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cooking is a revolutionary act

1 Apr

Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 10.42.40 AMIf you follow our blog, you most likely love to cook.

Well, we are in good company!

We are part of a movement that is inspiring our audiences to cook at home, fostering relationships with family, friends, neighbors, while furthering physical, mental and spiritual health.

Cooking doesn’t have to be fancy or feel out of reach. On the contrary, cooking should be seen as simple, approachable and fun!

With all of the jarring statistics we hear everyday, it’s comforting to know that we can change ourselves, our families, our communities by using our own two hands. Grocery shopping, turning on that oven, prepping those ingredients, and sitting down at the table can have profound effects on everyone involved in the process.

As Dr. Mark Hyman summarizes, “cooking…can transform everything…our health, the environment, our economy and so much more!”

Join Dr. Mark Hyman for an “eat-in” on April 7th, to “take back our health by avoiding restaurants and packaged foods.” On this day he asks us to make real, whole, fresh food and invite family and friends over to share in that moment.

Let’s all pledge to prepare more food at home, and help educate and inspire others to do the same.

Happy healthy eating to all!

Photo courtesy of theeatin.org

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

avocado egg salad

1 Feb

photo-4Looking to cure the lunch or breakfast blues?

Try making this versatile avocado egg salad! Who needs mayonnaise when you have avocado?!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 slice of red onion
  • Dusting of paprika
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, drop your eggs and let cook for 5-9 minutes (depending on the size of your eggs). Meanwhile, cut avocado in half and peel it. Dice the red onion. Once eggs are cooke, remove water from the pot then run cool water over the eggs to cool them down. Smash them to break their shells, and peel. With a fork mash the avocado and eggs together. Add onion and mix. Dust with paprika and a pinch of sea salt. For an additional burst of flavor add cilantro, or salad greens!

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!

winter BBQ ribs

28 Jan

4663625452_f53d16c10cWinter weather elicits the desire for warm foods, as we hibernate indoors and transition to looking inwards.

Slow cookers or crock pots, are a fantastic way to cook up a gourmet tasting meal with very little effort, perfect for the winter season!

Slow cookers use less energy than leaving your oven on for long durations of time, and are super easy to use and clean. We highly suggest adding one to your cooking repertoire.

Here is our recipe for winter BBQ ribs that will leave you and your family satisfied, and your bodies feeling warm and winterized.

Serves 4 half rack portions.

Ingredients:
  • St. Luis style pork ribs, 2 slabs

Dry rub:

  • Brown sugar, 1 cup
  • Paprika, 1/2 cup
  • Black pepper, 2 tbsp
  • Kosher salt, 2 tbsp
  • Chili powder, 2 tbsp
  • Garlic powder, 2 tbsp
  • Onion powder, 2 tbsp
  • Cayenne, 2 tsp

BBQ sauce: 

  • Ketchup, 2 cups
  • Water, 1/2 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup
  • Brown sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil, .25 cup
  • Paprika, .25 cup
  • Chili powder, 2 tbsp
  • Garlic, minced, 4 cloves
  • Cayenne, 2 tsp
  • Yellow onion, diced, 1 large
Directions:

Combine dry rub ingredients.

For the BBQ sauce, heat olive oil over medium heat, add yellow onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic, sautee for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and let thicken for 15 minutes. Cool and reserve.

Two nights before eating the ribs, remove the silver skin on the backside, then rub them with dry rub, let them sit overnight in your fridge.

The night before eating, cook the ribs in slow cooker on low/medium for 6-8 hours, until tender, or in your oven at 225F for 6-8 hours. Cool the ribs overnight (so tempting!).

To finish the ribs, cut them into individual ribs, place them back in a pan and add half the BBQ sauce, bake uncovered at 325F for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until the sauce has caramelized.

Serve ribs with extra BBQ sauce, heated, then enjoy all of your hard work!

Photo courtesy of snowpea&bokchoi