Jambalaya and Mardi Gras Slaw

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

2789038514_7d2b24a04e_zMardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday,” is a massive celebration that occurs the day before Ash Wednesday.  It is believed to have begun in European Christian communities  over a thousand years ago, when a feast of meats and rich foods occurred before the people would begin their Lenten fast the next day. Since the 1700s, when the French explorers settled in New Orleans,  people have celebrated Mardi Gras with extravagant balls, lavish dinners and parades.  This upcoming week in cooking class, our junior chefs will celebrate the holiday New Orleans-style with zesty jambalaya and a festive slaw adorned with the purple, green and yellow hues of Mardi Gras!

Jambalaya and Mardi Gras Slaw (serves 8)

Cooking jambalayaJambalaya Ingredients:

  • 1 C brown rice
  • 6T olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 parsnips
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 t smoked paprika
  • 2 t chili powder
  • 1 c vegetable/chicken stock
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/2 bunch parsley

Mardi Gras Slaw Ingredients:

  • 1/4 head purple cabbage
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 golden delicious apple
  • 1/2 c seedless grapes
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine rice with 2 cups of water and bring to boil. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook about 30-45 minutes or according to package.
  2. Dice onions and cook on high in oil in a medium pot until browned.
  3. Cut the sweet potato and parsnips and add to the pot, caramelizing evenly on all sides.
  4. Add the garlic, paprika and chili powder to the pot and mix.
  5. Slice scallions and tear parsley leaves.
  6. Add rice, parsley, and scallions to the jambalaya pot.
  7. Add the vegetable stock, bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. While jambalaya is cooking, prepare the slaw.
  9. Thinly slice cabbage and scallions.
  10. Cut apples and avocados into small pieces.
  11. Cut grapes into quarters.
  12. Juice the lemon and combine with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  13. Toss all slaw ingredients together with the lemon-olive oil dressing.
  14. Serve and enjoy!


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What’s the 411 on Fermentation? Rainbow Kimchi and Winter Crystal Noodles

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

By Autumn Rauchwerk, Butter Beans Wellness Educator
There’s a lot of buzz around fermentation lately, but what exactly is it? Fermentation is a traditional anaerobic (without oxygen) preservation method, harnessing yeast and bacteria to eat the sugars in a food, and create alcohols or acids that change the flavor and help keep the foods fresh for longer.
What comes to mind when you think of fermented foods? Perhaps you think of sauerkraut and sour pickles. These foods were traditionally fermented, but they rarely are anymore. These days, most pickled vegetables are made using vinegar instead of the fermentation process. For some more insight, here’s the difference between fermenting and pickling.And there’s a big difference between fermentation and aerobic decomposition. Aerobic decomposition is what causes foods to spoil – like that mushy brown lettuce forgotten about in the back of the fridge. Aerobic decomposition is the breakdown of food by bacteria in the presence of oxygen, allowing some potentially dangerous bacteria to flourish. Fermentation, on the other hand, helps replenish the good bacteria in our bodies, which are important for digestion and fighting infections and diseases!
We do still have fermented foods in some unexpected places in our diets – you may be surprised to learn that a number of foods we eat regularly are fermented, including bread, cheese, soy sauce and chocolate! Some have bacteria or yeast added in, and some catch the bacteria that already exists in the air and on the food.Want to add those delicious and nutritious fermented vegetables back into your diet? You can try fermentation out for yourself at home! Here’s a list of 10 fermented foods you can easily make at home!Practice fermenting foods with your family using this delicious recipe:
Rainbow Kimchi and Winter Crystal Noodles



Rainbow Kimchi

  • ½ red cabbage
  • ½ green cabbage
  • ¼ salt
  • 1 C cold water
  • 2 t apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1 T fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 2 carrots, grated

Winter Crystal Noodles

  • 8 oz glass noodles
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green onions
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ bunch kale
  • 2 T sesame seeds
  • Salt, soy sauce, sesame oil to taste


