Summertime Pizza Party

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments


The sun is out, the weather is warm and it’s finally feeling like summer! While many of our junior chefs are already enjoying summer vacation, we’re lucky enough to have a few classes still in session. For those of us with a few weeks left, we’re dedicating this week to honing our pizzaiolo skills! We’ll be starting from scratch with a soft, stretchy, homemade dough. From there we’ll add sauce, cheese and a variety of fresh summer veggies. June brings tons of great produce to our markets and grocery stores including summer squash and zucchini, spinach, mustard greens and other summery lettuces, and a whole variety of peppers and peas. We hope you’ll try out this recipe at home and experiment with your toppings!


  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 packet active yeast
  • 2½ cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 jar organic marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Summer veggies of your choice! (Zucchini, Fresh Tomatoes, Corn, Red Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Greens)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F / 230°C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup warm water, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and 1 packet active yeast. Stir and then let sit for 10 minutes to allow yeast to activate.
  3. Add 2½ cups bread flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix until it forms an even ball of dough.
  4. Cut into as many pieces as desired and flatten into pizza crust shape. Top with desired toppings and bake at 450°F/230°C for 10 to 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

** This recipe was inspired by BuzzFeed. To check out the original, look here!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Compote and Sunflower Granola

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

IMG_2563It’s our last week in the kitchen with our budding chefs and while we’re sad to see them go, we’re grateful for all the fun we’ve had! In the past few months, we have learned about eating the rainbow, seasonal foods, balancing our food with healthful combinations, parts of the plant, being sustainable, aromatics, preserving the flavors of the season, being mindful, creative food art, superfoods and community and holiday celebrations. And the learning does not have to stop here! We hope you’ll try this tasty summer treat out at home, along with all of our other creations from this year. See below for the full recipe!


  • 1 lb rhubarb
  • 1 lb strawberries
  • ½ lemon
  • ¼ c honey (or sugar)
  • canned cool whip


  • 2.5 c oats
  • ¼ c sunflower seeds
  • ½ raisins
  • ¼-1/2 c honey or sugar
  • ¼ c sunbutter
  • 2 T canola oil
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ¼ t nutmeg
  • ¼ t salt


  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 apples
  • .5 lb strawberries
  • .5 rhubarb


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Breakdown rhubarb.
  3. Cut lemon into wedges.
  4. Breakdown celery and apples.

Prepare compote: 

  1. Slice rhubarb into ¾ in. pieces, (set aside about 1/3 raw for side salad).
  2. Cut strawberries into quarters (set aside about 1/3)
  3. Squeeze lemon juice into bowl.
  4. Combine and place in small pot over medium-high heat. Add sweetener in increments. Adjust sweetener quantity to your liking. Taste as you go!
  5. Bring mixture to a boil. Turn down heat and allow to simmer until compote reaches desired consistency (thick and smooth), stirring to prevent burning.
  6. While compote cooks, prepare granola.

Prepare granola:

  1. Mix wet and dry ingredients separately, then combine.
  2. Bake on sheet tray for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown in color, stirring once.

Make crunchy side salad:

  1. Chop apples and celery into bite size pieces.
  2. Combine with strawberries and rhubarb.
  3. Use fork to crush strawberries and apples slightly and release sweet juices to balance rhubarb’s tartness.

To Serve: Layer strawberry-rhubarb compote with sunflower granola. Add dollop of whipped cream. Serve with a crunchy raw salad. Enjoy outside in the warm, summer sunshine!


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Fondue and Summer Veggies

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments


This week we’ll be looking to Switzerland for a little inspiration. We’re making fondue! Fondue is a traditional Swiss dish. It’s combination of melted cheese, milk, and occasionally a little garlic, mustard or honey to add flavor. Everything is melted and mixed together in a large pot or fountain. Then comes the dipping!

We’ll be using gruyere for our fondue, which is actually named after the small Swiss town where it originated. It is a smooth, semi-soft and often unpasteurized cheese with a strong flavor.

And since we love fresh, seasonal produce here at Butter Beans, we’ll use  a few of our favorite summer veggies for dipping, some of which are superfoods. What’s a superfood you ask?

 “Superfoods” are nutrient-rich foods packed with vitamins and minerals  that help us reach our healthiest selves. They are often colorful and  contain lots of antioxidants, which stop “free radicals” that can cause  harm to healthy cells. 

Let’s get cooking!


  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 ½ c gruyere, shredded
  • 1 c emmentaler, shredded
  • ¼ c AP flour
  • ¼ t dry mustard

For the fondue:

    • Warm up milk to a boil, then turn to simmer and cover.
    • Measure the honey and add to the simmering milk.
    • Shred the cheese or cut into very small pieces if not shredded.
    • Mix cheese in a bowl with the flour and dry mustard.
    • Add a handful of cheese at a time and whisk until all cheese is in the pot.
    • Turn heat on very low, cover the pot, and hold.

