Strengthening families, one meal at a time

Family Dinners Matter

There is extensive research demonstrating the many benefits of family meals. Kids do better in school, families communicate more, there is less alcohol and drug use among teens, leading to enhanced well-being. However, the national trend is that fewer and fewer families are sharing family meals.

Beyond Food Access

In many of our urban neighborhoods, fresh, healthy and affordable food is not readily accessible. Locally, organizations are working to alleviate this problem. Placing healthy food in these low access areas is a first step, but for those who aren't familiar with these healthier options, we need to reach beyond access and provide education and support.

Sunday Suppers makes a difference

Families attending Sunday Suppers make changes in what they are eating, how they prepare food and making family meals a priority. Participants are trying new foods and are using healthier cooking techniques. And they are drinking less soda and fewer sugary beverages. Their decisions about food and nutrition benefit the entire family.

From The Blog

Easy Corn Fritters

Recipes

Ingredients: 3 cups corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned. If using frozen corn, thaw and drain well. If using canned corn, drain well) 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup finely chopped red or green pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion 1/2 jalapeño, finely diced 2 teaspoons honey 2 […]

Gumbo

Recipes

Serves 8 This gumbo is made with turkey bacon and chicken. For a vegetarian version remove the meat add more vegetables and a little paprika or smoked seasoning. INGREDIENTS 2 lbs chicken, any parts will work Salt to taste if desired 2 tablespoons creole mixture ¾ cup flour 1 cup vegetable oil ¾ cup finely […]

Using the Haitian Marinade (Epis) to make Mofongo

Recipes

Epis Many Haitians have this in their refrigerator. In Haiti a pestle and mortar is used to mash all the ingredients together – but you can use a food processor or blender. 6 scallions 6 garlic cloves 1/cup parsley 1 small red pepper 10 sprigs fresh thyme 1/2 cup olive or canola oil juice of […]

Panzanella Salad

Recipes

This is a traditional Italian bread salad; other vegetables can be used depending on the season. Ingredients •1 cup roasted zucchini in a medium bowl •3 cups stale bread in the bowl with the zucchini •2 pounds Roma tomatoes, chopped •1 clove garlic, chopped •1 teaspoon thyme in a small bowl •1 teaspoon oregano in […]

Easy Japanese Pickled Cucumbers

Recipes

•1 large cucumber •1/4 cup rice vinegar •1 tablespoon sugar •Pinch of salt •2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional) Wash the cucumbers and slice in thin coins. Place in a bowl with vinegar, sugar and salt. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. *For variation, try this recipe with different vinegars (apple cider, red wine vinegar) or substitute natural […]

Rice & Bean Stuffed Delicata Squash

Recipes

Ingredients 1 delicata squash 1 cup cooked brown rice ½ cup black beans ¼ cup sofrito (recipe below) ¼ cup shredded cheese Make the rice and bean filling Cook brown rice. When almost done stir in beans and sofrito and cook for a few more minutes. You may want to add more or less sofrito […]

Turkey Stock

Recipes

Makes: 8 quarts (32 cups) Turkey stock is a great replacement for chicken stock as well as a great use of your leftover turkey bones. If you’re not ready to make stock right after Thanksgiving you can freeze the bones and make the stock later. Both stock and bones can be frozen for up to […]

Fresh Herb Stuffing Recipe

Recipes

YIELD Makes 5 – 7 servings INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 5 cups day old whole wheat bread 1 small onion chopped 3 stalks celery, diced celery ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoons chopped fresh sage 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt A pinch of black […]

Kale Caesar Salad

Recipes

serves 4 Ingredients • 6-8 cups kale leaves loosely packed • 1 T. Dijon mustard • 1 T. vinegar • 2 T. mayonnaise • 1/2 c. olive oil • 1T lemon juice • minced anchovy or anchovy paste (optional) • 1/4 cup grated or shaved Parmesan cheese • Croutons Wash and remove stems from kale […]

Poppyseed Dressing

Recipes

Ingredients 1/3 cup olive oil 1/4 cup orange juice 3 T honey 1.5 t dijon mustard 1/2 T chopped scallion 1/4 T salt 1 t poppy seeds Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously.

Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Recipes

serves 4 Ingredients • 2/3 cup quinoa • 1 1/3 cups water • 1 bunch kale, torn into bite-sized pieces • 1/2 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion • 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese • 1/4 cup […]

Tuscan Bean Salad

Recipes

serves 6 Ingredients • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained • 1 cup roasted sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch strips • 3/4 cup sliced ripe olives • 1/2 cup chopped red onion • 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 3 tablespoons […]

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