Winter vegetable medley yum

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in cooking classes, featured articles, Recipes | 0 comments

Last week in cooking class, we explored root vegetables. It is so interesting to me, why kids so often turn their noses up at the sweet goodness that cooked roots and squashes offer. Yet in a class setting, where students get to check out these veggies, chop them up and taste them raw, and cooked – they are so much more interested in eating. Even the beets were a hit and when asked if the veggies were preferred raw or cooked, it was a toss-up with thumbs up all around. The onions though, were tricky. Secrets were shared of how to not make your eyes cry when chopping them. Holding water in your mouth was one. Holding a piece of bread in your mouth was another. What are your ticks?
Make your own medley with whatever you pick up at the market, whatever you have in your fridge. This is what we did:

Ingredients:

• 3 Medium Leeks • 1 Fennel Bulb • 3 Large Carrots • 2 Large Parsnips/Turnips • 10 Garlic Cloves

• 3 TBS Olive Oil • 2 Fresh Thyme/Rosemary Sprigs • 2 Large Beets • 2 TSP Salt • 1⁄2 TSP Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 2. Wash the vegetables, and cut the leeks, fennel, carrots, parsnips and turnips into 1 inch thick pieces and chop up the garlic cloves. 3. Place the chopped vegetables onto a pan and drizzle with olive oil, adding the thyme or rosemary sprigs along with salt and pepper. 4. Toss the vegetables with your hands, making sure to coat all of the vegetables with oil. 5. Place the pan into the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and soft.

6. Set the table, and enjoy your colorful medley!

 

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I have a DREAM

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in featured articles, Food for thought, news and happenings | 0 comments

Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for your vision, your organizing, your good heart and courageous action. Thank you for being an inspiring leader for all of us. Thank you to all people who live their lives in honest, generous and just ways. Thank you for making room for more kindness, and more love in our world.

May we continue to evolve into a culture that is known for acceptance of all and collaboration. One that thrives on justice and compassion. One where civil liberties are respected and enjoyed, and love freely shared.

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Healthy Vending

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in featured articles, Food for thought, news and happenings | 0 comments

Vending machines in schools is a sore subject for many. While many agree that they prefer students eat more natural, healthy food options for snacks after school – generally, schools depend on the money raised from the profits of selling junk in vending machines for extra-curricular activities like sports programs, and so the vending machines stay put. On December 13th, President Barack Obama signed legislation that requires schools participating in the federal school lunch program, to meet nutritional standards for all snacks and drinks sold in schools. Slowly but surely, vending machine options are being forced to improve. Fresh Healthy Vending, is a young company, whose mission is to serve only healthy vending machine options.  Their success is testament that the  private business sector can be profitable and have common folk’s interests at heart. Learn more about the issues of vending machines in schools in general – here.

This company

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Need fun motivation for New Year’s Health resolutions?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in featured articles, Food for thought | 0 comments

If you like the interface of facebook, HealthMonth.com might be for you. You pick your goals – whether they are to exercise more, drink more water, eat more greens, or meditate, then you input how often you do the things you want to do currently, and then how often you want to be doing them.

It’s an interesting idea:

Health Month is about taking the SCIENCE of nutrition and behavior change and combining it with the SOCIAL GAMES of the recent social web to help people improve their health habits in a fun and sustainable way. We’re happy to leave behind the sketchy get-thin-quick schemes and boring fads that you can’t relate to (and half-suspect of being more harm than good anyway).

The formula for living healthier has 4 ingredients: 1) the information (you have most of that, and we can help fill gaps), 2) the ability (you have that too), 3) the motivation (who doesn’t want to be healthier, at least a little bit, right?), and 4) the fun and sustainable trigger. The reason. The self-challenge. The game that helps you live healthy, not because you have to, but because it’s fun.

Wherever you find it – may 2011 find you inspired and motivated to make your goals happen.

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