15 minute steamed beets

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in fast food, healthy food, local food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal, wellness | 0 comments

3781937366_2945015b63 (1)Hey cauliflower, beets are in season too!

These ruby red or bright orange gems are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking out those cookies.

Add them to your meal as the sweet component, and you will wonder where that sweet craving ran off to.

You are only 15 minutes away from a wonderful natural treat that will not only make your skin glow, but will also cleanse your blood, and fill you up with loads of antioxidants.

Serves 2 Prep Time: 6 minutes Total Time: 21 minutes


  • 4 beets
  • 2 C water


1. Prep: Rinse, then chop the tops and bottoms of your beets. Cut into 1 inch thick cubes or triangles. In a medium sized pot, add water, and a steamer.

2. Cook: Cover and bring water to a boil. Add your beets, cover and let steam for 15 minutes. Poke a fork or knife into the beets. If they are tender, then they are ready to eat!

Photo courtesy of Le Grande Farmers’ Market

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cauliflower white soup

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments


It’s cauliflower season, time to put this cruciferous wonder to work!

There is so much you can do with cauliflower, bake, steam, sauté, or blend into soups.

Cauliflower and all cruciferous vegetables, are great for detoxing, strengthening the immune system, and are very high in fiber.

We invite you to give your body some fall TLC with this beautifully clean looking, and light tasting cauliflower white soup.

Serves: 8-10 cups Prep Time: 5 minutes Total time: 25-30 minutes


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • water, enough to reach just below the cauliflower
  • sea salt
  • black pepper


1. Prep: Rinse, and separate your cauliflower into florets. Chop your onion, and mince your garlic.

2. Cook: In a large pot over medium heat add onions and garlic, stir for 2 minutes, than add in a pinch of sea salt. Stir until caramelized, 5-6 minutes more. Once caramelized, add in cauliflower and water. Bring to a boil, then to a simmer. Cover and let cook for 15-20 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender.

3. Blend and serve: Working in batches, add cauliflower mixture to your food processor, and process into a soup texture. If you have an immersion blender, blend directly in the pot. Serve with a sprinkle of sea salt, and a few grinds of pepper. If you are feeling adventurous add in some cheddar cheese and let it melt all in.

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cleansing fresh mint tea

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in healthy food, healthy lifestyle, home remedies, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal, wellness | 0 comments

photo (18)Mint is refreshing and cleansing!

Not only does mint have a fantastic smell, it also has boundless beneficial properties like soothing the digestive tract, cleansing the skin, helping remove toxins from the body, freshening breath, and cleansing the blood.

Here’s an easy mint tea recipe using fresh mint leaves that you can place in your fridge for iced tea, or serve hot on cooler days. Your skin, blood, digestion and breath will thank you!

Prep time: 2 minutes Total time: 7 minutes


  • Two handfuls of fresh mint leaves
  • Coffee grinder or food processor
  • Chemex and filter or a mesh loose leaf tea infuser
  • Water


1. Prep: Bring water to a boil. Rinse your fresh mint leaves. Place them in the grinder, and grind them up.

2. Brew: Place your mint leaves into your Chemex filter or your tea infuser. Pour your water over the leaves (if you are using Chemex, pour in a circular motion – if you are using an infuser, let it brew until the tea reaches a nice light brown color).

3. Drink hot or chilled: In the mood for warm? Sip slowly. In the mood for cold? Remove filter/infuser, and place in your fridge until cool. Serve with lemon wedges, and if you’d like a bit of sweetness add a bit of honey.

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blackened tofu

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in cooking classes, cooking with kids, families, healthy food, Recipes, wellness | 0 comments

7085699581_411e1ee626This recipe comes from Christina, one of our food service supervisors at one of our schools. She is a passionate lover of good food, nutrition education, and childhood wellness.

She mentioned that she made this recipe with children in the past, and they went crazy for it!

The marinade, and seasoning mix makes this tofu dish extremely flavorful, and delicious, even for kids. Try it out at home and let us know how you liked it!

Serves 5 Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes


·       1 block extra firm tofu
·       1/3 C soy sauce or tamari
·       1 tbsp paprika
·       2 tsp black pepper
·       1 tsp salt
·       1 tsp garlic powder
·       1 tsp onion powder
·       1 tsp cayenne pepper
·       1/2 tsp dried oregano
·       1/2 tsp dried thyme


1. Prep: Remove water from tofu, and press well to remove extra water. Slice into 1-inch thick pieces.

2. Marinate: Place soy sauce in a bowl, add the tofu. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes (the longer, the better), turning once or twice to evenly marinate.

3. Create your own seasoning: Combine paprika, pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano and thyme in a small bowl. Remove the tofu from the marinade, dip each side into your spice mixture, coating the tofu generously.

4. Cook: Place on medium-hot grill for 5 minutes on each side, or pan-fry in a few tablespoons of sesame oil.

Photo courtesy of Angela_Nguyen

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fall for roasted applesauce

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in cooking with kids, healthy food, local food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal | 3 comments

4319957825_d9af374335Fall is in the air!

With chillier nights, blue skies, and sun-filled warmish days comes the intrinsic urge for turning on the oven, and to start roasting again.

The feeling of chilly toes, fingers, noses and adding on a scarf, or even a hoodie makes us long for something warm in our bellies that will both quiet, and compliment the chill.

Here is a perfect recipe for this time of year: roasted applesauce a la Martha Stewart.

Serves 8 Prep Time: 12 minutes Total time: 50 minutes

  • 1/4 C water
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 lbs apples, about 10
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves
  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 425F. Combine water, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a baking dish.
  2. Roast: Scatter butter pieces over mixture, and top with apples. Roast until apples are very soft, 30-40 minutes.
  3. Process: Using a food processor, blend the apples, stir in spices. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. This delightful applesauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Spensley

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