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easy green salad with goodies

23 Jan

photoNeed some veggie inspiration?

Here’s an easy green salad recipe which will help inspire your daily veggie intake.

Take this recipe with a grain of salt since we used what we had on hand. Feel free to use the ingredients available to you (don’t go to the store just to buy blue cheese).

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1.5 cups of pre-washed mixed greens
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 thin slice of red onion
  • 2 small mushrooms
  • 2-4 small slices of blue cheese
  • 3-4 cracked olives
  • Sprinkle of sunflower seeds

Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • quarter size dollop of dijon mustard
  • dime size scoop of honey

Directions:

Prepare your salad:

Place pre-washed greens on your plate. Pull out your favorite cutting board and knife. Take out a carrot, rinse and cut into matchsticks. Slice a thin circle of red onion, cut in half and slice into bite sized pieces. Cut mushrooms in thin slices, then cut slices of cheese, add cracked olives, and finish with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.

Prepare your vinaigrette:

Add oil, vinegar, mustard and honey into a small cup. Either shake with a lid, or whisk with a fork until emulsified. Pour vinaigrette over your salad in a circular motion, and you have yourself a delicious salad featuring all sorts of nutritional powerhouses. Your taste buds, and body will thank you!

soothing ginger tea

19 Oct

7178625061_796d8d7f0fAs the temperature changes, look to ginger tea for some warming comfort, and calm.

Ginger is famous for its various beneficial properties which include relieving nausea, dizziness, mucus, flu symptoms, menstrual cramps, migraines, and even helps cure athletes foot when used as a foot soak. Ginger helps calm stress, uplifts mood, and stimulates digestion. What could be better?

Here is an easy way to incorporate ginger into your day. Boil up a quick and soothing ginger tea! All you need is ginger + water, and to make it even more delicious, add a squeeze of lemon and a touch of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 inch of ginger root, sliced thinly (you can keep the skin on)
  • 2-3 cups of water (depending on how strong you like it)
  • honey, as much you like
  • lemon, as much as you like

Directions:

Place sliced ginger into a pot, add water then bring to a boil. Let gently boil for 5-10 minutes. Add honey and lemon, then pour tea into your mugs. You can re-boil the ginger slices for 2-3 more batches of tea.

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agave cake to celebrate rosh hashana

17 Sep
1517547172_72670f1a07Eating apples with honey are a tradition during the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana. The apple has been known to symbolize the sweet smell of the apple orchards in the Garden of Eden, and the honey symbolizes wealth and good living. By eating these two together, the sweetness is insurmountable! These traditional foods are consumed to wish each other and the world a sweet new year.

Another traditional food that is eaten at this time, is honey cake. While it’s certainly easy to pick up one that is already made, we are going to share with you a great recipe, that is gluten free, and uses agave instead of honey to impart sweetness. This recipe will serve 6-8, and was adapted from Elana’s Pantry.

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup agave
  • ¼ cup grapeseed or canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F. Add coffee to a filter, then pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over it. Compost or discard the grounds, then let the liquid cool. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves to a large bowl. Combine agave, oil, eggs and coffee in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then add in your raisins, and mix it all up. Use a drop of grapeseed or canola oil to grease a 9 inch cake pan, then sprinkle some almond flour for a thin coating. Pop in your oven for 30-35 minutes, and let cool. Best eaten the day after!

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Quick Summer Ice Cream

27 Aug

5680832547_24f457b2baBananas, a favorite fruit of most children, and adults alike makes for a fantastically refreshing summer treat.

While bananas are flown in from Central + South America, and are not the most eco-friendly or local fruit, they do lend themselves to a good reputation by providing our bodies with important nutrients. Bananas benefit our heart, help lower blood pressure, promote bone health, and strengthen eyesight. They are also a versatile fruit that can be eaten raw, cooked or frozen. In our recipe, we are using them as a frozen treat that will leave your taste buds satisfied, and your body energized.

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • optional: honey, cinnamon, nuts, dark chocolate, dried fruit

Directions:

Place frozen bananas in food processor and pulse to break up into chunks. Let the processor run for about 5 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape the banana down from the sides, until the mixture is smooth. Add honey, cinnamon, or other toppings as you wish. Eat immediately for a creamier texture or freeze for 15 minutes for a more solid and dense “ice cream.”

You won’t believe how creamy it tastes!

Photo courtesy of Scott Nelson

children asking for seconds on raw kale

30 May

6025692440_543276b369We taught a cooking class at PS 261 during their wellness week, and made a quick and tasty strawberry, banana and kale smoothie using greek yogurt and honey.

We started our class with a big stretch and a few jumping jacks to get us in the smoothie mood. Then we tasted kale raw, and asked for feedback from our students. Most of them didn’t really like the taste, they said it tasted like grass and other not-so-delicious things. We then explained all of the health properties of the fruits and vegetables we were blending, and stretched some more. We blended up the ingredients, and passed around smoothie cups for all.

They couldn’t wait to dig in! As you can expect, they all loved it. So we asked them if they could taste the kale in the smoothie? Some said yes, others said no. Then we asked if anyone wanted to bring back some raw kale to their classrooms as a parting gift. They all showed an enthusiastic amount of hands and fingers, and we passed out cups full of kale leaves. Some even asked for seconds, and we snacking on the leaves!

It’s a true gift to be able to spread the message to children that food has healing properties, and by eating well we become stronger, brighter and more brilliant!  Thank you to PS 261 for hosting us, we had a blast!

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