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Healthy Snacks for National Nutrition Month 2014

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Enjoy the taste of eating right.” It’s been really cold out – and when it’s cold, we definitely snack more than we usually do.  BUT snacking can be good if they’re eaten with purpose and thought.

We asked you – our patrons – to send us your favorite healthy snack recipes. Here they are below!

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BAKED APPLE CHIPS
Recipe by Kathryn Braisted for National Nutrition Month, March 2014

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 apples of your choice (though a firmer variety like Gala works better than McIntosh)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, or other spices
Directions:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice apples very thin, with either a sharp knife or mandolin. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon on one side. Bake for 45-55 minutes, flipping once after about 35 minutes. Finished chips should be crisp.

 

CILANTRO PEACH PASSION GREEN SMOOTHIE
Recipe submitted by Penny Glover

Cilantro is the hero of this green smoothie, thanks to it’s awesome cleansing powers. Peaches lend a lovely summer flavor that combines well with the coconut water to replenish and restore your body.

Ingredients:

  • 11/2 cups fresh kale
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro (coriander)
  • 2 cups peaches, frozen
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds

Directions:

1. Blend kale and coconut water together until smooth.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
3. You can either blend in chia seeds or sprinkle on top— whichever you prefer.

 

KALE CHIPS
Recipe by Becky Wilcher

Ingredients:

  • Handful of kale
  • 1 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.


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Central Farm Markets’ Super Bowl Party

When I hear Super Bowl, I think football, commercials, and FOOD.  We have all of your Super Bowl party needs covered at the market!

Super Bowl Party

Ready to take home

Chips & Dip: head over to Betty’s Chips & Salsa for a special Super Bowl pack: 2 bags of chips, red salsa, salsa verde & guacamole; normally a $25 value, you can get all this for only $20 in honor of the Super Bowl!  Two Acre Farm will have Garlic & Artichoke, Sweet Onion, Pico de Gallo, and Black Bean salsas.

Cheese: Put it on a cracker, eat it on its own or melt it on something…but you need great cheese to top your chili, tortilla chips, and burgers!   Stonyman Gourmet Farmer has many varieties of cheese for you to use in your recipes.

Chili: We think Heirloom Kitchen makes the BEST Vegetarian Black Bean Chili, which makes a great dip with corn chips!  We also like Springfield Farm’s  savory beef chili. 

Wings: Springfield Farm has fresh chicken wings – check out this Buffalo Chicken Dippers recipe!

Sausages: MeatCrafters has a variety of sausages including Smoked Kielbasa, which is great in chili, and Painted Hand Farm will have goat, pork and veal sausages for the big game.

Sauerkraut & Pickles: Pick up all natural krauts from Sweet Farm Sauerkraut as a great side.  Oh Pickles! will have their sour, half sour and full sour pickles for you to munch on while you’re watching the game.

popcorn kernels

Popcorn: Two Acre Farm will have all natural, gluten-free popcorn and popcorn kernels if you want to pop your own – choose from Ruby Red, Indigo Blue, Rainbow, or Jumbo Gold.  Add any seasoning of your choosing: Classic BBQ, Cajun, BBQ & Parm, Spiced Cinnamon, and more!

Desserts:   A Better Choice Bakery will have Purple Sangria Cupcakes! These vegan/gluten-free cupcakes are made with berries in a super moist celebratory purple color, and are topped with lemon frosting and fresh fruit.  Mini treats like Sweet Teensy’s mini cupcakes, and bite size chocolates from Chouquette will also make great endings for your meal.

Drinks: Start Super Bowl Sunday off with Toigo Orchards’ Birth of Pain Bloody Mary Mix.

Serving dishes:  Affinity Woodworks has gorgeous handmade wooden bowls in all different sizes that can hold chips, salads, popcorn and more.  They also have cheese boards and cutting boards – load ’em up with salamis and cheeses and get chopping!

Make it at home

chili

Need help planning your game-day menu?  Here are some healthy recipes to keep your energized during the big game.  If you’re planning on grilling or tailgating outside, Kiparoo Farms will have soft wool hats and scarves to keep you warm.

Turkey Cheeseburgers –   Pick up the ground turkey from Liberty Delight Farms, get delicious Upper Crust Bread  baguettes at the Farm Market Bakery stand, and top it with cheese from Stonyman Gourmet Farmer!  If you want to add an extra crunch, top with sprouts from Susie Sunshine Sprouts.

Chili – Walnut Hill Farm has a special on ground beef – buy 4 packs of Black Angus Ground Beef, get the 5th free! Perfect if you’re serving chili to a lot of hungry people.

Cheesesteak sliders get the beef from Walnut Hill Farm, Liberty Delight Farms, or Springfield Farm, the cheese from Stonyman Gourmet Farmer, and great Upper Crust Bakery baguettes from the Farm Market Bakery stand.  Feel free to make any variation of this recipe! 

Ravens Super Quick 5 Layer Dip

5 layer dip

1 can Refried Black Beans
1 8oz block Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
1 16oz container Sour Cream
1 16oz container Sweet Farm Sauerkraut  Curtido
1 8oz container of Betty’s Guacamole
Betty’s Chips & Salsa Tortilla Chips for dipping

Spread the can of refried black beans along the bottom of a 8×8 dish. Spread the guacamole on top of the beans. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the guacamole. Spread the sour cream on top of the cheese. Finally, spread the Curtido on top of the sour cream. Serve with Betty’s Tortilla Chips. Enjoy the game!

Suggestions:

1) If you want more spice, mix in some of your favorite hot sauce with the refried beans before spreading them into the serving dish.
2) For a delicious sixth layer, spread a pound of Liberty Delight Farms’ ground beef or pork cooked with taco seasoning between the beans and cheese layers.
3) Got a big crowd coming over? Double the recipe and serve in a 9×13 dish.

Stuffed Baby Potatoes great finger food! 

Fish & Chips get a great variety of white fishes from Vernon’s Seafood and sweet potatoes from our produce vendors to make the fries.

 What’s on your game-day menu?  Share with us!