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bountiful butter beans

21 May

For those of you familiar with our blog, you may know how we got our name. For those of you who are new to our blog (welcome!), we are happy to share our story with you. Our co-founder and CEO, Belinda grew up on a farm in North Carolina. She used to shell butter beans with her grandmother (say that 5 times), and this experience stood out to her as one of her fondest food memories.

Don’t have much time to head to the farm and shell butter beans? Don’t fret, here are some great options that will make it easier for you to include these delightful beans in your diet. BPA free canned butter beans are delicious, all you need to do is drain and rinse them, then you can add them as the protein component to your salad (or other meals), like we did in our photo! Looking for another alternative? Buy them dry and soak them overnight. Simmer them in water on your stove top for about 1 hour to 1.5 hours, and they are all ready to eat. With your canned or home cooked beans, try making a butter bean dip:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of butter beans (which makes about 2 cups)
  • 2 medium sized garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper
Directions:
Rinse your butter beans, and peel garlic cloves. Place beans and garlic into food processor, add the olive oil and lemon juice and process until you have reached a dip like consistency (if too thick add a bit of water). Taste the mixture and adjust seasoning. Scoop into a bowl and finish with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper. Enjoy with pita, crudites, tortilla chips, on bread to make a sandwich…the possibilities are endless!

our Earth Day celebration

24 Apr

This past weekend we celebrated Earth Day at the Hilltop Hanover Farm with the Speyer Legacy School and Health Barn USA. We were invited to teach a class on the difference in taste, texture and nutritional values of processed and unprocessed foods, and we had a lot of fun!

We brought in a sample of jarred tomato salsa, and packaged fruit cups, and took a good look at their ingredients. Then we brought in fresh ingredients to make homemade salsa and fresh fruit salad from scratch. We reviewed the nutritional properties of the fresh veggies and fruits we were using, and identified what parts of our bodies they benefit. Our class culminated in a taste test of the two different salsa’s and two different fruit salads. It turned out that half of the children liked the jarred salsa better then the fresh, and we talked about why that might be (because of the added sugar), and all of the children preferred the fresh fruit salad over the packaged one. Since we made such a big batch of both dishes we were able to serve it at the potluck picnic, and the children (and adults) completely devoured it!

To read more about our Earth Day on the farm click here