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dynamic eggs

14 Jan

photo-2Eggs are a versatile protein. Whether they are poached, scrambled, fried or served sunny-side up, over-easy, hard or soft-boiled or transformed into an omelette, eggs will never let you down.

They contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, D, E along with calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, folic acid, omega 3’s, and choline.

Not only are these gems packed with nutrition, and are a dynamic addition to your diet, they make a great base for adding in lots of worthy veggies that are currently sitting in your fridge, ripe for some attention.

Here’s a recipe that we welcome you to adjust based on the contents of your fridge:

Scrambled eggs with swiss chard and red onion – variations are endless!

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 medium swiss chard leaves
  • 1/3 of a medium red onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • sprinkle of sea salt + crack of pepper

Directions:

Rinse swiss chard. Remove stems from swiss chard leaves. Chop up stems into 1 inch pieces, and separate from leaves. Roll up swiss chard and cut into thin slices. Dice red onion into uniform pieces. Crack eggs into bowl and whisk until mixed thoroughly.

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add onions, let sauté until soft. Then add swiss chard stems, mixing until they have become softer. Add leaves, and mix until they have wilted, but aren’t too soft. Pour eggs over, and scramble until eggs are still soft, but not dry.

Plate then add some salt + pepper, then dig in!

Depending on what you like, you can add hot sauce, cheese, avocado. Eat alongside toasted bread, or on it’s own. Delight in the flavors and textures, and get ready for a beautiful day ahead!

What does your ideal scramble look like?

simple stir fry

28 Nov

6720825115_dc0c063fedHere is a quick and easy dinner, if you are craving chinese food, and also a great way to use up veggies that are sitting in your fridge. Get creative, and use what you have to make your stir fry colorful and beautiful!

If you have leftovers, you can always pack it up to take for lunch the next day, or pack it in your child’s lunchbox.

Ingredients:

Brown rice:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water

Stir fry:

  • 1/2 small cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, florets + stems
  • 2 medium/small carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 block of firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 1 egg, whisked (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 inch of ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • Sprinkles of sesame seeds

Directions:

Cook your rice first. Add water to a pot, bring to a boil then add your rice, and let it cook until all of the water is absorbed, about 45 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, prep your ingredients. Slice your cabbage, break apart broccoli florets and cut up stems, dice garlic and ginger. Cut your carrots up into matchsticks (Here is a great step by step instruction on how to do so). Drain water from your tofu block, then cut the tofu into thin cubes. Crack your egg and scramble it in a bowl. Heat up a large pan to medium heat, add sesame oil and let the oil get hot. Add garlic and ginger, stir and let brown lightly. Add your veggies, tofu, tamari and stir. Lower heat to medium/low and cover for 5-7 minutes. Move your veggies to the side, and add in your egg. Fold the egg into the veggies, then add your rice and mix it all up! Serve in bowls with chopsticks and top with sesame seeds (and if you have scallions, chop those up for a pretty garnish).

Photo courtesy of f_shields

Flora’s seasonal recipe: comforting lentils

9 Nov

One of my favorite foods growing up was lentils (yes, it’s true!).

My mom used to make lentils with olive oil, sprinkle of parmigiano regiano and a dash of salt. I always treasured the times that she made this dish, as it always made feel great.

Eating these lovely legumes on a cold fall or winter day, warmed me up, and lifted my spirits. It made me feel calm, centered and healthfully full.

Every time I ate a bowl of lentils, I could feel my iron levels increase dramatically, as my mom would always tell me how high in iron they were. Popeye and I had some things in common! Women need a good amount of iron, and I always turned to lentils instead of taking an iron supplement.

Little did I know that lentils not only contained high level of iron, they also contain protein, fiber, folate and magnesium which are great for building muscle, improving digestion, strengthening your nervous system, and improving blood circulation. Go lentils!

A bowl of lentils is one of the easiest recipes out there, so get excited for these very short directions! To make the meal more balanced you can always mix it up with some brown rice, quinoa or add it into tomato sauces, and pastas.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

Directions:
Bring your water to a boil, add lentils. Lower to a simmer, and cook for 30-40 minutes (depending on the lentils you use). Once cooked, and water fully absorbed, add your lentils to your favorite bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, then mix. Top with fresh parmigiano reggiano cheese, a dash of salt. Sit and savor each bite.

“Let things taste of what they are.”
-Alice Waters

zesty bean burgers

22 Jun

3197378063_e15444e570 for a dinner that will satisfy your hungry family, and is just as filling as a regular burger? Try making these zesty and protein packed bean burgers for dinner. You will be so distracted by their tastiness that even an avid meat eater will forget they are eating beans. A true crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1.5 cups black beans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • Zest of one large lemon
  • 1 cup toasted bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or canola

Directions:

Cook 1 cup of lentils in 2 cups of water for about 30-45 minutes, test for doneness. Chop the cilantro, onion, zest your lemon and put to the side. You can make your own breadcrumbs by toasting 1 large slice of bread, or 2 regular slices, and placing them in your food processor until finely chopped. Combine cooked lentils and black beans (from BPA free can, or you can soak and cook them too!), eggs and salt in your food processor. Puree until the consistency is thick, but dip -like. Pour your mixture into a mixing bowl, and add in your chopped cilantro, onion and lemon zest. Stir, and add your breadcrumbs. Stir again and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Start forming your burgers into 12 –  1.5 inch thick patties (or feel free to make them bigger).

Heat olive oil or canola oil in a pan over medium low heat, add a few patties at a time, cover and cook for 7-10 minutes until the bottoms turn brown. Flip them and cook on the other side until golden. Enjoy on a bun with your favorite toppings, or on its own with a verdant salad.

Adapted from Heidi Swanson.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Hoffman

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!