The fresh garden flavors of summer are here, finally!
We started off with a wet, cold May and June but everything is starting to become more green and bountiful in July.
Look for early summer greens in the produce department including rainbow chard, spinach, kale, and mustard. Also, don’t miss placing other green veggies such as sugar snap peas and green beans in your side dishes too!
However, how do you make these flavorful greens exciting to eat? To find out, come to the Garden Fresh Flavors Greens Class Demo this Saturday, July 9th near the hotbar in Valley Natural Foods from noon-3pm. Cooking instructor, Michele Licata, will be sampling some of her tasty and inspiring summer dining recipes featured in her July 15th Garden Fresh Flavors: Green Class. Sign-up for this class at the customer service counter or by calling 952-891-1212 ext. 221 for details. Cost is $35 for members and $38 for non-members.
Save $3.00 on this Michele Licata Class or another others in her Garden Fresh Flavors Series this summer at Valley Natural Foods–including her Peas n’ Beans class this Friday.
Keep in mind that Michele’s classes are chalk full of food, recipes and lots of sampling! Come hungry and be prepared to eat hearty! Fun recipes include Pea and Lettuce Soup, Chard with Green Olives, Currants and Goat Cheese and Spanikopita (spinach pie). You will definitely get your money’s worth of food and lots of food for thought. See an entire listing of all her classes in the June-September edition of Valley Natural Foods’ Education Booklet, available online.
Just as a reminder–it is recommended that you include these cruciferous green vegetables into your diet 2-3 times a week because of the fantastic health benefits they offer such as providing many antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients. They are excellent sources of a multitude of vitamins including A, C, K, beta-carotene, iron and omega-3 fatty acids.
So if you are looking for something green and leafy, don’t reach for the iceberg lettuce. Eating more leafy greens such as those mentioned above will definitely give you more vitamins, minerals and bang for your buck!