It is important to recognize the value of eating a healthy meal together as a family. Kids also do better in school, eat healthier and are less likely to be overweight when they gather together for family meals. Busy schedules can often make eating together difficult. However, remember that family meals can happen at any time of the day or place such as during breakfast or snack time. Get your whole family involved in the planning, preparation and cleanup to make family meals work for everyone!
This week at the Education Kiosk (located on the outskirts of the produce department) we will demonstrate a couple meal ideas that will be great for the whole family. Enjoy samples and pick-up some recipes, including one for dessert too!
Thursday, September 8, 2011, 3:00-6:00 p.m.: Raw Food Day: Raw Apple Pie
This will make a great, sweet family dessert! Using pecans, dates, walnuts, vanilla, maple syrup and celtic sea salt for a raw crust, this nutty concoction packs lots of protein, fiber and minerals! The filling consists of a dried mixture of apples, dates, raisins and flaxseed naturally sweetened with raw honey and cinnamon.
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 12:00-3:00 p.m.: Slow Cooker Day: BBQ Lentil Sandwiches
Who needs meat?! This savory vegan dish is perfect for the fall season and for any game day. Lentils are the fiber and iron all-star of the legume family. Enjoy the spicy sweet richness of this recipe which includes brown sugar, molasses, cider vinegar, jalapeno, onion, garlic and more. Paired with some dill pickle chips, this sandwich will be sure-fire hit with your family.
Monday, September 12, 2011, 3:00-6:00 p.m.: Budget Meal: BLT Linguini or Rigatoni
Instead of the regular spaghetti dinner with hamburger, change it up with some Down in the Valley Bacon! Using bacon, chicken broth, linguini or rigatoni pasta, diced tomatoes, fresh parsley and cream cheese, this flavorful dish puts a new spin on the meaning of BLT!