Archive | April, 2013

enjoying food the Butter Beans way

15 Apr

225071_499064973454665_451393431_nWe are blessed to have a wonderful team of food service staff nourishing our students everyday at lunch-time.

We received this post from Shaquanna, who has been working with us for two years, and wanted to share her journey with you all.

Why I love Butter Beans

When I used to hear the term “lunch lady,” I immediately envisioned a woman in a hair net slapping visually unappealing food down on a plastic lunch tray.

Working with Butter Beans has allowed me to develop a new vision of what school lunch means. We truly are changing the way America thinks about school lunch!

With food being at the very core of our physical survival, the quality of the food we eat directly impacts our health and well-being.

As a Food Service Supervisor, I take pride in the work that I do since it makes a difference in the lives of the kids we serve. By serving high quality, nutrient dense food to children I know that we are positively impacting these kids’ lives for years to come.

Before working for Butter Beans my eating habits were far from what I wanted them to be. I grew up on a processed food diet. As an adult these foods continued to be my main sources of “nutrition.”

After having children of my own, I wanted to be more conscious of the foods I ate. Since good eating habits begin at home, I knew that I had to make changes in my diet so that my daughters would follow my example.

Although I wanteBHGRsfXCAAAfYqK.jpg-larged to change, I didn’t really know where to start. I didn’t know much about organic, or processed foods until years after my daughters were born. But that didn’t stop me from implementing small health changes as my food knowledge grew.

With that in mind, my experience at Butter Beans has helped me tremendously. Working with them has given me so many insights on healthy eating that I am really grateful for!

I have learned that eating healthy can be inspiring and fun. I’ve also been exposed to new foods such as quinoa and hummus, which I had never tasted or heard of before Butter Beans. I’ve even learned to come up with healthy new recipes based on our lunch menus!

Butter Beans has become an inseparable part of my life, my thanks to them for helping me on my road to health and wellness.

I will continue to incorporate healthy food choices in my everyday life so that my family and I can continue to live healthy, happy lives!

ravishing red bean tacos

12 Apr

photo-26Beans are certainly one of the most economical proteins and sources of great nutrition (B vitamins, folate, iron, potassium, zinc etc…) out there!

Buy them dry, let them soak overnight or over a work-day, rinse, then cook them in water on your stove for 1 hour, or your pressure cooker and voila – meatless gems ready for a fun meal!

Here’s a great way to use them up:

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup red beans
  • 1 oz cheddar cheese, diced (optional)
  • 2-3 slices of avocado
  • 1/3 small onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp salsa
  • handful of greens (sprouts/cilantro/lettuce/microgreens)

Directions:

1. Prep and cook your beans: Measure out your beans, soak them for 8 hours. Drain and rinse, then add to a pot, submerge in water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 – 1.5 hours, test for doneness.

2. Prep other ingredients: Heat up corn tortillas in the oven. Chop cheese, avocado, onion.

3. Assemble and serve: Place corn tortillas on your plate, add beans, cheese, avocado, onion, salsa and top with your greens. Add some hot sauce for some kick, and enjoy!

You’ll be surprised at how filling and satisfied you’ll feel after this meal.

transformative cutlets

10 Apr

photo-23Transform your plain chicken breasts into vibrant panko crusted cutlets that we know you, and your children will love!

Here’s how:

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 8oz. chicken breasts, cut thinly
  • .5 cup flour (optional)
  • 1 cup panko (or breadcrumbs)
  • 1-2 eggs, whisked
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of paprika
  • 1-2 tablespoons canola oil

Directions:

1. Prep your chicken: Rinse, and dry then cut into thin slices.

2. Make an assembly line: Take out 5 plates. Place chicken, flour, eggs and panko mixture on each plate in that order. Leave one plate empty for completed cutlets.

3. Start breading: Transfer your chicken slices along the assembly line, place breaded chicken on the empty plate.

4. Cook: In a pan over medium heat, add canola oil and let heat up. Add a few slices, cooking for 4-7 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of your chicken.

4. Serve: With a side salad, or quick steamed veggies and enjoy!

We’ve been chosen: Liebster Blog Award

8 Apr

liebster-blog-awardBlog awards are so sweet, making us bloggers feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Who knew that our simple little blog could have garnered an award from another wonderful blogger PsyKdeliaSmiths’ Kitchen!

We are ever so grateful for the support, likes and comments from our intimate and unique group of blog followers.

We hope that our blog has been inspiring you in many ways: to cook more at home, or to involve your children in the cooking and growing process (everything from seed planting, grocery shopping to cleaning up), exposing them to new and fun foods, and spreading food education, conversation and awareness to everyone you meet.

We can make change with our own two hands, no matter how small or big. We all have a purpose in this world, so go out and change it for the better- one blog post (speaking engagement, lesson plan, conversation, social media shares, networking events, meals, encounters…) at a time!

Once again, a huge thank you goes out to PsyKdeliaSmiths’ Kitchen for this lovely nomination.

Here’s some more information about the award:

What is the award about? Liebster is a German word that means favourite. This award is presented by bloggers to other bloggers who have 200 or less followers. According to this post by another nominated blogger the award started in Germany in 2010 and there are no real rules, she says:

The real “gist” of the Liebster Award is that there is no real award. There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It’s mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along. It’s that easy.

The rules:

  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog
  • Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you
  • Copy and paste the blog award on your blog
  • Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed (let me know if you need help figuring this step out)
  • Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog

Our nominations:

Here is our list of bloggers who you should certainly check out – they keep the community vibrant, full of phenomenal ideas and inspiring concepts:

1. PsyKdeliaSmiths’ Kitchen

2. Our Little Family Adventure

3. food:digested

4. Club Dine In!

5. emsbytes

It’s a happy day for Butter Beans – and for all our nominees!

better than candy

5 Apr

4980568258_8a3f50f2dbPrunes!

A wonderful dried fruit to keep on hand for days when you just want something sweet.

It’s helpful to stock up on foods that you know are better for you than others. This will help inspire you to eat more natural foods vs. processed foods, since they will simply be out of reach.

Prunes and other dried fruits like dates, apricots, raisins satisfy that sweet tooth every time! Prunes are a fantastic source of various nutrients like vitamin K, fiber and potassium.

No recipes here, just our enthusiasm for pure unadulterated prunes. So go on, and prune it up!

Photo courtesy of eLaboureur