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Cooking can be fun, especially when you use ingredients from your own home state! Listed below are several recipes using North Carolina agriculture. All NC commodities are highlighted in green. Some of the ready-to-use items that can be found in your local store by Goodness Grows In North Carolina members are highlighted in red.

For more information on NC commodities make sure to check out AG's COOL Commodities. To find out what some of the Goodness Grows In North Carolina products are take a look at the Virtual Supermarket.

Eggs With Legs

Beat one or two eggs in a Styrofoam cup. Place in microwave on high power for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Eat straight out of the cup. (cheese optional)

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Egg Burrito

Scramble eggs with cheese. Pile into a flour tortilla, season with salsa and sour cream and enjoy!

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Ranched Deviled Eggs

Hard cook eggs. Mash yolks and mix with ranch dressing and place back in whites.

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Cheese "Steak" Pizza

1 pound ground beef
1 small green or red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 smallonion, thinly sliced, separated into rings
1 large (16 ounces) Italian bread shell (approx. 12-inch diameter)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Heat oven to 400. In large skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat 6 minutes. Add bell pepper and onion; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until beef in no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
2. Place bread shell on baking sheet. Remove beef and vegetables from skillet with slotted spoon; arrange on top of bread shells. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake in 400 oven 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted; cut into 8 wedges.
Makes 4 servings

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Corn Bread

2 beaten eggs
1/4 c. salad oil
1 cup fresh corn
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. baking powder
Combine eggs, oil, and sour cream. Add corn , cornmeal, salt, baking powder. Mix thoroughly. Bake in 10"x 16" greased pan at 350 for 25 minutes, or until done.

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Chocolate Pudding Surprise

8oz. cooked sweet potatoes (about 1 cup)
4oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1/2c. low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/4c. brown sugar
1/2c. chocolate syrup
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until very smooth and creamy.
Make 4 servings.

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Pork Fajitas

1lb. North Carolinatenderloin, cut into 1 inch-thick strips (trim visible fat)
1 cup sliced green and red peppers
1/2 medium onion
4 flour tortillas
Spray a large non-stick skillet with vegetable spray. Heat skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add pork strips, bell peppers and onion to skillet; stir-fry 5-10 minutes. Roll up 1/4 of the meat mixture in each tortilla. Serve with salsa.

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Miniature Cucumber Sandwich

1 medium cucumber
2 slices whole wheat or white bread
1 cup reduced fat cream cheese or mayonnaise
Take a cookie cutter (pick your favorite design) and press out bread. Spread 1 tsp. of cream cheese or mayonnaise on bread. Cut cucumbers into slices and place on top of the bread.

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Stuffed Potato

1 med. potato
1/4 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. salsa
Pierce potato with fork. Microwave on high 11-13 minutes or until tender, rotating after 6 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut a slit in the potato. Sprinkle cheese on the potato and spoon salsa on top.

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Baked Cinnamon Apples

4 baking apples
4 teaspoons margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Remove core from apples. Peel upper half of apple or 1 inch strips from middle to prevent splitting. Place upright in a baking dish. Place 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon margarine and teaspoon cinnamon in the center of each apple. Microwave for 6-8 minutes.

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Chili Beans

1/2 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups cookedsoybeans
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) tomato soup
1tsp. Chili powder
Preheat oven to 350 . Brown ground beef in pan and drain off excess fat. Add onion and saute five minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and bake 2-quart casserole dish for 45 minutes.

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