roasted fiddlehead ferns

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in healthy food, local food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments

IMG_1747Fiddlehead ferns may not be on your top list of things to eat this spring since they look somewhat prehistoric, but we suggest that you give them a try!

For those of you who are new to these funny looking vegetables, they are the edible fronds of young ostrich ferns, which grow wild in the Northeast.

These spring delicacies are high in iron, helping to build red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.

A delicious way to eat these fabulous fronds are to roast them. They come out tasting crispy, umami and quite addicting!

Here’s how:

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 15-20 minutes

Serves 2-4

Ingredients: 

  • 4 oz. fiddlehead ferns
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions: 

1. Prep: Preheat your oven to 450F. Clean fiddleheads well. Place in a colander, and rinse under cold water thoroughly. In a large bowl, toss together the ingredients.

2. Cook: Place them on a sheet tray in a single layer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until crispy and tender.

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

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Happy Mother’s Day from Butter Beans

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in families, raising children, wellness | 0 comments

15491269616_b7f0dec448_zHaving worked for Butter Beans for the past 6 years, I always had a passion for the betterment and wellbeing of children.

It wasn’t until 7 months ago, that my passion grew even stronger after having my first child.

This year I will be celebrating my inaugural Mother’s Day together with our Co-Founders, Belinda & Felicia along with all of the other moms on our team, and in our school communities.

Being a new mom, I feel grounded as I look into my son’s eyes, light when I see his smile, giddy when I hear his laugh, worried when I hear him cry, and calm when I rock him to sleep.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of being a mother, it’s one of the most unique, challenging, rewarding, mystifying and profound experiences.

To celebrate Mother’s Day let’s send love to our mother’s who have birthed us into this beautiful world. We have so much to thank them for!

For more inspiration, read the tale of how Butter Beans got started 8 years ago in the Edible Brooklyn article, “How 2 Brooklyn Moms Are Reinventing School Lunch”

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

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