Delicious and Nutritious

Julia’s Fall Applesauce


Last Fall when I was in Chicago visiting family and friends, I found myself visiting my dear friend Julia quite often.  We'd hang out in her kitchen talking while she whipped up amazing food almost effortlessly (well, that was the way it looked to me).  She had prepared a tenderloin for dinner that night, and her husband and son said, "we have to have the applesauce with it!" … [Read more...]

Happy Halloween!

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People ask me if we eat candy on Halloween, and the answer is "yes".  I do however, love to employ strategies to make all the candy consumption balance out with healthier habits.  I read this recently in a newsletter from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and I thought I'd pass it on to you: Schools and out-of-school time sites around the country are finding … [Read more...]

Food Day at Community School


Food Day, October 24, is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state and national level. Every year on this day thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for the idea to “Eat Real Food”. Food Day will be celebrated … [Read more...]

Veggie Burgers

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As part of the Food Unit at Community School, 8th grade students learn about the food chain, food's impact on the environment, and how each and every one of us "votes with our fork" several times a day in the world of food economics.  After watching the film Cowspiracy, many of the kids wanted to explore other options for burgers besides ground meat.  So the students called on … [Read more...]

Cashew “Cheese”


When I joined Elena on her dairy-free "personal journey", the first, thing I missed was cheese.  Here the recipe that allowed me to feed my craving (without eating dairy). In cuisinart blend: *2 cups soaked cashews (or macadamia nuts)-- soak for 10 minutes and then drain *1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes *1/4 cup fresh lemon juice *1 t salt … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for Food Day

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Through my involvement in Nurture, I am happy to say that next week will be a fun and busy week with Food Day!  Here are some of the events I'm looking forward to: *A nutrition education lesson in alignment with Food Day’s theme of “Eat Real Food” for students at Community School.  This event will take place on 10/15.  Read more here. *A hands-on cooking lesson and lunch … [Read more...]

Who’s Who of Food Day

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I spent this morning brainstorming with 8th graders about their 12-week Food Unit and individual projects.  I spent the most time with two particular groups, one focused on CSPI's Food Day and another working on a culminating event for the unit.  I was inspired by the ambition of these students, who are working on a plan to bring Anna Lappe to our local community for a speaking … [Read more...]

Have a Healthy Halloween

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For today's post leading up to Food Day (October 24th), I wanted to post a fun resource from CSPI:  TRYIt_HealthyHalloween   I especially like the recipes included: *Apple Bites *Carrot Finger Food *Cheese Finger Food *Goblin Grins *Edible Eyeballs Have a happy and healthy Halloween! … [Read more...]

Food Day Dinner Party Guide

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Food Day 2014 is coming up, and I'm going to dedicate a few posts on HKIE to this amazing day and the amazing organization--Center for Science in the Public Interest--that organizes this event. In this post I'd like to highlight a new resource this year-- the Food Day Dinner Party Guide.  This resource (click link at the bottom of this post) contains conversation place … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Soup Taste-Off

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We've recently moved into our new house, and I'm excited to have a kitchen that inspires me to cook again.  My recipe books have been packed up (some have been away for three years!), so I'm excited to be able to access them after missing them dearly.  One thing I like to do when I'm making a dish is to look up several different versions of a recipe, then choose the one that … [Read more...]