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Lemony Hummus in a Pita Pocket

2 Jan

Ingredients: 8 ounces of chickpeas 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 lemon 1 to 2 tablespoons of cold water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin 2 carrots, grated or sliced thin 3 pita pockets 6 lettuce leaves Directions: 1. Add the chickpeas and garlic to a blender. Blend […]

Superhero Salad

2 Jan

Ingredients: 1 cup canned sweet corn 3/4 cup canned black beans 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes 1 cup grated feta cheese 2 tablespoons green or red pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon red onion 1 whole avocado 2 tablespoons cilantro, shredded into small pieces 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice 1/8 teaspoons minced garlic 1/8 teaspoon salt Directions: […]

Kale Salad

2 Jan

A friend told me this weekend that he planned to cook more kale for his family this year, since kale is a “superfood.” You might not think kids would like a raw kale salad, but the Upper El students who made this dish in cooking class surprised even themselves. The recipe calls for either ricotta […]

Tofu and Collard Stir-Fry

2 Jan

Two things to keep in mind for the new year: First, as food guru Mark Bittman says, Eat more plants. Second, as our school nutritionist says, try to vary the protein you eat. Here’s one great recipe that deliciously accomplishes both. My older daughter was among the students who begged for seconds, when her classroom […]

Whole Wheat Gingerbread with Skillet Apples

22 Nov

Makes 2 dozen muffins Ingredients 1 cup molasses 3/4 cup honey 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 cups milk Directions 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat molasses, […]

Sweet Potato Pancakes

22 Nov

Looking for something to do with leftover sweet potatoes from your Thanksgiving feast? Try out this recipe that Lower El students made — and devoured — last month during cooking classes. I’ve heard from parents that this one is “a hit” at home. Can’t fail. Ingredients 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour […]

Two-Bean Kale Soup

21 Nov

I know what you’re going to say. “No way will my kid eat kale soup.” But pretty much every fourth and fifth grader who made this soup in cooking class gave it a thumbs-up. The secret: Let them do the chef-ing. Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 […]

Sweet Potato Quesadillas

20 Nov

For the school’s Mini-Harvest Feast, students wrapped sweet potatoes in foil for baking, and prepared roasted cinnamon pepita seeds as a topping. But last month, they made the following recipe in class — and loved it. Try it at home sometime. (One of the Edible Garden’s purple sweet potatoes pictured below. Photo courtesy of Morgan […]