Summer Veggies

    • 1 carrot
    • 1 zucchini
    • 1 summer squash
    • 1 pt grape tomatoes
    • ½ head broccoli
    • 1 granny smith apples

Prepare the dipping veggies.

    • Cut the summer squash and zucchini into juliennes (matchstick size)
    • Cut or break the broccoli into florets.
    • Cut the carrots into rounds or juliennes.
    • Cut the granny smith apples into wedges.

Once veggies are ready, pour the fondue into one big bowl for sharing, or a few small ones for individual fondue pots. Keep in mind, the more you split the cheese, the more heat you will lose and the faster the cheese will try to turn back into a solid.  The fun in fondue is the sharing!

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tasting days with the little ones

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in healthy food, local food, lunch time, Recipes, school food | 0 comments

Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 4.52.03 PMA few weeks ago we had the pleasure of hosting two fun tasting days with the students in Pre-K and Kindergarten at BASIS Independent Brooklyn.

We chose two specific menu days based on students eating habits and food preferences to see if we could open their palates to liking something they may have not liked (or even tried) before.

We also used this opportunity to test out our brand new stickers showcasing our little Butter Beans chef mascots that state, “I tried something new!”

We chose blackened chicken drumstick day, and our homemade fish sticks.

You would think that chicken drumsticks would be an easy win for these students, but some of them don’t love it because of how it’s described. What does blackened mean they asked?

I brought in some fresh herbs to show them the main components of the blackened spice rub that our chef creates and sprinkles onto the chicken before it gets roasted in the oven.

Then we put our food explorer hats on, and dove into the fun part.

After the students tried the chicken in our 1oz sample cups, the majority of them gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up, with requests for seconds!

IMG_1307Then came the fish stick tasting day. I came in with a handout of how fish sticks are made by hand, and shared with them that we serve wild caught pollack, a fish similar to cod but less fishy tasting, and that our chef hand breads each and every one of them for 15 schools!

To make the tasting even more exciting, we offered the option of dipping their fish sticks into three different condiments: ranch, ketchup and our homemade tartar sauce. They were a hit! Students who had never tried them before, couldn’t get enough.

Here are some fun quotes that we collected from our tasting adventures:

  • I love Butter Beans!
  • It’s very good!
  • This is really good
  • I like it
  • Super yummy
  • Best thing I’ve ever eaten
  • Can we have a Butter Beans person come visit everyday?
  • That was better than pepperoni pizza (in regards to the chicken)

With all of the positive feedback and buzz that was generated, we are sure that these students are going to be ready to dig in when they’re on the menu again!

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Spring Smoothie and Compost Cookies!

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments


At Butter Beans we’re all about eating sustainably, but what does that actually mean?

It can mean eating locally, in season, or organic. It can mean limiting your intake of processed meats and seeking out wild, line-caught seafood. It can mean steering clear of the dirty dozen. However, it also has to do with how you prepare and dispose of your food! This week we’ll talk a lot about reducing our food waste. Food waste is any uneaten food that is discarded, that could have had another practical use. One way to cut back on our food waste is to compost! Compost is broken down organic matter (usually kitchen scraps and unfinished food) made by tiny microorganisms in compost bins. It is often called ‘black gold’ because, when applied to our garden, it gives plants an all-natural fertilizing boost.

Today, we’ll be whipping up a batch of our favorite ‘compost’ cookies. We’re using zucchini, pretzels and carrots, but you could add any kitchen leftovers into this recipe and they would still taste great. To top off our tasty treat, we’ll also be blending up a fresh, nutrient-packed smoothie. Find the recipes below!

Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 C spinach
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 pear
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 21⁄2 C vanilla yogurt

Cookie Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 C oats
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 C brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 C butter (4 TB/ 1⁄2 stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1⁄2 C grated zucchini (1
  • small zucchini)
  • 1⁄2 C shredded carrot (1
  • medium carrot)
  • 1 C pretzels
  • 1⁄2 C raisins

Measure and mix oats, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. In a separate bowl, place diced butter and sugar and cream together. Meanwhile, grate the zucchini and the carrot. At the end, let 2

Gently squeeze the grated carrot and zucchini over a cup, to get out excess water. Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter/sugar mix, then mix in the flour mix, veggies, pretzels and raisins. Mix well and crush the pretzels. Spoon dollops onto baking tray and put in oven. Bake for 15-20 min until done.

For the smoothie, blend all ingredients in blender/food processor, pulsing until smooth.



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