cooking tools and pantry items to keep on hand. Plus, find a kitchen measuring guide. 

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Learn basic kitchen skills, including methods for cooking, cutting and measuring.

University of Illinois Extension

Read tips on saving money and maximizing your meals when cooking for one or two people. 

University of Maryland Extension

Get ideas on how to buy and eat on a budget from the Maryland SNAP-Ed program.

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Get step-by-step instructions on how to cook dried beans.

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Find instructions on how to prepare roasted vegetables that are packed with flavor.