Tag Archives: cookbook

NYC’s Green Cart Initative

20 Aug

pr036-08As the movement towards a healthier food system has become an increasingly popular topic in our society, the movement towards pragmatic solutions to address food access issues has grown as well. With public discourse surrounding the state of our health, awareness has grown. Opportunities have presented themselves, and solutions have been brought forth.

One solution that is working in NYC is the Green Cart Initiative: bringing fresh fruits and vegetables into neighborhoods without much access to such produce.

Thanks to the Illumination Fund, the NYC Green Cart Initiative has created more than 900 new jobs, offering micro financing opportunities and providing neighborhoods with better access to fruits, vegetables and healthier food choices.

The fund has just published a fantastic and inspiring cookbook, called the NYC Green Cart Fresh Food Pack, a collection of 20 recipes in both Spanish and English, featuring food items available at the green carts and authored by chefs, healthcare professionals and green cart customers and vendors themselves! Check it out here.

We look forward to featuring other practical solutions to addressing the state of our health in our blog, and in the meantime, check out the documentary “Apple Pushers” which provides a face to the Green Cart Initiative.

Feel free to share other stories that help solve local food issues in your communities.

Photo courtesy of nyc.gov

what to do with carrot tops?

16 Apr

Are those bushy carrot tops edible? What do they taste like? What in the world can you do with them?

We delved into these questions with our food + garden summer campers last year, after buying a few bundles of carrots from the Union Square Farmers Market to prep for another recipe. As we were having fun chopping up our carrots, we saw some of our campers heading over with the tops to the compost bins. We caught them right before they were given to the worms, and asked our campers if they thought the tops were edible. Some said yes, others said no. So we decided to do an experiment. We rinsed some carrot tops and passed them around. With open minds we all tried it, and much to their surprise they liked it and compared its taste to parsley. We then went on to blend up a carrot top pesto, which they creatively entitled “Peaceful Bunny Food Pesto.”

Here is what we came up with:


  • 1 bundle of carrot tops
  • a handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and pepper


Cut off the carrot tops from the tips of the carrots. Rinse the tops under cool water to remove any sand or dirt. Over low heat, toast the pumpkin seeds until lightly browned and fragrant, let cool. Remove the skins of the garlic cloves. Place carrot tops, seeds, garlic, oil, salt and pepper into your blender or food processor and pulse until you reach a pesto-like consistency. Taste along the way and adjust seasoning and the amount of seeds as you go.

This unusual, yet versatile pesto makes a great addition to pasta dishes, rice, quinoa, sandwiches or salads. Now you can rest easy knowing that the entirety of your carrots have been put to good use!

Snow day bliss

27 Jan

It is delicious really, the quiet that takes over a town when covered in snow. Time slows down, and opens up to a slower start. A bit more lounging in pajamas. A Sunday-esc feast for breakfast. Meal time as a family has become a luxury for many, and usually centers around dinner. How nice it is though, to gather around the breakfast table and savor a slow cooked meal. Vegetable frittata, sausage, whole grain pancakes, oatmeal with flax and nuts and berries, quick scones or rolls, hot tea, coffee… Breakfast definitely sets a tone for the day. Especially for young children – who do not set the tone, but follow the tone we set for them. What bliss, to begin the day sure-footed, calm and connected. Happy snow day!

If you have a breakfast story or tradition that you love, consider sharing it with us for our cookbook!

We’re creating a cookbook – please share your stories!

24 Jan


Here at Butter Beans, we love to cook!  We are intrigued by the way food connects us all, and are creating a cookbook that explores this with stories of cooking with kids of all ages.  If you would like to submit a story about your connection, or your family’s connection and experience with any part of the food life-chain:  growing, shopping, eating, composting, etc., please email us at info@butterbeanskitchen.com with the subject line “cookbook story.” Stories can be written by anyone – adults, kids, and parents of kids.



Do your kids love to cook?

17 Dec

Here at Butter Beans, we love to cook!  We also love to share our favorite recipes, and come up with ways to integrate our food stories into our school lunch menus.  We are intrigued by the way food connects us all, and are creating a cookbook that explores stories of cooking with our children.  If you would like to submit a story please do so by emailing info@butterbeanskitchen.com with the subject line “cookbook story.” Thank you for sharing and connecting with us!