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...]

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...]

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...]

Lentil Stew

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Such an easy soup to make when the weather starts getting a little chilly.  Also, a great way to use up any greens you have left in your garden! -Veggie base:  saute onions, carrots and celery in 2 T coconut oil -Transfer to slow cooker and add lentils:  2 cups french lentils, rinsed -Liquid:  Water or broth (to cover) -Season:  bay leaf, italian seasoning, salt, etc. -Add … [Read more...]

Creamy Avocado Herb Salad Dressing

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If there is one thing EVERY person should know how to do it the kitchen, I'd say it should be knowing how to make your own salad dressing. That stuff that comes in the bottle has all kinds of stuff in there that you don't need, it doesn't taste as good, and it is overly expensive. I'm always winging in when it comes to salad dressings, but I periodically posted a comment … [Read more...]

Herb Avocado Dip

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For a refreshing summer snack, blend in a Vitamix or cuisinart: -1 avocado -2 cups greens (spinach, kale, sorrel, asian greens, etc.) -1/2 herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, tarragon, etc.) -1 roma tomato -1 T each: fresh lemon juice, apple cider* vinegar, olive oil -1 t sea salt *or change it up with red wine vinegar, or balsamic … [Read more...]

Extreme Chocolate Pie

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This recipe is one of my favorites given that I'm an extreme chocoholic.   It is so easy to make, too! First, you need to make the brownie bottom-- we use this recipe and pour some into a pie dish (and bake).  Once the brownie bottom has cooled, you make the top of the pie: -1 1/2 sticks of butter -1 cup sugar -6 oz bittersweet/semi sweet chocolate, melted and cooled -1 … [Read more...]

Brownies

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We make a huge batch of these brownies and freeze them for an amazing sweet treat!  We adapted an old recipe for the altitude by added a bit more flour and reducing the baking powder. 4 sticks butter 16 oz high quality bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate 3 cups flour (we use ground whole wheat) 1 t baking powder 1 t salt 4 cups sugar (when we measure it out, we don't … [Read more...]

Miso Soup

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-3 – 1” pieces of wakame (sea vegetable) -4 cups water or stock -1⁄2 cup chopped kale or Swiss chard -4 tbsp light or mellow unpasteurized miso -2 scallions, thinly sliced for garnish Soak wakame in a small bowl of cold water for 5 minutes to rehydrate. Put water in a 4 quart pot, bring to a boil.  Remove wakame from bowl and tear into pieces, removing the spine. Add … [Read more...]

Crepes

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My daughter loves when I make crepes for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner)!  It is a treat, and we have a little "crepe bar" where she can roll up hers with yummy fruits, almond butter and of course whipped cream! All you need to make the crepe batter is: 1 cup flour 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup water 2 T butter 1 t vanilla Optional: other spices like cinnamon Then you … [Read more...]