You've worked all day, picked up the kids and handled all the errands. Now, what's for dinner? Not only does it have be quick, easy and healthy, it's got to be something everyone will enjoy.

Enter the Erath County AgriLife Extension Service, which is sponsoring its third annual Dinner Tonight healthy cooking school at the Barry B. Thompson Student Center at Tarleton from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. 

"Life is crazy and busy and we want to provide parents with fun, healthy ways to feed their families that is also cost effective," White said. "We will show participants three delicious meal menus and provide them with information to create them and other meals for their own families."

Some of the demonstrations will include how to make kale chips, what herbs to use in certain recipes, healthy ingredients to substitute in meals, how to make polenta and other Pinterest "pins" put to the test by local nutrition experts.

Dietitians from Texas Health Hospitals, Ellen Wells and Laurie Lively, will be on hand providing interesting facts, testing the Pinterest theories about healthy eating and more.

"A lucky table will get to taste the meals and for those worried they won't be able to see, we will have the demonstrations shown on the video screens," White said.

The Extension office is partnering with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Tarleton, The Home Place at Ace, STAR Council, Texas Beef Council, H.E.B. and others to host the event. 

"We are always trying to come up with new things, things that people want to know about for this event," White said. "We have lots of fun local partners, which makes it really neat."

Registration is $20 per person and includes a drink, snacks, samples from the meal management team at TSU, a Dinner Tonight cookbook and goodie bag filled with all kinds of kitchen gadgets.

Participants are asked to bring canned goods or nonperishable food items to be donated to local food banks through Tarleton's Food Fanatics program. 

To register, visit or call 877-THR-WELL (877-847-9355).

Seating is limited.