Panzanella Salad with Tomato Grilled Cheese

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in after school, cooking with kids, healthy food, lunch time, school food, wellness | 0 comments

Today our Junior Chefs will be putting together some gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and a Tuscan Panzanella Salad for a side. Both dishes will feature tomatoes, a favorite of ours! Tomatoes are a red food, known for keeping our hearts healthy and diets full of antioxidants. We will use just two different types of tomatoes today but did you know there are over 1,000 types in the world? What are your favorite kinds? Feel free to share below!

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Panzanella Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

For Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 lemons juiced, 2 T red wine or apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste!

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Tear baguette into cubes. Toss bread with olive oil in bowl,

spread onto baking sheet and bake 10 minutes.

3. Hand out and chop cucumbers and tomatoes. Dice onion.

4. Pluck parsley from stems.

5. Combine all ingredients in a bowl with bread cubes.

6. Squeeze lemons. Mix and whisk together ingredients for dressing.

Tomato Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 slicing tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb grated cheese
  • olive oil
  • 4 T butter + extra

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Directions:

1. Brush a bit of olive oil onto bread

2. Slice tomatoes and cheese

3. Layer bread, cheese and tomatoes to build sandwich

4. Heat a little bit of butter in a skillet until melted, grill    sandwiches for 2-3 minutes

5. Serve with Panzanella Salad and Enjoy!

 

Bon Appétit!

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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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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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Employee Spotlight – Tania Lopez

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in cooking classes, cooking with kids, families, featured articles, Food for thought, food politics, giving, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, local food, news and happenings, nutrition, raising children, wellness | 0 comments


This week we highlight the incredible work of Tania Lopez, our school lunch supervisor at Nord Anglia International School. Outside of her work at Butter Beans, Tania founded an organization called Coqui the Chef which works to promote healthy eating in her home community of the South Bronx.

Check out this video, “Kids Cooking for a Brighter Future,” to catch a glimpse of Tania’s interactive and educational classes and hear her talk about why she finds this work so important in food deserts like the South Bronx.

In her series of fun, interactive, and informative cooking videos for children, Tania hopes to directly combat the current trends of childhood obesity. For Tania, this national epidemic can be felt strongest closest to home where a walk around any block will reveal a plethora of fast food joints, but very little in the way of fresh produce. Tania believes that this makes nutritional education all the more essential in these communities. Tania is using powerful community-based and culturally relevant education to build a healthier South Bronx from within, resisting the profit making forces of corporate fast food and the industrial global food system.

Tania says that working at Butter Beans has given her valuable perspective on how kids eat. While engaging at lunchtime with kids of different communities and backgrounds from her own, Tania has been able learn a lot learn how to best educate all kinds of children about healthy eating. For Tania, there is little more inspiring than seeing all sorts of communities come together over good food.

We’re so proud of Tania for taking the passion we all have for healthy eating education back to her own community. She is currently working hard to secure funding and hopes to expand her web episodes to a full television series. In this format, Tania hopes to reach a wider audience and connect communities across the city that also exist in food deserts.

Watch a trailer and full episode of her show below!

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Employee Spotlight – Athena Cameron

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Food & Farm program, Food for thought, healthy food, school food, wellness | 0 comments

 

 

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This week we spotlight one of our longest working servers, Athena Cameron. Athena, from Gravesend, Brooklyn, has been with Butter Beans since 2011, making this her 5th school year working as one of our most reliable and enthusiastic servers.

Athena loves to be in the school setting and her favorite part of each day is interacting with the kids and her coworkers. She worked in school lunch before coming to Butter Beans and loves to see how much kids appreciate the healthier lunches that we make.

Motivated to work for Butter Beans because of her passion for kids nutritional eating, Athena also cares deeply the wellness of animals. Outside of her work at Butter Beans, Athena spends many hours volunteering at local animal shelters. One day she hopes to start a shelter of her own and build a refuge for our animal friends.

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What Being on the Inc 5000 List Means to Butter Beans

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in cooking with kids, families, featured articles, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, raising children, school food, wellness | 0 comments

By Belinda DiGiambattista, Butter Beans co-founder and CEO

I’m often asked to describe my profession when meeting someone new. When I explain that I founded a company whose mission is to connect children and adults to the food they eat through providing healthy lunch programs and food education, the person to whom I am talking connects immediately with this and declares, “I wish you were in my child’s school and my office! All the parents where I live would love this.”

I feel honored every day to provide jobs in my community that aim to serve school children, teachers, and adults healthy meals. Everyone on our team takes their responsibility seriously knowing we provide fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and grains that nourish the bodies and minds we feed.

This year, I am proud to share that Butter Beans has found a place on the Inc 5000 fastest growing companies in America, which is based on the past three years of company growth. This achievement comes to us a result of the collective efforts of our committed and passionate team members, as well as the schools and organizations that entrust our company with the care of their meal programs.

There are many reasInc5000galapicwitheditorons to celebrate this occasion, but perhaps the most important reason has to do with what the success of a wellness company like Butter Beans means for our society. Parents, students and workers are voting with their forks every day when they choose to eat a hot, wholesome meal made from scratch and comprised of mostly vegetables, healthy grains, and ABF, hormone-free proteins. They accompany this hot meal with salad, eggs, raw veggies, fruit, homemade granola, yogurt (with no sugar added), and bean spreads like hummus.

Felicia Desrosiers and I started Butter Beans in 2008, in large part to reverse the statistic reported by the Center for Disease Control that “The generation of Americans born in the year 2000 is the first in history to have a shorter life expectancy than its parents.” Improving our children’s eating habits over time by providing a healthy school lunch and experiential food education, moves our country one child closer to reversing this statistic every day.

Being an entrepreneur brings new challenges to bear every day. But with those challenges, come an equal number of reasons to take pride in this work. Seeing the number of jobs these 5,000 companies have created in the past three years acknowledges the payoff for all of the work we do day in and day out to keep our companies alive and thriving. The Inc 5000 companies created a combined one million+ jobs for the US economy over the past three years.

This blog post is dedicated to our employees for making Butter Beans possible and to our customers who trust us to serve their precious jewels every day or who visit our cafeteria at their place of work. Butter Beans will continue to strive for excellent service in all of our schools, while providing our employees with opportunities for growth in this important field of food and wellness. Here’s to the next three years!

 

 

 

 

 

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