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colorful tailor-made tacos

27 Mar

photo-22It’s taco night!

What a fun way to include your children in the cooking process – have them come up with some of their favorite toppings, and include them in the cooking process. They can tailor their tacos as they please, and will likely get a little experimental with some fun ingredients!

Start with some shell’s either hard or soft, depending on your liking, cook up some lean ground turkey meat with some spices, bake, then top off with your favorite toppings, and you’re in for an amazing meal!

Here’s how:

Serves 2

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • .5 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp of your preferred spices: cajun rub or a mixture of cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper
  • 4 taco shells, or soft tacos
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • optional: shredded cheese of your liking, garnish of cilantro, lime wedges

Directions:

1. Prep your ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F. Mince garlic, cube avocado, dice onion, shred cheese, pluck cilantro, cut lime wedges. Arrange taco shells on baking sheet.

2. Cook and season turkey. Add olive oil to your pan, sautee the garlic then add in your turkey. Sprinkle in your cajun rub or spice mix. Mix turkey meat in pan, and cook for 10-12 minutes.

3. Assemble your tacos. Distribute taco meat into taco shells. If you’re using cheese, add in as well. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until tacos have warmed up, and cheese has melted.

4. Finish. Remove tacos from oven, add toppings, garnish with cilantro and a splash of lime, then dig in!

Buon aprovecho!

chicken fried rice

6 Feb

2208031777_5cf431d135Chicken fried rice makes for a kid-friendly meal, and also acts as a blank slate making room for lots of cooking creativity.

Add this recipe to your dinner repertoire and your kids will thank you!

We have first-hand proof from our students that this recipe comes out fantastically delicious, boasting two thumbs up in the cafeteria.

Here is how we make it in our kitchen:

Ingredients:
  • Brown rice, 4 cups (cooked the day before for best results)
  • Chicken breast, 2 lbs
  • Carrots, .3 cups
  • Celery, .3 cups
  • Eggs, 4
  • Yellow onions, .25 cups
  • Fresh frozen peas, .3 cups
  • Bok choy, .3 cups
  • Napa cabbage, .3 cups
  • Cooking oil (olive or canola), 2 tablespoons
  • Sesame oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Tamari, 2 tablespoons
  • Black pepper, 1 pinch
  • Kosher salt, 1 pinch
Marinade for chicken:
  • Tamari, 1 cup
  • Rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon
  • Cornstarch (optional), 1 teaspoon
  • Cooking oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Sesame oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Black pepper, 1 pinch
  • Kosher salt, 1 pinch

Directions:

Scramble eggs, set aside. Place diced raw chicken in marinade for twenty minutes (or overnight if you so inclined). In a skillet heat cooking oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the skillet, and cook until lightly browned. Add all vegetables, cook until tender. Add in cooked rice, then add in sesame oil, tamari, salt, pepper. Stir constantly. Add in egg mixture, stir until eggs are completely cooked. Taste and season to your liking.
Photo courtesy of patrickwoodward

suggestions for picky eaters

4 Feb

Picky EatersFeeling defeated in trying to get your children to eat healthy?

Perhaps it’s the texture, color or consistency of a food that discourages them from eating it, or simply an aversion to specific foods?

Your children are not alone, picky eating is a very common phase for growing children. In fact, research has shown that the average child needs to be repeatedly exposed to new foods before forming an honest opinion on it.

When introducing your child to a new or healthy food, have patience. It may take more than a few times of trying the newly introduced food before your child accepts it. A great way to help children ease into the introduction is by working new food into your typical family meals. Some favorites of ours include:

Cannellini puree: Makes for a great addition to various kid-friendly foods such as mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, tomato sauce, or to thicken up soups. It will add in some extra protein and fiber into your everyday meals.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • herbs and spices of choice

Directions:

Blend until smooth.

Carrot puree: Add this puree to your favorite tomato sauce, mac and cheese, muffin or pancake recipe. A wonderful way to add more vitamin A and folate to your meals.

Ingredients:

  • 3 carrot stalks, peeled and diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions:

Put sweet potatoes and carrots into a pot, add enough cold water to cover. Boil for 30 minutes or until soft. Drain, then add into your food processor with 2 tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth.

What strategies have you come up with to add nutrients into the diets of your picky eaters?

Photo courtesy of CarbonNYC

Recipes adapted from Parenting.com

summer plans

30 Jan

IMG_0004Winter is still here, but summer is not that far away!

Come get a head start on your summer plans by visiting us this Saturday at PS 321′s Summer Camp Expo to learn more about our fun-filled food & garden summer camp!

Not only will our Co-Founder and Camp Director be there to answer all of your questions, we will also be sampling our homemade camp snacks like our famous granola bars and giving out some seed packets for garden inspiration.

Our summer camp is all about food! How to grow, harvest, cook, compost, where it comes from, who is behind the scenes, how much energy it takes to get to us, and why it’s good for us. All while having fun in the sun, and enjoying the summer-time to it’s fullest.

For those who sign up for camp at the PS 321 event, we’ll give you an additional $75.00 off, along with our 10% off promotion.

See you there!

flora’s seasonal recipe: pondering persimmons

7 Jan

6290086996_8e25c56234Sitting on the train one day, a father, mother and their two daughters entered my car toting orange shopping bags filled with fresh produce. They were caught up in lively conversations, while each one of them was biting into a ripe persimmon.

It was inspiring to watch a family all enjoying a fresh and unique fruit together on their train ride. The sheer happiness emanating from their faces was a true testament to the importance of sharing family meals and moments.

What also stood out to me was their conscious decision to pick persimmons as their snack. Perhaps the persimmons brought back childhood memories for their parents, and they wanted to share those memories with their children? Maybe their children chose the fruit and enlightened them on how delicious they are? Or maybe they all walked into the store never having tried persimmons, and the shop keeper was giving out tastings?

Whichever way the persimmons made it onto the train with this sweet family, they were in my car for a reason. While I watched them, I was able to reflect on the value of food memories, the ways in which food connects us to place, grounds us in flavor and promotes health and wellness.

Hopefully this sweet family has inspired you to pick up a persimmon or two, and share the experience with someone you love on your very own road to making food memories together.

46422626_c4691b75e5How to eat a persimmon? There are two main types: Fuyu (tomato shaped – eat with peel on) and Hachiya (acorn shaped – remove peel).

Fuyu:

  • Wash it first.
  • Once ripe (should feel soft, not squishy), cut in half then cut into wedges, like you would a tomato.
  • Or simply bite into one like an apple!

Hachiya:

  • Wash it first.
  • Once ripe (should feel squishy in your hand) cut open the top, and spoon out the fruit.
  • Eat with abandon!

For more persimmon recipes and inspirations click here.

Photos courtesy of sleepyneko and Beyond Forgetting

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