Tag Archives: cooking classes

grilling tip + gratitude

17 Jun

5062066751_bbfb3a8ce4Calling all grilling enthusiasts!

Leave a lasting mark on your summer grilling ingredients by using the “cross hatch” method.

Not only does the cross hatch make your food look pretty, it allows it to cook more evenly ensuring that your ingredients both look and taste delicious.

Check out our last table top of the school year that our students get to read during lunch. Hopefully this cooking method will inspire our students during their fun summer cook outs!

Happy end (or almost end) of the school year for all! It’s been an amazing year filled with lots of healthy food, nutrition education, cooking classes and happy and healthy children.

Thanks to everyone that has been apart of making our program a success, and to all of our students, parents and faculty for being so supportive, informative and enthusiastic.

Looking forward to another spectacular school year ahead, and a rich, fun and eye opening summer camp program to come!

With gratitude,

The Butter Beans Team

Photo courtesy of Dinner Series

Welcome back to school!

6 Sep

7891329402_c5a3aa8e50It’s the first week in September, and families are coming back from their various summer adventures, ready to start the school year.

After a long and wonderful summer filled with our food + garden summer camp, our kitchen is bustling again, and our chef and kitchen staff are busy preparing our homemade meals from scratch. Our delivery manager is delivering our food to our schools, and our management team is overseeing logistics to ensure that our operations are running smoothly.

Our food service staff are waking up today and traveling to their respective schools to nourish students at lunch-time with our delicious meals, and engage them in food conversations. Our wellness and food education team are busy planning and preparing to the launch our after-school cooking classes. We are a busy, and happy group of people, all here for one mission: providing children with the nutrition they need to be productive and happy at school, and pairing that with wellness and food education.

As part of our in-cafeteria wellness initiatives, we develop monthly table tops for children to read when they are sitting down at their tables, or waiting on line for lunch. Each month they will find a new culinary technique, along with a fun recipe to make at home. We will be sharing these with you as the school year progresses, and hope you enjoy reading them just as much as they do!

Welcome back, and cheers to a fantastic school year ahead!

Photo courtesy of USAG-Humphreys

Vegan Zucchini Bread

22 Aug

Zucchini BreadAs our food + garden summer camp comes to a close, our campers are creating their last recipes to add to their Butter Beans cookbooks.

Hands down, one of their favorite foods they’ve made at camp was the vegan zucchini bread. They ranted and raved about this quick bread, so we thought we’d share the delicious recipe with you!

Makes 2 loaf pans, recipe adapted from hell yeah it’s vegan!

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups turbinado or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-2.5 cups grated zucchini (~3 medium sized ones)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or raisins, optional

Directions: 

Grease 2 loaf pans, preheat the oven to 350F. Mix together flax seeds with warm water, then add sugar, oil, applesauce, vanilla and beat well. Add grated zucchini, and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Pour batter into pans and bake for 50-55 minutes.

Thank you to all of the wonderful families and campers we have met along the way this summer! We hope that your children leave inspired to cook creatively, grow edible gardens, compost food scraps, support local farmers, preserve foods, make their own ice cream, and set good examples for those around them.

If you are interested in signing up for the adventures yet to come during summer camp 2013, shoot us an email at camp@butterbeanskitchen.com, we have some early bird discounts that you won’t want to miss!

Photo courtesy of lydiajoy1

intuitive cooking

25 Jul

8161030847_e62134378cCooking by intuition is quite a different experience than cooking straight from a recipe. Recipes allow for some leeway and creative additions however, cooking without a recipe, rather an idea, vision, or craving, inspires room for experimentation and unique creations, ultimately resulting in a big question mark.

Some of us like the safety of recipes, and are more drawn to them, while others enjoy cooking without a plan, and guide their meals with what is present in their fridge and pantry. Some of us like a hybrid; using a recipe as a guide, and adding our own unique spin to those recipes.

At Butter Beans, we use tried and true recipes for our school lunches and breakfast items, however, there is a lot of vibrant experimentation that goes on behind the scenes in order for us to come up with recipes that our students have come to love and expect from our program.

During our after-school cooking classes, we cook from a recipe, but provide our students with room to improvise, by adding a little bit more garlic, or a bit more spice, as they taste their food and season it to their liking. We like to provide our students with a guide to their short but sweet lesson, so that they can learn about the unique flavors and textures of different cuisines. Our students end up eating foods that their parents, and themselves would have never thought imaginable!

During our food & garden summer camp we cook mostly from intuition, but still use a few recipes here and there as our guide. After brainstorming collectively on what kind of meal we want to cook at lunch, we write up a shopping list.

Our campers then get to visit the farmers market and pick out their ingredients. Seeing them take ownership of their recipes is inspiring, as they get excited to pick out the most unique looking peppers, or strangely formed carrots. Once their creation is made, they end up loving every bite of their meal, and enjoy the chatter and friendships that bud from sharing food.

What is your cooking style like? Do you like cooking from recipes or from your own inspirations?

Photo courtesy of Sunbeam Free Photos Art & Fun

Vote For Butter Beans!

25 Jun

For all of you wonderful blog followers out there, we have a short and sweet favor to ask of you.

We have entered a contest to obtain a $250,000 grant to help grow our company, and would love your support! In order for us to be considered for this grant, we will need 250 votes by Saturday, June 30th.

As of this morning we have a grand total of 162 votes, so our goal is indeed reachable. Feel free to spread the word to your respective blog communities, friends, family and colleagues. Thank you for your support in our vision of improving children’s lives through healthy eating and nutrition education.

To vote, visit http://bit.ly/votebutterbeans, and click on the bottom right “Log In & Support” to log in through your facebook account. Search for “Butter Beans” and click on us.

Your vote will help support Butter Beans by increasing the number of children that participate and have access to our nutritious school lunches and snacks, along with growing our nutrition & wellness programs in schools, providing scholarships for our food & garden summer camp, and so much more!