Fresh Recipes
From 4-H Chefs

Let chef and 4-H alum Carla Hall introduce you to a wide range of recipes that are delicious, easy-to-make, and healthy meals — and come from the 4-H family.

About the Activities

Healthy eating habits begin with mindfulness and a thoughtful attitude toward food. That means eating healthy, but also making room for the foods you love, in the right amounts. These recipes here come from the Fresh Chefs cookbook, produced by 4-H and curated by author and celebrity chef Carla Hall. They are a reflection of that idea of balance, featuring a compilation of simple, everyday recipes as well as treats for celebratory moments, from weekend brunches to holidays.

Featuring nearly 50 recipes from 4-H’ers, supporters, and 4-H alumni, these recipes were thoughtfully selected and submitted by 4-H’ers across the country as well as 4-H alumni and supporters, to share with you.

So dig in to discover recipes for every occasion, starting with a few of our favorites below. Play your favorite feel-good songs, relax and have some fun in the kitchen! Hope you enjoy!

Fresh Chefs was made possible by generous support from the Walmart Foundation.

Grade Level: 1-8
Topic: Food Science, Food Safety

Fresh Chefs Music Video with Carla Hall

Check out this music video with 4-H alumna Carla Hall and Virginia and Tennessee 4-H'ers showing how to have fun in the kitchen!

Chipotle Chicken & Sauteed Hominy
cauliflower steak and poached egg recipe from New York 4-H Alumna and celebrity chef Anne Burrell
creole-spiced black eyed peas on crusty toast recipe from 4-H
Oven Smothered Chicken recipe from celebrity chef and Tennessee 4-H Alumna Carla Hall
Easy Egg and Sausage Casserole recipe from 4-H
chicken stir fry recipe from 4-H
Sock-it-to-me Honey Cake recipe from Laila Ali
mini blueberry pie recipe from 4-H

Shop 4-H Curriculum and Products offers university-backed STEM curriculum, educational kits, products and supplies to expand your pollinators, entomology and more.

Butterfly Bingo Game from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Bingo

This fun bingo game comes with enough pieces for 2-6 players and promises to make learning about butterflies fun! Each card has educational facts about butterflies and their relatives. The first person to cover the selected pattern and yell "caterpillar" wins!

Makes a great complement to our Butterfly Curriculum! Lucy Hammett bingo games are also award-winning: three Parents' Choice awards, seven Dr. Toy awards and three Creative Child Magazine awards.


Butterfly WINGS Youth Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Curriculum Youth Digital Download

Grades: 6-12

Learn how to avoid spreading germs while cooking, measure and mix ingredients, test baked goods for doneness, brown meat, and set the table for a family meal. The curriculum comes as loose-leaf paper to make it easier for youth to pull out recipes.


Butterfly WINGS Leader Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Curriculum Leader Digital Download

For everything that’s too hot to handle, this 4-H oven mitt and potholder is the cool solution. A built-in magnet allows you to keep the mitt in a handy kitchen location. Also makes for an excellent cooking competition or food demonstration prize.


Monarchs on the Move Challenge Kit from Shop 4-H

Monarchs on the Move Challenge Kit

Grades: 4-6

Developed by professionals at American land-grant universities, this 252-page digital program includes eight 2-hour sessions of instruction to help you learn the ins and outs of cooking and nutrition. Access to a Master Food Shopping List, Master Food Substitution List, Master Equipment List, and Family Meal Journals.


Honey Bee Challenge Kit from Shop 4-H

Honey Bee Challenge Kit

Get cooking with the Fresh Chefs Cooking Essentials Bundle. This kit helps your aspiring chef learn their way around the kitchen, with tools designed especially for them. This set includes a spatula, measuring cup set, and 2 Flex-it cutting boards.


Teaming With Insects Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Teaming With Insects Curriculum

Grades: 3-12

This food activity guide helps 4-Hers learn about different food ingredients, food characteristics, and food safety issues. It’s Divided into six “bites”: Once You Swallow, Money Talks, Play It Safe, Kitchen Magic, Eat It Later, and Imagine That.


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