The Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Ellis, Hill, and Navarro counties are in the midst of plans for the Sept. 18 Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School.  

The school is the “first of it’s kind” for any of these counties.  

The event will take place at the Midlothian Conference Center, 1 Community Circle.

In today’s fast paced lifestyle, nutrition and exercise don’t have to be on the back burner.  

Dinner Tonight! is designed to help busy families enjoy healthy and delicious meals and even provides “Get Fit Tips” to help you get active.  

Recipes for 10 complete meals will be distributed, as well as additional recipes.  Three of the menus will be demonstrated and include:

• Avocado Yogurt Dip with Cumin

• Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagne

• Southwest Corn Chowder

• Spicy Fish Tacos

• Brussel Sprouts with Apples

• Wilted Kale Salad

• Sweet Potato Fries

• Coco Berry Tarts

• Tiramisu

A “celebrity panel” will be available to taste the demonstrated meals and comment on the foods.   

Samples of additional recipes will be available for tasting.

Sponsors for Dinner Tonight! are:

• Brookshires, Midlothian,

• Lowes, Waxahachie,

• Family Care of Texas,

• Dairy Max,

• Master Wellness volunteers and

• Ellis County 4-H.

If child care providers would like to receive 2 hours for Nutrition Education, certificates can be provided.  

Child care will not be provided.

Donations have been received from:

• Burleson Honey,

• Crystal Light,

• Target, Waxahachie,

• Flowers Bakery,

• J&J Snack Foods, and

• Cabot Cheese.  

Door prizes will be given throughout the night, with the final prize being a Kitchenaid stand mixer.

The planning committee for this event include:  Merrily Cooney, Melanie Craig, Linda DeFrank, Marie Dyess, Donna Evenden, Donna Green, Monica Holman, Palma Milholland, Debi Rodgers, Tonya Striker and Amy Wayt.  

Advisors for the event are:  Rita Hodges, Ellis County Extension Agent; Paula Butler, Navarro County Extension Agent;  and Karen Jungman, Hill County Extension Agent.