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Common $ense Cooking

Common $ense Cooking logoCommon $ense Cooking is a series of instructional videos on preparing nutritious, well-balanced meals inexpensively. Full of money-saving tips, menu planning strategies and easy-to-follow recipes, each aims to stretch food dollars further while highlighting the importance of well-balanced meals.

The Common $ense Cooking series is the product of a partnership between the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Rhode Island PBS.

Common $ense Cooking Videos

ve Money, Eat Healthy: Bring a Lunch!    Save Money, Eat Healthy: Bring a Lunch!

With a little bit of planning and some great recipes, you can make healthy, affordable lunches for the week ahead. 
      
The Benefits of Meatless Meals    The Benefits of Meatless Meals

Give your food budget a break and try some easy meatless meals for a change.
      
How to make six meals for $20   How to make six meals for $20

Nancy Barr shows you how to make six healthy, well-balanced meals for only $20.
      
Common $ense Snacking   Common $ense Snacking

You don’t need to spend a lot on packaged snack food, you can make your own healthy snack packs to go.
       
Dine In Instead!  Alternatives to eating out.    Dine In Instead!  Alternatives to eating out

Nancy Barr explains some quick, easy and healthy recipes for some of your favorite take out meals.

Meet the Hosts

Common $ense Cooking hosts, Nancy Verde Barr & Dr. Mary FlynnNancy Verde Barr was the former Executive Chef to Julia Child for 18 years and the culinary producer for PBS' Baking with Julia and ABC's Good Morning America.

In addition to her television experience, Nancy has written for Gourmet Magazine, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Parade, Cook's Magazine and Fine Cooking. She is the author of three award-winning cookbooks, including We Called It Macaroni and Make It Italian, and recently co-authored The Pink Ribbon Diet with Dr. Mary Flynn. She also released a book titled Backstage with Julia: My Years With Julia Child, which chronicles her life as Julia's assistant.


Dr. Mary Flynn is a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Lifespan and The Miriam Hospital where she teaches patients how to make better food choices for a healthier lifestyle. She also maintains academic appointments at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island.

Mary co-authored The Pink Ribbon Diet with Nancy Verde Barr, and wrote Low-Fat Lies, High-Fat Frauds & The Healthiest Diet in the World with Dr. Kevin Vigilante. Dr. Flynn is also a member of the Food Bank’s Board of Directors and developed the Raising the Bar on Nutrition program.

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