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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:00 pm

At the end of a busy day at work, sometimes all you need is a good bite to eat.

But when it comes to a choice of making a homemade healthy meal and a trip to the drive-thru for some fast food, convenience often wins the battle.

At Odessa College’s Saulsbury Conference Center Monday evening, a sold-out crowd of 175 people learned that homemade meals can be healthy and fast at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension’s first “Dinner Tonight” Healthy Cooking School at OC.

“People are busy but still want to eat healthy,” said Joanna Pack, an extension agent with Andrews County Agrilife .

During the evening, OC Culinary Arts Department Director J.B. Ward and expert panel of dieticians answered questions on how best to cook healthy and how to alter recipes to suit allergies.

A tasting panel that included State Rep. Tryon Lewis and Ector County Commissioner Dale Childers helped describe some of the recipes to the audience.

Some recipes the panel taste-tested included mango curry chicken salad and “kickin’ ” sweet potato fries.

At the end of the evening, the audience got to take home a goody bag filled with healthy recipes featured during the evening and nutritional information on sugar, peanuts and beef.

Audience member Mary Richardson said she was excited such an event was offered.

Richardson was hoping to learn some tips on cooking healthy, fast meals for when she came home after a 15-hour work day.

“There’s not enough hours in a day for a person who works to make something fulfilling,” Richardson said. “If I can make a meal that’s a lot simpler, I feel it would be awesome.”

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