Fresh Chefs

Delicious, Simple Meals from the 4-H Family

4-H Favorite Recipes

A Note from Carla Hall

Celebrity Chef, Author, 4-H Healthy Habits Program Ambassador, Tennessee 4-H Alumna

For me, healthy eating habits begin with mindfulness and a thoughtful attitude towards food. Mindful eating means being honest with yourself and serving as your own advocate when it comes to what you’re eating, how you’re eating and why you’re eating.

Featured Recipes

Oven Smothered Chicken recipe from celebrity chef and Tennessee 4-H Alumna Carla Hall

Oven Smothered Chicken

2 Hours

This updated version of a comforting Southern classic is not only cooked completely in the oven for a perfect weeknight meal, but it's fall-off-the-bone delicious.

Carla Hall, Celebrity Chef, Author, 4-H Healthy Habits Program Ambassador, Tennessee 4-H Alumna

cauliflower steak and poached egg recipe from New York 4-H Alumna and celebrity chef Anne Burrell

Cauliflower Steaks with Sautéed Porcini & Poached Egg

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

This brunch (or anytime) dish propelled chef Anne Burrell to victory on a Food Network competition. Nutritious and satisfying, it will score big in your home, too.

Anne Burrell, Host of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, New York 4-H Alumna

creole spiced black eyed pea salad on toast from New York 4-H Alumnus and celebrity chef, Lazarus Lynch

Creole-Spiced Black-Eyed Peas Salad on Crusty Toast

30 Minutes

This celebratory dish has roots in Southern and black culture, and is great for any occasion. When using canned beans, it can be whipped up in no time.

Lazarus Lynch, Chef, Author, Activist, New York 4-H Alum

watermelon slush recipe from 4-H

Watermelon Slush

10-15 Minutes

Loaded with hydration to spare, this bright and fruity slush is a delicious, refreshing snack to replenish your body – and lift your spirits – on hot days.

Elisabeth, California 4-H

Easy Egg and Sausage breakfast casserole recipe from 4-H

Easy Egg and Sausage Casserole

1 Hour

This filling dish has everything you like about breakfast in one place. Plus, it’s perfect for prepping ahead of time, then popping into the oven the morning of.

Tracey, Mississippi 4-H

chicken stir fry recipe from 4-H

Chicken Stir Fry

1 Hour

You can take this recipe and make it your own – once you master the basics of this healthy dish, you can mix it up by using different veggies every time.

Wyatt, South Carolina 4-H

Sock-it-to-me Honey Cake recipe from Laila Ali

Sock-It-To-Me Cake

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

This coffee cake with cinnamon, cardamom and honey is a Southern tradition gone gluten-free. It’s easy to make and so good, it’ll make you shout, “Sock it to me!”

Laila Ali, Cookbook Author, TV Host, Former Boxing Champion and Creator of Laila Ali Lifestyle

crab dip recipe from 4-H

JoAnn’s Louisiana Blue Crab Dip

30 Minutes

This prizewinning party food favorite comes from a 4-Her’s great-great-grandma. With just a few ingredients, it’s quick to make and sure to disappear even more quickly.

Aubrie, Louisiana 4-H

mini blueberry pie recipe from 4-H

Mini Blueberry Pies

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

It’s almost too easy to make these irresistible desserts. Just gather blueberries, pie crust, and not much else, and pretty soon the house will smell like baking berry pie.

Cady and Madison, Louisiana 4-H

Featured Recipes

Oven Smothered Chicken recipe from celebrity chef and Tennessee 4-H Alumna Carla Hall

Oven Smothered Chicken

2 Hours

This updated version of a comforting Southern classic is not only cooked completely in the oven for a perfect weeknight meal, but it's fall-off-the-bone delicious.

Carla Hall, Celebrity Chef, Author, 4-H Healthy Habits Program Ambassador, Tennessee 4-H Alumna

cauliflower steak and poached egg recipe from New York 4-H Alumna and celebrity chef Anne Burrell

Cauliflower “Steaks” with Sautéed Porcini and Poached Egg

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

This brunch (or anytime) dish propelled chef Anne Burrell to victory on a Food Network competition. Nutritious and satisfying, it will score big in your home, too.

Anne Burrell, Host of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, New York 4-H Alumna

creole spiced black eyed pea salad on toast from New York 4-H Alumnus and celebrity chef, Lazarus Lynch

Creole-Spiced Black-Eyed Peas Salad on Crusty Toast

30 Minutes

This celebratory dish has roots in Southern and black culture, and is great for any occasion. When using canned beans, it can be whipped up in no time.

Lazarus Lynch, Chef, Author, Activist, New York 4-H Alum

watermelon slush recipe from 4-H

Watermelon Slush

10 - 15 Minutes

Loaded with hydration to spare, this bright and fruity slush is a delicious, refreshing snack to replenish your body – and lift your spirits – on hot days.

Elisabeth, California 4-H

Easy Egg and Sausage breakfast casserole recipe from 4-H

Easy Egg and Sausage Casserole

1 Hour

This filling dish has everything you like about breakfast in one place. Plus, it’s perfect for prepping ahead of time, then popping into the oven the morning of.

Tracey, Mississippi 4-H

chicken stir fry recipe from 4-H

Chicken Stir Fry

1 Hour

You can take this recipe and make it your own – once you master the basics of this healthy dish, you can mix it up by using different veggies every time.

