kid tested cranberry chutney

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in cooking classes, cooking with kids, families, giving, healthy food, holiday, local food, school food, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, Thanksgiving, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

IMG_0175Our Thanksgiving cooking class recipe revolved around seasonal fruit like cranberries, apples and pears.

They loved it!

We created a vibrant and fall colored quinoa salad, and to go alongside it, we simmered down a delicious cranberry chutney. A perfect delight for the senses!

Here’s to celebrating the fall harvest, spending time with family and friends, savoring good food, making memories, and giving back to those who need it the most.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: ~60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. cranberries
  • 2 c. apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 4 T sugar

Directions: 

Add all of the ingredients into a pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 hour, or until all ingredients are soft and the liquid has reduced.

Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah!

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broccoli shallot soup

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal, wellness | 2 comments

5478500913_a364fe642eBroccoli isn’t just for steaming!

Puree this cruciferous wonder into a simple soup, and be wooed by it’s sweet and earthy flavor, filled with vitamin C, K and folate.

Perfect for the change in season, this soup will help keep you in tip top shape for the holidays.

Prep Time: 2 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes 2-4 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 2 large shallots, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 large head of broccoli
  • 2 C. water
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Lemon, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions: 

1. Prep: Peel and slice shallots, rinse and cut broccoli florets into smaller pieces.

2. Cook: In a saucepan, heat oil and add shallots. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until shallots are caramelized. Add water, and insert a steamer basket (or not) and broccoli. Steam for 7 minutes, or until tender.

3. Process: Add caramelized shallots and steamed broccoli into a big bowl, and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Or place shallots and broccoli into a food processor, blending until smooth.

4. Serve: Place soup into bowls. Drizzle in olive oil, squeeze some lemon, and add some salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy this soothing and health promoting soup!

Photo courtesy of sk8geek

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soft boiled eggs

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in healthy food, Recipes | 0 comments

365.65: EggsMaking soft boiled eggs seems like this old world tradition that is quickly going out of style.

What for?

It is one of the most interactive and fun ways of eatings eggs!

The trick to making a good soft boiled egg is to time it well. Adjust your timing to the size you are working with, and you will never be let down.

These old school eggs makes for a delicious weekend breakfast, as they inspire leisurely conversations, evoke memories of childhood, and showcase the beauty of simplicity.

Prep time: 2 minutes Total time: 7-9 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • water
  • 2 pieces of toast, cut into thin strips (or soldiers)
  • salt and pepper

Directions: 

1. Prep: Fill a small pot half way with water. Bring the water to a boil, then to a roaring simmer. Toast two pieces of bread, cut into thin strips or soldiers.

2. Cook: Add your eggs to the water, let them boil for 5-7 minutes (depending on how soft you like them – and set a timer to keep track). Drain the water, then run cold water over them for a minute. Crack the top part of the egg on a hard surface, and peel 1/3 – 1/2 of the shell.

3. Serve: Place on egg holders, or make your own (shot glasses – espresso cups – napkin rings will do). With a small spoon remove the top piece, then sprinkle the yolk with salt and pepper, and enjoy!

Photo courtesy of wordridden 

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beautiful stir fry

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in healthy food, lunch time, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal, wellness | 5 comments

IMG_1753Love stir fry, but are a getting a little tired of using brown rice as your base?

Switch it up, and swap in some black rice instead.

Not only will it add extra dimension and excitement to your otherwise common stir fry, it will also add in other nutrients like the antioxidant anthocyanin (which can also be found in blueberries, acai berries, blackberries, red cabbage etc…), along with packing in added protein and fiber, in comparison to brown rice.

So why not give it a go? Here’s how (use up those lonely veggies in your fridge):

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total time: 45 minutes Serves: 4-6

Ingredients: 

  • Black rice, 1 cup
  • Water, 2 cups
  • Sesame oil, 2-3 tbsp
  • Tamari, 3-4 tbsp
  • Ginger, 1 inch piece, peeled
  • Garlic, 3 cloves, pressed
  • Tofu, 1 package, drained, and marinated for at least 30 minutes
  • Yellow onion, 1, chopped
  • Carrots, 2 medium, chopped
  • Broccoli, 4 florets, chopped
  • Cauliflower, 4 florets, chopped
  • Celery, 2 stems, chopped
  • Sesame seeds, garnish

Directions: 

1. Marinate tofu: Drain water out of package. Place tofu on a plate, then cover with another plate. Place a heavy book or pan on top, let sit for 5 minute intervals, draining the water each time. Once most of the water is drained, drizzle tofu with tamari, cover and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Cook rice: While your tofu is marinating, make your rice! Add black rice and water to a pot, bring to a boil, then to a simmer. Let cook for ~30 minutes, or until water has dissolved.

2. Prep: While the rice is cooking, prep your veggies, and take out a pan and a wooden spoon.

3. Cook: Over medium heat, add sesame oil to your pan. Then add in your onion and let cook until translucent. Add your veggies, then drizzle 1/2 of your tamari into the pan. Cover, cook for 10-12 minutes, mixing periodically, until all veggies become tender. Add in tofu, and mix in. Add in black rice, and mix in. Drizzle remaining tamari, mix again.

4. Serve: Plate the stir fry, and garnish with sesame seeds for a beautiful juxtaposition of colors. Enjoy!

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avocado cheddar melts

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in fast food, healthy food, lunch time, Recipes | 0 comments

IMG_2713Yes, that’s right – the two most delicious ingredients combined together to make an impressive tasting, and filling little open-faced sandwich.

An amazing remedy for the lunch time blues in no time!

Prep time: 3 minutes Total time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:

Serves 1

  • 2 pieces of your favorite bread
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 4 thin slices of cheddar cheese
  • red onion, thinly slice
  • mustard
  • black pepper

Directions:

1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350F. Slice avocado, cheddar and onion. Take out your bread, mustard and black pepper.

2. Assemble: Spread a thin layer of mustard on each slice, then add on your avocado. Top with red onion, and finally add on two slices of cheese on each side.

3. Cook: Place on a baking sheet, and let cook until the cheese has melted, around 5 minutes. Top with a crack of fresh pepper, and enjoy!

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