Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad...

Looking for a healthy yet filling salad? A light mediterranean salad or looking to cut back on your meat intake? Look no further than this Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad! This recipe feeds about 4 to 6 people,perfect for the whole family or a dinner party! PS its vegetarian friendly!

First things first: The chickpeas,this baking the chickpeas will take the longest to prepare and cook so start off with baking the chickpeas first.
-1 1/2 cup or 15oz can of chickpeas,drained,rinsed and patted completely dry.
-1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
-1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
-1/4 of fine sea salt
-1 tablespoon of olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a bowl, combine the chickpeas with spices and oil. Lay them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven until slightly browned and crisp, about 35 to 40 minutes. Toss chickpeas halfway through cooking time.

Secondly: The dressing!
-2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon dijon style mustard
-1 clove of garlic,minced.
-1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt
-1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

To make the dressing, combine the lemon juice, mustard, garlic and salt in a bowl. Drizzle in olive oil while whisking together the ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Place aside.

Lastly:The Salad
-1 large head of cauliflower,cut into florets.
-1 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in halves
-1/2 cup of diced red onion
-1/3 cup of of kalamata olives finely chopped *optional*
-1 finely chopped english cucumber 
-1 cup of finely chopped parsley 
-1/3 cup of pine nuts
-1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
-salt and pepper to taste

Place the cauliflower florets in the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower reaches a fine, crumbled consistency. Be careful not to over process. You can also use a cheese grater if you do not have a food processor.

*Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl and combine with the cherry tomatoes, onion, olives, cucumber, parsley, pine nuts, and crushed red pepper flakes. Toss well. Slowly drizzle with dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper. Once seasoned add roasted chickpeas and serve!*

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Significance of Farmers Markets...

A weekly trip to your local Farmers Market does more for us and our community than we think. For one,farmers markets encourage friendly interactions between farmers and customers also between members of our community! Farmers Markets not only help build communities by providing a cost-effective way to sell local food producers but can inspire a new generation of farmers! Which is the glimmer of hope in our future of health and food that we need! So every time we head out to shop our weekly farmers market finds we contribute make farming profitable which creates sustainability in our community and preserves farmland for our future.
Bottom line is,"farmers markets are important because they have helped us reconnect with the land but just as equally important helped us reconnect with one another!"

Let us continue to be small but mighty by supporting our local farmers!

See Ya at the Farmers Market!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Benefits of Summer Camp!

School is out for the summer and many kids are kept busy by video games and television but there are other ways kids can keep busy while learning and making new friends! SUMMER CAMP! Not all camps are created equal,finding the right summer camp for your child based on their interests is important,there are science camps,agriculture camps,theatre camps,music camps but whichever one you choose,camp can really instill life long lessons that they can use even well into adulthood! Here are a few reasons summer camp can be beneficial for children!

- At camp,kids learn team work! Working together for something bigger than themselves and each person on the team contributing at the same time to accomplish the task at hand can be empowering for children. It takes them out of a child's way of thinking which can be "me,me,me" and get their mind thinking in terms of "us."

-The camp environment teaches a child resilience! A child's confidence builds after completing an impossible task after they have failed several times but are told to continue trying,many exercises at camp demonstrate just that!

-Camp teaches children to make their own decisions! Being away from their parents can be difficult in the beginning,even if it is just an all day camp and the child gets to go home at the end of each day or a child is miles and miles away from their parent,they learn to make choices and decisions for themselves.  Which in turn teaches a child independence and self reliance.

-Camp sets up a safe environment to try new things! Camp can take a child out of their comfort zone and ultimately helps with the child's growth and confidence. We know that when a child accepts comfortable situations the child can become limited in their flexibility,courage,confidence and understanding. Camp presents different and new situations to help build new strengths. If camp is too costly look for local programs that mimic the same type of situations and character building. Introducing your child to new friends from different cultures and backgrounds also teaches tolerance and acceptance!

Whichever camp or local summer program you decide to enroll your child in remember it will be well worth your energy and your investment!

Looking for a camp in the Inland Empire that focuses on healthy living,eating and farming while instilling the character building camp fundamentals?

                                 Check out WWW.HERITAGECAMPLIFE.ORG
        The final camp week will be held at Cal Poly Pomona from July 20th-25th 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Healthy Summer Foods...