Wyatt, South Carolina 4-H

Sock-it-to-me Honey Cake recipe from Laila Ali

Sock-It-To-Me Cake

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

This coffee cake with cinnamon, cardamom and honey is a Southern tradition gone gluten-free. It’s easy to make and so good, it’ll make you shout, “Sock it to me!”

Laila Ali, Cookbook Author, TV Host, Former Boxing Champion and Creator of Laila Ali Lifestyle

crab dip recipe from 4-H

JoAnn’s Louisiana Blue Crab Dip

30 Minutes

This prizewinning party food favorite comes from a 4-Her’s great-great-grandma. With just a few ingredients, it’s quick to make and sure to disappear even more quickly.

Aubrie, Louisiana 4-H

mini blueberry pie recipe from 4-H

Mini Blueberry Pies

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

It’s almost too easy to make these irresistible desserts. Just gather blueberries, pie crust, and not much else, and pretty soon the house will smell like baking berry pie.

Cady and Madison, Louisiana 4-H

Featured Recipes

Oven Smothered Chicken recipe from celebrity chef and Tennessee 4-H Alumna Carla Hall

Oven Smothered Chicken

2 Hours

This updated version of a comforting Southern classic is not only cooked completely in the oven for a perfect weeknight meal, but it's fall-off-the-bone delicious.

Carla Hall, Celebrity Chef, Author, 4-H Healthy Habits Program Ambassador, Tennessee 4-H Alumna

cauliflower steak and poached egg recipe from New York 4-H Alumna and celebrity chef Anne Burrell

Cauliflower “Steaks” with Sautéed Porcini and Poached Egg

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

This brunch (or anytime) dish propelled chef Anne Burrell to victory on a Food Network competition. Nutritious and satisfying, it will score big in your home, too.

Anne Burrell, Host of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, New York 4-H Alumna

creole spiced black eyed pea salad on toast from New York 4-H Alumnus and celebrity chef, Lazarus Lynch

Creole-Spiced Black-Eyed Peas Salad on Crusty Toast

30 Minutes

This celebratory dish has roots in Southern and black culture, and is great for any occasion. When using canned beans, it can be whipped up in no time.

Lazarus Lynch, Chef, Author, Activist, New York 4-H Alum

watermelon slush recipe from 4-H

Watermelon Slush

10 - 15 Minutes

Loaded with hydration to spare, this bright and fruity slush is a delicious, refreshing snack to replenish your body – and lift your spirits – on hot days.

Elisabeth, California 4-H

Easy Egg and Sausage breakfast casserole recipe from 4-H

Easy Egg and Sausage Casserole

1 Hour

This filling dish has everything you like about breakfast in one place. Plus, it’s perfect for prepping ahead of time, then popping into the oven the morning of.

Tracey, Mississippi 4-H

chicken stir fry recipe from 4-H

Chicken Stir Fry

1 Hour

You can take this recipe and make it your own – once you master the base of this dish, you can mix it up by using different veggies every time.

Wyatt, South Carolina 4-H

Sock-it-to-me Honey Cake recipe from Laila Ali

Sock-It-To-Me Cake

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

This coffee cake with cinnamon, cardamom and honey is a Southern tradition gone gluten-free. It’s easy to make and so good, it’ll make you shout, “Sock it to me!”

Laila Ali, Cookbook Author, TV Host, Former Boxing Champion and Creator of Laila Ali Lifestyle

crab dip recipe from 4-H

JoAnn’s Louisiana Blue Crab Dip

30 Minutes

This prizewinning party food favorite comes from a 4-Her’s great-great-grandma. With just a few ingredients, it’s quick to make and sure to disappear even more quickly.

Aubrie, Louisiana 4-H

mini blueberry pie recipe from 4-H

Mini Blueberry Pies

1 Hour, 30 Minutes

It’s almost too easy to make these irresistible desserts. Just gather blueberries, pie crust, and not much else, and pretty soon the house will smell like baking berry pie.

Cady and Madison, Louisiana 4-H

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!

Shop 4-H Curriculum and Products

Shop4-H.org offers university-backed curriculum, educational kits, products and supplies to expand your knowledge of cooking, food, and nutrition.

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4-H Clover Cookie Cutter

The only thing better than cookies? Clover-shaped, 4-H-made cookies. Bring 4-H into your kitchen with this metal 4-H cookie cutter. This cutter makes for an excellent cooking competition or food demonstration prize.

$1.25

4-H Cooking 101 Curriculum from Shop 4-H

4-H Cooking 101

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.

$10.05

4-H clover aprons from Shop 4-H

4-H Clover Apron

All good cooks need an apron when they are whisking around the kitchen! Cook in style while showing your 4-H pride!

Available in green or white.

$16.99

iCook digital cooking curriculum from Shop 4-H

iCook: Cooking, Eating & Playing Together

Grades: 4-6

 

Developed by professionals at American land-grant universities, this digital program includes eight 2-hour sessions of instruction to help you learn the ins and outs of cooking and nutrition. 

$21.00

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Fresh Chefs Cooking Essentials Bundle

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.

$15.99

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Fantastic Foods: Six Easy Bites

Grades: 3-12

 

This food activity guide helps 4-Hers learn about different food ingredients, food characteristics, and food safety issues. 

$8.95

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