easy tomatillo salsa verde

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in local food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments

TomatillosTomatillos are in season now!

These little green tomatoes are perfect for a summer fiesta, and especially delicious blended into a refreshing salsa verde. Add your salsa to tacos, enchiladas, chips, meats or fish.

Tomatillo’s are filled with antioxidants, are great for eye health, and contain important minerals like copper, iron, phosphorous and manganese.

Here’s a fun way to use up your baby green tomatoes:

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb tomatillos
  • 1/2 C white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 C cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, stems and seeds removed, chopped
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions:

1. Prep: Remove the husks and rinse well. Prep your onion, cilantro, lime juice and jalapeños.

2. Cook or not: You can cook the tomatoes in 3 different ways – roasting, searing, boiling. Or you can blend them up raw. If you decide to cook them, chose a method that will work best for you. If you are roasting, simply cut them in half, place the cut side down on an oiled baking sheet and roast for 5-7 minutes until golden. If you are searing, add oil to a pan, and sear them on each side for 5-7 minutes. If you are boiling, place them into your pot and let boil for 5 minutes, until soft.

3. Blend: Place tomatillos, lime juice, onions, cilantro and jalapeños in a food processor until finely chopped. Season to taste with salt, and let cool in your fridge.

Photo courtesy of timsackton

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corn ice cream

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in healthy food, local food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments

4815141522_923a11c469You heard right!

Transforming corn into ice cream makes for a pretty epic flavor.

As summer comes to a close, this is the perfect way to end on a sweet note.

Corn is high in fiber (filling up and cleansing your colon), antioxidants (fighting toxins), carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin (great for your eyes) and vitamin C (great for strengthening the immune system).

Makes 1 quart of ice cream Recipe adapted from epicurious.com (note: you will need an ice cream machine)

Ingredients: 

  • 4 ears fresh corn, shucked
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 9 large egg yolks

Directions: 

1. Prep: Slice off the corn kernels from the cob, place kernels in a large pot. Cut or break the cobs in half or thirds, add them to the pot along with the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup of the sugar.

2. Boil: Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring, then turn off the heat. Remove the cobs. Puree the corn kernels with an immersion mixer or a blender. Let sit for 1 hour.

3. Create a custard: Bring the mixture back to a simmer, then turn off the heat.  In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Add a cup of the hot cream to the yolks, stirring constantly so they don’t curdle. Add the yolk mixture to the saucepan, stirring. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spoon, about 10 minutes.

4. Transform into ice cream: Pass the custard through a sieve (or a colander lined with cheesecloth), pressing down hard on the solids, remove solids. Let the custard cool, then cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Photo courtesy of Star5112

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sunflower, date and vanilla chia pudding

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, wellness | 2 comments

photo (12)Chia has become more of a household name these days (maybe not as popular as the infamous “chia pet”…yet).

Chia pets were actually made from sprouting chia seeds. Here is a great step by step guide on how to sprout your chia seeds.

For those of you looking for something fun to do with your chia seeds, try out this delectable pudding.

It’s naturally sweet, savory and has a wild texture.

A perfect breakfast or snack, this pudding will provide you with omega 3’s, fiber, protein, antioxidants, minerals and will hydrate you since chia seeds absorb up to ten times their weight in water!

Serves 2 Prep Time: 3 minutes Total time: 23 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup, unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup, water
  • 3 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • Handful sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • A few sprinkles of cinnamon

Directions:

1. Prep and blend: In your blender or food processor add your coconut milk, water, dates, sesame seeds, vanilla and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.

2. Mix and store: Pour your liquid into two mason jars, add 1.5 tbsp of chia seeds in each. Twist on the lid, and shake it up. Place in your fridge for 20 minutes, then shake again.

3. Enjoy!

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Thank you!

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in cooking classes, cooking with kids, families, gardens, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, raising children, summer camp | 0 comments

3qNfPt0rJP3RKzc50poFB_F7PeNYaweSJOvp49tJcHg (1)A big thank you goes out to all of our families that participated this summer in our food & garden summer camp!

From beekeeping, chocolate tasting, watering, composting, cheese making, cooking, gardening, farmers market shopping, yoga practicing, playing, chicken holding, jam making, urban farming, ice cream tasting and kimchi making, our campers had the time of their life!

Our favorite quote of this summer was from a mom who posted on our facebook page. Her quote sums up the impact that our camp has on our campers, hopefully for years to come!

“My son tells us this has been the best six weeks of camp he’s ever had. He’ll be sad when camp ends today! He has loved the counselors, the cooking, the gardening and the fantastic field trips. Butter Beans has been a truly enriching experience for him. At home we’ve been amazed to hear about what he’s done each day. We so enjoy reaping the benefits of his supercharged love of cooking and his real awareness of what good healthy food is and where it comes from. Best of all, he’s really absorbed what it means to be eco-conscious! Wow!”

Here’s to next summer, filled with food, gardening and fun!

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savor summer

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in healthy lifestyle, wellness | 0 comments

3601744848_d63761c680“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
― Henry David Thoreau

As we approach September, let’s all take a big deep breathe in, and enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Take in some sunshine, local and abundant produce and outdoor picnics. Absorb in all of the goodness that surrounds you in this sweet and warm time of year.

Take a moment to feel the air on your skin, the breeze blowing through your hair, and the sun lifting up your spirits.

Keep this feeling alive as we approach fall and winter, when days are shorter, dining retreats indoors, and we become more introspective.

Happy summer abundance to all!

Photo courtesy of Klearchos Kapoutsis

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