  1. Cut cabbage into thin 2-inch strips. Add salt and massage cabbage to draw out moisture. Add cold water in increments to help this process. Once covered with water, let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Mix together vinegar, ginger, garlic, green onions, and carrots to make kimchi ‘paste.’
  3. Drain salted cabbage and rinse.
  4. Toss in kimchi paste.
  5. Set aside in sealed container for up to 48 hours in the fridge to allow flavors to blend (or enjoy at the end of this recipe!)
  6. Cook noodles (~5 minutes in boiling water).
  7. Mince garlic and chop green onions and carrots.
  8. Cook garlic and onions in oil. Add soy sauce and carrots. Cook until softened.
  9. Strip kale and tear into small pieces.
  10. Add kale to vegetable mix and cook 1-2 minutes until kale is bright green and slightly wilted.
  11. Combine with noodles and sesame seeds.
  12. Add salt, soy sauce, sesame oil to taste.
  13. Serve and enjoy!
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our famous turkey tacos!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in cooking with kids, healthy food, lunch time, Recipes, school food | 0 comments

Taco Beef Mexican Food

Across all of our schools our students look forward to their Taco Tuesday’s!

We are excited to share our most beloved recipe with you all so that you can recreate them at home.


  • 3 T canola oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 heaping T of dark chili powder
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1 t coriander
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 15 oz can of crushed tomatoes


Heat oil over high heat, then reduce to medium heat. Add onion and salt. Cook until translucent. Add peppers and garlic, cook for 3 minutes. Then add turkey meat and seasonings. Cook until golden brown.

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No Bake Carrot Cake Cookies and Valentine’s Hot Chocolate

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

17056352817_61767eb53d_zIs chocolate really good for the heart?  On Valentine’s Day we often gift our loved ones with this simple sweet treat, but some chocolate provides heart-healthy value more than others!

In cooking class this week, our junior chefs will learn that chocolate actually comes from the cacao plant.  Cocoa is made from the seeds of the plant and it is what we find in our chocolate products.  The less sugar and higher the cocoa content found in chocolate provides anti-inflammatory antioxidants that can imprCacao image from the storyofchocolate.comove blood flow and prevent heart disease.  So this Valentine’s Day, if you want to add heart-healthy value to your  box of chocolates, choose dark chocolate!

You and your loved ones can also warm up with a cup of aromatic hot cocoa and No-Bake Carrot Cake Cookies in this delectable recipe:

Ingredients (serves 8):

Carrot Cake Cookies

  • 1 c oats + 1/4 c reserved
  • 1/2 c grated carrots
  • 1/2 c dates
  • 1/4 c raisins + 1/4 c reserved
  • 6T brown sugar
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate chips

Hot Cocoa

  • 4 cups soy milk
  • 6 oz chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/8-1/4 t ginger
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 2-3 T brown sugar


  1. Chop dates and grate carrots.
  2. Add 1 c oats and carrots to food processor.  Add all other ingredients except reserved raisins, oats and chocolate chips.
  3. Remove dough and stir in raisins and chocolate chips.
  4. Stir in remaining oats.
  5. Form into balls and gently flatten with palm of hand.
  6. Cut into heart shapes with cookie cutter.
  7. Put in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Chop chocolate or use grater for chocolate flakes.
  9. Add chocolate to pot and simmer on low.
  10. Pour milk into pot and stir continuously.
  11. Add spices and stir.
  12. Inhale the rich aromatics emanating from the hot cocoa drink, serve cookies and enjoy!




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Red Velvet Beet Brownies

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in cooking with kids, healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, valentines day | 0 comments

800px-Chocolate_Beetroot_BrowniesSurprise your loved ones this valentine’s day with these delightful brownies that use red beets as a natural food coloring and sweetener, and an added protein punch with black beans!

Our cooking class students are excited to whip these up, and of course indulge in their goodness!


  • 2 1/4 C oats
  • 1 medium cooked beet
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/3 C rice milk
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1/2 C black beans
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips


1) Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly oil an 8×8 pan.

2) Cut beet into quarters and bring to a boil. Drain, allow to cool, peel, and chop into small pieces.

3) In food processor, blend oats, cocoa, salt, and baking powder until oats are blended into fine powder.

4) Add the rice milk, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Then add the beets and beans to form a thick batter. Add additional milk if needed to reach brownie consistency.

5) Mix in chocolate chips by hand and pour batter into pan.

6) Bake for 20-25 minutes.


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