LENTIL QUINOA SOUP
Note: This soup can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stove top. If using the Instant Pot, use the sauté function for Step 1. Then add all the other ingredients and cover with lid. Cook on manual for 7 minutes.
Gazpacho is a flavorful, chilled, traditional, Spanish cuisine soup. With the abundance of tomatoes, peppers and herbs in the school gardens, I thought this would be a perfect dish to make with elementary students. Through my work in the schools, I teach students how to make healthy dishes using their garden harvest and the importance of healthy eating. I wasn't sure if they would like the idea of "cold" soup, but I can truly say, this recipe has been kid tested and approved! They really loved this flavorful dish. It's perfect for a hot summer day when you don't feel like turning on the stove or oven. This garden gazpacho is loaded with fresh vegetables and many essential nutrients. Experiment with different varieties of peppers, tomatoes and herbs to create your own customized garden gazpacho. My basic recipe is below.
Eat the Rainbow! You may have heard that phrase before. Maybe it makes you think of Skittles candy (taste the rainbow), or maybe you think of eating nature's candy. We all know that nature's candy (fruits and vegetables) is the healthier choice! Eating the Rainbow provides your body with a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are all essential for optimal health. Here are just a few benefits of eating the rainbow:
Red: healthy heart, blood and joints, lowers risk of disease
Green: energy, strong bones and teeth, digestive support
Yellow/Orange: immune system, skin, hair and eyes, healthy joints
Purple/Blue: memory, brain function, aging, fights inflammation
White: immune system and heart health
Lemon Balsamic Maple Vinaigrette
Yield: Approximately ¾ cup dressing
Eating the Rainbow is simple! Just grab your favorite vegetables and/or fruits and create a delicious salad!
QUINOA LIME SALAD
QUINOA BLACK BEAN SALAD/TACOS
I wanted to share one of my favorite dishes to make that uses my favorite grain, Quinoa.
If you are not familiar with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) here are some facts about this wonderful grain. Quinoa has a high nutritional value and provides all of the essential amino acids. It is not only high in protein, but high in iron, vitamin B3, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. Quinoa is also gluten free.
My Quinoa Black Bean Salad/Tacos are very healthy and easy to make. This dish is delicious on its own as a salad or served in a soft shell taco, topped with avocado and salsa, if desired. It can be served hot or cold. It is great to pack for picnic lunches or to keep in the refrigerator for a quick lunch or dinner.
This salad uses a Rainbow of Color which provide a great amount of vitamins and minerals!
Hope you enjoy this delicious and nutrient rich salad with all many tasty flavors of Fall!
COLORFUL VEGETABLE PASTA SALAD
SPRING ROLLS WITH PEANUT SAUCE
*The rolls are best served right away or stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator. If storing for later, the rolls will stick together, so have some space between them or individually wrap them.
*These can be a little time consuming to make, so grab some family helpers to help assemble the wraps together!
*Get creative with different vegetables in your wraps
Creamy Peanut Sauce
Yield: 1-1/2 cups
The rice paper I use is shown below. I purchase this brand at Sprouts Farmers Market.
Prepare a colorful assortment of vegetables and herbs for your wraps! Enjoy!
4TH OF JULY FRUIT SALAD
CRUNCHY VEGGIE-NOODLE LETTUCE WRAPS
I have always enjoyed making salads! When I teach my nutrition and cooking demonstrations in the schools, I like to incorporate every color of the rainbow into a beautiful garden fresh salad. This salad is always a favorite with the kids. It's simple, colorful and fun! Try cutting the vegetables in different shapes, such as, half moon cucumbers, carrot coins, spiralized radishes and confetti bell pepper! Eating the rainbow will ensure you are getting a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!
• 2 cups lettuce, arugula, kale or any other favorite greens
• 1 cup purple cabbage, thinly shredded
• 1 cup carrots , shredded or cut into coins
• 1 cup diced cucumbers, cut into half moons
• 1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
• 1 cup radishes, sliced, diced or spiralized
Optional "toppings": Sprinkle in any of the following: dried cranberries, pomegranates, blueberries, sunflower seeds or croutons
1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Whisk together lemon dressing ingredients
3. Pour onto salad and toss until well coated
Basic Lemon Dressing
Yield: Approximately ¾ cup dressing
• 1 tbsp. lemon zest
• ¼ cup lemon juice
• ½ cup olive oil
• 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
• ½ tsp salt
Optional dressing add-ins:
• 1 minced garlic clove
• fresh minced herbs
• 2 tsp Dijon mustard
1. Add lemon zest and juice to bowl, whisk in honey and salt (and any optional add-ins), drizzle in olive oil and whisk well. Can also add ingredients to a jar and shake well!
Check out our How to Build a Perfect Salad worksheet for more ideas on building a colorful and healthy salad!
This salsa is one of my most popular recipes that I use for kids when I teach in the schools. It is loaded with watermelon and vegetables, lime juice, cilantro, and has so much flavor. Kids love it (and, of course, adults too) !! It is great for picnics, BBQ's, poolside and just snacking at home.
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