Employee Spotlight – LaTarsha Scott

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Thanksgiving, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

IMG_1450This week we feature beloved Churchill Supervisor, LaTarsha Scott. LaTarsha, from Queens, has been working for Butter Beans for about a year and a half. In addition to heading up school lunch at Churchill, she teaches Butter Beans cooking classes. LaTarsha has so perfected her cooking methods that parents of her students routinely tell her, “my kids won’t eat my food because they say it doesn’t taste like LaTarsha’s!”

For LaTarsha, it’s all a great way to stay involved in the school food community. Her favorite part of her job is being around kids. In addition to thriving off their energy, LaTarsha is concerned about how kids in America eat. She sees Butter Beans as part of a national trend towards healthier eating, combating the obesity epidemic she sees everyday in schools and in her community. Her main lessons to students teach them about balanced diets and portion control. Developing healthier habits early on in schools, according to LaTarsha, is essential for the future of our children.

Outside of Butter Beans, LaTarsha loves to read and watch movies. She someday hopes to teach her own wellness classes in her home community in Queens.

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kabocha ginger lime soup

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in healthy food, local food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments

IMG_8716There is nothing like the distinctive taste and texture of kabocha squash!

Steam, then blend it up with some tasty ingredients, and voila! you have yourself a nourishing soup.

Make this nutritious recipe on a chilly winter day to warm up your belly, and make you smile.

Are you a fan of the humble kabocha? Check out our other kabocha recipes:

Serves 4

Prep Time: 6 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium kabocha squash
  • 3-4 C water (depending on your desired soup consistency)
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • juice of 1 lime
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions: 

1. Prep: Rinse your kabocha. Cut in half, remove seeds (set aside to roast later) and chop off the step pieces on the top and bottom of the squash. Cut into cubes, leaving the peel on. Peel ginger, cut lime in half, rinse then thinly slice cilantro leaves.

2. Cook: Add kabocha cubes to a pot with 3-4 cups water. You will use this nutrient dense water as your soup base, so add as much or as little as you like. The more you add, the soupier it will be :) Bring the water to a boil then let the squash steam for 10 minutes, until soft. Add kabocha, water, ginger and fresh lime juice into a food processor. Blend until smooth.

3. Assemble: Pour soup into big soup bowls. Garnish with cilantro, salt and pepper to your liking.

Enjoy!

This post was written by Flora McKay, Director of Community & Nutrition 

 

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Employee Spotlight – Luis Melara

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in healthy food, lunch time, school food | 0 comments

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This week we highlight the great work of our newest school supervisor, Luis Melara! Luis has been working at Butter Beans for almost two years and was recently promoted to supervisor at the Churchill School for his great work there.

Luis, from Brooklyn, says his favorite part of working for Butter Beans is working in the school environment. For Luis, any bad day can be cured by chatting with the kids at lunch. Luis likes that Butter Beans offers healthy food and loves to encourage the students to eat veggies and fruits everyday at lunch. He hopes some day to manage his own food or service business.

In his free time, Luis loves to explore new foods. He’s always looking for new ways to cook up his classic chicken dishes. Additionally, he loves to draw and sketch and is a big fan of street art. Ask him what’s on his radio, and it’ll always be classic 90s hip-hop. Best of all, Luis is known around Butter Beans as a legendary story-teller; you’ll have stop by lunch sometime to hear him tell a tale!

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valentine’s day super hot chocolate

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Recipes, seasonal, valentines day, wellness | 0 comments

Get creative4215879597_3b2e0dcec3_z this Valentine’s Day and surprise your loved one(s) with our superfood hot cocoa recipe!

Incorporating zesty ginger, the sweet, woodsy flavor of cinnamon, and decadent dark chocolate, this hot cocoa will inspire and delight your senses.

We wish you all a delightful day of love and super hot cocoa!

Prep Time: 3 minutes Total Time: 8 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 C soy, almond, rice, or regular milk
  • 6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/8-1/4 t ginger
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 2-3 T honey, maple or brown sugar

Directions:

1) Finely chop dark chocolate, the smaller the better for melting.

2) Measure out the ingredients and whisk them over medium heat until melted.

3) Adjust spices and sweetness to your liking.

Photo courtesy of Travis Swicegood

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