Tag Archives: homemade meals

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

our love affair with beans

2 May

8035456049_0801afba3fHere at Butter Beans, we truly love our beans!

You may have wondered where we came up with the name Butter Beans? Our co-founder and CEO, Belinda grew up in North Carolina on a farm and used to shell butter beans with her grandmother. This experience stood out to her as one of her fondest food memories. Butter beans are extremely nutrient dense and delicious, and were one of Belinda’s favorite foods she enjoyed as a child. Now these beans have come to embody our mission of feeding children nutritious foods at lunch-time, teaching children about nutrition, and the skills to cook up homemade meals for themselves and their families.

Beans are an excellent source of protein, are filled with fiber, vitamin B, folate and minerals like iron, potassium and zinc. Eating beans helps keep your heart, circulation, blood pressure and digestion strong! They make a great addition to most dishes; mixed into rice or quinoa, tossed into salads, blended into dips, sculpted into patties, stewed in soups, and spiced up to make a tasty chili.

Buying them in a can is great for saving time (always rinse the beans in a colander after opening the can to remove some of the sodium, and look for cans that are BPA free), however, buying them dry then soaking and cooking them on your own can save you money and time too (say thank you to your freezer)!  Soaking your beans also allows for easier digestion, and contain a lesser amount of sodium than canned beans.

Here’s how you can make your very own delicious beans at home:

Add 1 cup of dried beans to a bowl (they get bigger when you soak them, so with 1 cup of dried beans you end up with 2.5-3 cups depending on the bean), add water to cover the beans and place on your countertop or in your fridge for at least 8 hours. Rinse your beans off in a colander, and place in a pot. Add water to cover your beans by at least 2-3 inches, bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes- 1 hour (they are pretty low maintenance). Like you would when cooking pasta, taste a few beans to make sure they are cooked to your desired texture.

Use your cooked beans for lunch, dinner or even breakfast (huevos rancheros, yum). With your leftover or extra beans, place them in freezer bags or glass containers and place in your freezer for later use.

Photo courtesy of tonrulkens