Summertime and the weather is HOT! There are plenty of healthy fruits and veggies to choose from during the summer season! Shop your local Farmers Market for the freshest finds and for a quick list of a few of the healthiest fruits and veggies of the summer!

CUCUMBERS: These crisp and cool vegetables are good for more than just salads and spa treatments,they make great adds or substitutes in favorite recipes like chicken or tuna salads! Also cucumbers contains silica which improves the health of skin and its a great source of fiber and magnesium!

EGGPLANT: This purple veggie goes great with many dishes and there are so many different ways to cook it too,roast it,grill it etc! Eggplant is high in antioxidants and can reduce cholesterol levels AND is a great source of vitamin B.

BELL PEPPERS: These delicious,crunchy and colorful veggies can be eaten raw just like an apple,the orange one in particular is so tasty and sweet! Contains vitamin B6 and folic acid and can also lower high cholesterol!

SUMMER SQUASH: Summer squash when steamed or roasted can have a creamy texture and because of its mild taste it pairs really basil and rosemary! Has omega fatty acids and vitamin C!

PEARS: The sweet and soft texture is perfect as an anytime snack and they blend well with many other fruit and veggies!

FIGS: Fresh figs are not only delicious but also a great source of fiber and potassium!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Grill Recipes **Vegan Friendly**

Summertime can mean less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying warm summer evening outside by the grill! Not every outdoor barbecue has to revolve around chips,burgers and hot dogs. Here are a few summer recipes that are sure to be BIG on taste and not heavy on the stomach!

                                                             Lime Grilled Avocados
   -1 avocado (1 feeds two people, so more depending on how many people there will be.)
   -Extra virgin olive oil
   -Lime wedges
   -Kosher or Coarse Salt and Coarse black pepper

   -Cut avocado in half length wise and remove seed. Brush with extra virgin olive oil,squeeze lime juice over and season with salt and pepper.
   -Place face down on medium heat grill and cook for 4-5 mins or until warm grilled marks appear. Use a thin spatula instead of tongs to remove avocado from grill to avoid the avocado to sticking to the grill.

Grilled Corn with Chile and Lime

-Extra virgin olive oil for brushing
-6 ears of corn with husks and silk removed
-Lime wedges for serving
-Coarse Salt for serving
-Chile powder for serving

-Preheat grill to medium heat and brush hot grill with olive oil
-Grill corn,turning occasionally until kernels are tender and charred in some spots,most time is about 20 minutes.
-Transfer corn to serving plate and serve with lime wedges and coarse salt with chile


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Strawberry and Chia Seed Pudding **Vegan Friendly!!**

Strawberries are the perfect summer snack,sweet and refreshing and IN SEASON! The tastiest strawberries are always locally grown so be sure to check your local farmers market and pick up a basket!


-18oz of fresh strawberries
-2 Tablespoons of Agave nectar or a sweetener of your choice.
-4 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds


    -Place strawberries in a blender or food processor and process the strawberries into liquid.
    - Add the chia seeds and agave nectar to the,now liquid,strawberries and mix again in blender.
    - Place into fridge to rest, for a thicker texture of pudding let it sit overnight!

                                                       And ENJOY!!
                          Perfect for a summer dessert,snack and the kiddos will love it too!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The SummerTime Farmers Market Checklist!

Farmers Markets make a fun and free way to get out of the house with the whole family! There are a few things to remember to bring with you before heading over to your local farmers market this summer....

1. Cash-Most Farmers are old school so don't count on them to accept debit or credit cards. Play a fun game with the kids by giving them a budget to buy to fruit and veggies with,that may also serve as a reminder to bring the cash.

2. Reusable Bags- Try to bring several bags with you to the market,one for large and heavier items and one for soft fruit and veggies etc.

3. Water-Bring something cool and hydrating to drink while walking the market,so many delicious things to sample,it pairs perfectly with water!

4. Sunglasses and sunscreen-The sun can really get you especially during peak hours of a mid day market!

5. A Camera-Farmers are always bringing in new seasonal produce so the gorgeous set up you may see one week maybe different the next!

Don't forget to post your fun Farmers Market outings and it may inspire your friends and neighbors to shop locally!