Farm to Table

“The greatest thing you can do for your children is to cook and share food
with them. The precious moments you spend together around the family table
go way beyond the food itself; they lead to an understanding of the benefits
of healthy eating and are the basis for good family relationships.”– Jacques Pépin, national spokesperson of Spoons Across America

Jacques Pepin said it well. Fortunately, it is summer so sharing the education of where food comes from is easy. Grab your cotton, reusable tote and head to the Farmers Market. This is a great experience for you and your children to find new foods to enjoy. My favorite find at the Union Square Greenmarket – fiddleheads!

New York and LA Markets:

http://www.grownyc.org/ourmarkets and http://www.farmersmarketla.com/

Going Green

Beet greens, broccoli raab, collards, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, and turnip greens are considered the “greens.” They are the leaves and stems of plants. They are high in Vitamin A, calcium, iron and potassium. My favorite greens are collards, kale and Swiss chard. Sauté greens with a small amount of olive oil and plenty of diced garlic. Then add to whole wheat pasta or serve along side fish.

What's for dinner?

Last night my husband and I had such a delicious and simple meal. You too, can create this healthy fast meal for dinner this week. This recipe serves 2-3 adults. Modify for your family size.

Sole over Lentils with Heirloom Tomato Cucumber Salad

You Need:

A white fish – we used Filet of Grey Sole 3/4ths – 1 pound, 2tsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

Lentils – we used Melissa’s Steamed Ready to Eat Lentils (you can purchase at Whole Foods or Trader Joes)

1 large container of mixed small heirloom tomatoes, halved; 5 mini seedless cucumbers, peeled/sliced and olive oil based balsamic vinaigrette dressing

What to Do:

Lightly sauté the fish on medium heat until the fish is opaque and flaky. Heat the lentils and plate. Combine the tomatoes and cucumbers. Mix with dressing as desired. Serve the fish over the bed of lentils aside the tomato cucumber salad. Cheers to your health!

Gluten Free Goodness

Some snacks are obviously gluten free such as a piece of fruit with cheese. Here are a few more snack ideas that may have been less obvious. Go ahead, explore and be satisfied with these convenient snacks. 

Gluten Free Snacks:

Pirate’s Booty – Veggie

Lara Bars – all natural raw fruit and nut bar

Palap Azul Fruit Bars – frozen fruit bars made with real fruit

Glutenfreeda Instant Oatmeal – made with Certfified Gluten Free Oats 

Four Tines Brazillian Stuffed Bell Pepper – Great as a side dish or snack; found in the frozen section

Kettle Cuisine – Gluten Free Soups such as Three Bean Chili

Peel Me A Parsnip!

Want to get more veggies in your intake? Try using the KYOCERA Advanced Ceramic Peeler. I bought this kitchen tool at Whole Foods for $9.99. It is a very cool peeler! Last night I peeled strips of parsnips, carrots and radishes over my salad. The veggies added color, crunch and of course wholesome nutrition.