Simply Prepared Meals and Menus
This NM Ag Expo Cooking Demonstration begins on Friday February 20th at 10:30 am in the McAlister Room of the Jake Lopez Building, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.
Additional Program Handouts:
Somewhat Homemade Cooking School
Home cooked meals? No time to cook? For many people, cooking seems like a serious chore. It seems much easier to just order some takeout food, stop at a restaurant, or pop a ready-made meal into the microwave. Itâ��s not so much a matter of laziness, but of time. A lot of people have overstuffed schedules and often feel there is no time to devote to food preparation
Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist shared techniques for combining fresh ingredients with specially selected store bought items or convenience foods in her â��Somewhat-Homemadeâ�� Cooking School. Whether you call it semi-homemade, shortcut cooking or almost homemade the results--mouthwatering meals and desserts, prepared in minutes that taste like they were made from scratch. Connie shared tips and hints for quick â��Somewhat Homemadeâ�� meals prepared in minutes which taste like they were made from scratch. As a bonus, attendees were able to taste the recipes prepared and take home a recipe booklet to assist them in putting these recipes and tips into practice for family and friends.
This cooking school was held during the New Mexico Ag Expo 2014.
Home Economics Programming Focus
Our county's Extension home economics program is committed to providing information to help families deal with the complex issues of today.
Our programs focus on:
- Improving consumer and family skills
- Building leadership skills
We teach through:
- Local programs
- Community projects
- Group training sessions
Learn more about Extension programs and resources:
- Extension Family & Consumer Sciences
- Extension Health & Family Well-Being
- Cooperative Extension Service
Food & Nutrition Education
The New Mexico poverty rate is mirrored in Roosevelt County. The residents of this county recognize that the low income populations face numerous problems associated with inadequate nutrition. They share the state concerns that these individuals often make poor food choices, which can lead to chronic disease problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. There is a need to educate low income families and individuals to maximize their resources to improve their nutritional status. The youth of Roosevelt County also fall into the above category. Roosevelt County residents share the concern that these youth should learn healthy eating and food management practices early in life for optimal health and disease prevention.
Roosevelt County residents recognize that five of the 10 leading causes of death are associated with diet: coronary heart disease, several types of cancer, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. They also share the national concern as outlined in the State Situation about nutrition, diet and human health. Obesity, a risk factor in all leading causes of death, affects 30% of women, 15% of men, and 25 % of adolescents, with the highest rates observed among low-income and minority groups. There is a need to provide education to show an interrelationship between nutrition and health.
As in the past, education is the key to the dilemma of making the family's income stretch to meet needs. Extension educational programs, which address budgeting, financial management, saving, investment and preparation for retirement can help families gain skills in managing their resources to better meet their current needs. Extension programs which help them achieve success now will stand them in good stead for the future.