Weekend cooking inspiration

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in cooking with kids, families, Food for thought | 0 comments

4096530325_2940d4fa89For busy families out there, here is some cooking inspiration for your weekend ahead from beloved chef Julia Child.

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients”

Happy summer cooking readers!

Photo courtesy of Stacey Spensley

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summer abundance

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in families, gardens, healthy food, home remedies, local food, lunch time, Recipes, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, seasonal food of the month | 0 comments

Along with the abundance of sunshine, long days, summer storms, blinking fireflies and brilliant sunsets, summer is a bountiful time for growing and consuming fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.

Take advantage of this time to stock up on ripe summer tomatoes, sharp and sweet onions, colorful cilantro, and fragrant basil, among many other delicious foods.

What to do with all of those tomatoes, onions, cilantro and basil? Chop yourself up some fresh pico de gallo or bruschetta, and bask in the glory of summer-time food.

Pico de gallo:

Ingredients:

  • 3 summer tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Rinse tomatoes and cilantro. Chop the tomatoes and red onion, then add to a mixing bowl. Pluck off the leaves of your cilantro, stack them and finely chop, or give them a good rough chop. Sprinkle the cilantro all over your chopped ingredients, then squeeze fresh lime or lemon juice into your bowl (depending on how citrus-y you like it). Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, toss and enjoy them with tacos, burgers, eggs, rice, tortilla chips etc…

Another option is a simple sauté of tomatoes, onions, chopped garlic and olive oil to use as a base for a tomato sauce, which also makes for a great addition to soups or to season beans.

Bruschetta:

Ingredients:

  • 3 summer tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Directions:

Rinse tomatoes and basil. Chop the tomatoes, red onion and finely chop the garlic, then add to a mixing bowl. Pluck off the leaves of your bunch of basil, stack them and finely chop for a chiffonade, or rip them into smaller pieces. Add the basil to your bowl, then pour the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over your chopped ingredients. Toss and enjoy them atop fresh crusty bread, add to pasta, pizza, salad, eggs, pita chips or just enjoy with a fork!

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Meal inspiration

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in cooking with kids, families, raising children | 2 comments

6818430659_118c09a05c“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture” – Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Photo courtesy of future shape

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BlogHer12 HealthMinder Day

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in families, Food for thought, news and happenings | 0 comments

BlogHer, what a fantastic name! A community gathering and online resource for women blogging about topics pertinent to their passions, sharing information, inspirations, ideas, conversations, fostering online communities that support people’s needs, while also building offline relationships. Blogs have countless purposes, and are valuable in so many ways.

Attending the HealthMinder conference was invaluable, as we met various women who were like-minded, knowledgable, and inspired by the information they are putting out to the world. We made wonderful connections, and sparked future collaborations. Some of the women that stand out from this magical day are people you should know too:

And so many more!

Check out BlogHer’s website for some useful information. We can’t wait for what’s in store next year!

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what makes a balanced plate?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in cooking with kids, families, healthy food, let's move, raising children, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, summer camp | 0 comments

frame_sports1Summer holds countless possibilities.

This summer we have had the pleasure of teaching nutrition and wellness classes to the Park Slope Sports Academy, soccer camp. It has been a blast connecting with their soccers champs so far!

We taught a few lessons on why it’s important to feed ourselves with healthy snacks through out the day, ending the class with a tasting of a super healthy Butter Beans snack like strawberry, banana and kale smoothies, and our hemp and sunflower seed granola bars.

Yesterday, we gave a dynamic class on what constitutes a balanced plate, and why it’s important for us to eat a variety of foods, in moderation. Our class was filled with yoga poses, nutrition facts, a scavenger hunt, an interactive balanced plate activity, and a handout to bring home!

Our handout was comprised of a balanced plate with the 4 components (vegetables, grains, proteins, fruits) with the option of dairy + the 2 other components (water + exercise) left blank. We had our students write down their favorite meal, and dissect the ingredients in that meal. Then they plugged in their ingredients into the balanced plate. For those campers that used “mac n cheese” and “pizza” and “cheese burgers” as their favorite meals, we discussed ways they could make those foods more balanced, and came up with ingredients that would make for delicious additions.

It was inspiring to see the students think critically about their favorite foods, and organize their ingredients into the components of the balanced plate. Besides the obvious favorite meals, we did get some interesting ones like lamb curry, sushi and roasted chicken with potatoes!

A big thanks goes out to our friends at the Sports Academy for having us as your wellness + nutrition experts! Looking forward to continuing our collaboration, and spending the rest of summer with you.

Photo courtesy of Park Slope Day Camp

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