Quinoa Summer Salad

A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" (quinoa is actually more similar to a seed) native to South America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas" who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids.  Not only is … [Read more...]

Kale Chips

-1 to 2 bunches of kale -1 tbsp coconut oil -sea salt Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Remove kale from stalk, leaving the greens in large chip size pieces. Melt approximately 1 tbsp coconut oil.  Pour the oil over the kale and toss. Place the kale on a baking sheet then sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 5 minutes or until to starts to turn a bit brown.  Keep an eye on it as … [Read more...]

Farro Salad with Chickpeas and Marinated Artichoke Hearts

A guest post by Nurture It’s fun to experiment with all the different grains that are available to us these days. A couple weeks ago, we made a farro salad for a large event and it was a hit for so many reasons.  Farro has wonderful taste and texture – a little like barley, but it’s a larger grain with a nutty flavor.  The salad was a breeze to make and because farro doesn’t … [Read more...]

Spring Green Drink

It is definitely spring time, and it is that time of year when you should really make an effort to boost the "green" intake of everyone in your family.  My favorite green drink for kids is still the Green Machine, but I was looking for something that might be even more of a cleansing drink during this springtime season.  (Hint:  parsley is considered a highly cleansing food).  … [Read more...]

Winter Greens with Citrus Dressing

This is a wonderful side dish for the winter months when you crave just a little more color and zest.  Grab the best and freshest greens you can find and make this dressing: Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 T fresh lime juice 2 T fresh lemon juice 2 T rice wine vinegar 2 T honey 1/2 t sea salt 1/3 cup olive oil 1 T fresh chopped parsley 1 t fresh thyme … [Read more...]

Miso and Greens Soup

Gluten-free/dairy-free/nut-free.  I have previously mentioned Julia's Miso and Greens Soup, and I didn't want to keep you waiting.  So here is the recipe-- enjoy! 3 Tablespoons olive oil 2 small sweet onions chopped, or 1 small sweet onion and 3 leeks (white part only) chopped 2 to 4 cloves of garlic (depending on your love of garlic) chopped 6 cups chicken stock 2 cups … [Read more...]

Festive Turkey Sliders

If you are looking to feed a diverse crowd (think adults AND children eating from the same menu), Festive Turkey Sliders might be your ticket.  We made these recently in advance of an "after party" at our home when a few families came over to eat following a holiday performance.   I was to attend the performance, so I needed to have something warm and delicious ready upon our … [Read more...]

Minestrone Soup

Kids at the Community School Middle School enjoyed another "Food and Fun" hands on cooking lesson.  The topic of the lesson?  Soup!... a wonderfully versatile dish that can be modified based on taste buds.  (One student excitedly exclaimed that his soup was "going to have lots of garlic!").  It was fun for the students to be able to follow a general recipe but feel empowered to … [Read more...]

Veggie Burrito Bowl

Featured Recipe - Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show We played the song "Veggie Luv" on the Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show on KDPI.  We promised a veggie recipe that you will "Luv".  Here you go! You can download the recipes as a PDF file in either English  or Spanish. … [Read more...]

Carrot and Orange Soup

Here is another amazing recipe from my dear friend Julia.  She fed this to a group of women that ooed and ahed over this amazing soup that is just perfect for a cold autumn or winter day.  The fennel, carrot and orange combination is amazing, and the spices she used were fun and new to me. Adapted from: Homemade With Love by Jennifer Perillo Serves … [Read more...]