The essence of nutrition guidance is to provide the public with
the best information available to assist them in making wise and nutritious
food choices to sustain life and good health. As public officials n the U. S.
Department of Agriculture, we are deeply concerned that Americans not only have
enough food but also that the public has enough information to know what food
to purchase and how to prepare it.
While a healthy diet is the cornerstone to good health, meeting
that goal can be a challenge. That is why we are delighted to offer this
publication to the public. Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals
is more than a cookbook. The book provides basic cooking and food safety
guidance. The menus presented here conform to the recommendations
contained in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA
Food Guide Pyramid. The 40 recipes are quick, easy, tasty and economical.
We hope that you will find the recipes and other information
provided in this book useful. At the back of the book is information on how to
get more nutrition information. If you have comments or suggest ons, let us
hear from you.
Shirley R. Watkins
and Consumer Services
Rajen S. Anand, Ph. D. Executive Director
for Nutrition Policy and Promotion