Last month, the SJLI led a team of volunteers at a school garden build in Lennox. Now Delores Huerta Elementary School now has a budding garden thanks to the many community members, students, parents and Do Good Bus volunteers who stuck their hands into the dirt. To keep everyone’s energy up, lunch was provided, along with a serving of soup. Even though the sun came out, and the weather proved to be warmer than expected, a little soup went a long way. Continue reading
It’s the month of the pumpkin! It seems to be a polarizing member of the produce family. Some folks love it, other folks hate it. It seems as though the people who do not like it have really only eaten pumpkin in its most popular form–pureed into a pie filling. Of course, there are plenty of ways to eat pumpkin, so this past weekend’s demo was a three-recipe display of various ways to eat the big orange guy. If you missed the class, check below for the recipes.
This is the best time for tomatoes, so why not use them in as many ways as you can? Of course, salads can benefit from a juicy tomato, but there are many other things you can do with them. This month’s demo featured three recipes with tomatoes used in three specific ways with varying flavors. The first recipe is an Indian chutney, the second is a play on the Italian caprese salad, and the last is a West coast twist on the Southern classic–a tomato sandwich. Read on for more!
At this past weekend’s cooking demonstration, we prepared two heavy vegetarian dishes that are meant to leave you feeling very satisfied. Often, we hear that people shy away from vegetarian meals because they feel hungry two or three hours later. In reality, you should be eating every few hours to keep your metabolism up and running at its best. With heavy-veggie meals, you can guarantee that your body is most likely receiving a high quantity of vitamins and nutrients that it needs, loves and adores. The key to making your vegetarian meals a success is utilizing different ingredients that add new flavors to keep you interested and incorporate higher amounts of protein to provide satiety. Continue reading
Summer is here, and one of the best vegetables to eat during this time is corn. It is one of America’s favorites, and when the months of June, July, August and September pop up, it is time to grab a pound or two of fresh cobs. When corn season hits, the prices at grocery stores and farmers markets are low, so there is no reason to avoid the purchase. Plus, the flavor of fresh corn is a vast improvement from anything in the can. For our last demo, Chrystal shucked a few ears and used the crunchy kernels in fritters.
It’s all about cucumber for the last month’s cooking demonstration. Chrystal led the workshop, with Carolyne right by her side. Why cucumbers, you may be asking. They are usually only in salads as big, watery chunks that do not add flavor or oomph. The idea of May’s workshop was to change the perception of cucumber and show everyone just how perfect they can be in different recipes. Mint was also a prime ingredient in each of the three recipes. Mint grows like a weed, so if you have a garden or even just a little outdoor pot, you can grow mint and use it all summer long.
Thanks to Pam, our last cooking demonstration was quite a success! It was a chance to showcase new recipes and techniques with a few familiar ingredients. Both of Pam’s recipes use Asian ingredients that you may be familiar with from trips to your favorite restaurant or a stroll down the grocery aisle. One of the common additions in both recipes is cruciferous greens–a mix of both swiss chard and collards. These types of greens are an excellent way to add natural vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet.
This month, Carolyne decided it would be the perfect time to teach students how to make pasta. That’s right, fresh pasta you can make at home! It’s much easier than you think, and as always, when it’s homemade, pasta takes so much better than the boxed variety. You may be wondering if it is worth your time and effort. If you are a pasta lover, or if you enjoy cooking projects that are fun for kids as well, pasta is perfect for you. You would be surprised just how easy it can be.
February marks the return of Black History Month, and this time, we have combined forces with Oldways to highlight their celebration of African Heritage and Health Week, which ran from February 1-7. It was a time to remember, recognize and implement “at least one dish, at home or at a local restaurant, that is inspired by the cuisines of African-American ancestors and Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid“. The pyramid is a reformed visual that displays various ancestral foods and their best quantities in a person’s diet. Eating in line with our heritage, according to Oldways, is not only a way to connect to history and nourish the spirit, but also to improve health. The pyramid features a large focus on greens, vegetables, fruits, beans and grains, with meats, fats and desserts making up the smaller portion of the pyramid. It is this return to a more plant-based diet that plays a large role in the healthier lifestyle on a micro level and also has a hand in rebuilding and strengthening communities as a whole. Continue reading
There are so many ways to spend $10 in the week. Grab a small coffee before work every morning. Snag lunch with a friend. Happy hour cocktails in the afternoon. Picking up a handful of lottery tickets. Another easy way to spend $10 is by donating to the Warren Lane Urban Farm. With just 18 days to go, the Warren Lane Urban Farm–an initiative supported by Whole Kids Foundation and PACT–is a little less than halfway to its mission. For just $2,500, the farm will be outfitted with an amphitheater, rain garden, play area, and an aquaponic greenhouse, in addition to various produce guilds, a chicken coop and compost area. The garden will serve as an educational and empowering space for members of the community to learn, collaborate and engage with each other over healthy, wholesome foods. Please donate today and share this campaign with loved ones and colleagues to ensure that the Warren Lane Urban Farm reaches completion!