Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable’
It’s officially Spring in Texas!
With the new season comes some serious spring bounty. To celebrate, we’re hosting another Homegrown Revival dinner on Tuesday, May 21.
For those of you who haven’t heard about The Homegrown Revival, get ready to be inspired. This incredible local non-profit brings education and local food to the table. By hosting dinners, making videos and sharing recipes they’re educating consumers on how to prepare and consume fresh and nutritious food within their communities.
We can’t think of a better partner to share in our love of food. Come join us for our spring dinner where Chef Sonya Cote will be sourcing produce from our Urban Patchwork garden and other nearby farms. Watch as she turns food into art and dishes up a fresh, healthy and local dinner for every lucky guest. To make the dinner even more exciting, the one and only Tink Pinkard will join us with some “big fish” stories contributing whatever protein he happened to procure that week.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it does. We’re teaming up with the Homegrown Revival to offer up the opportunity to win two tickets to this meal. During the month of April, stop by in.gredients to pick up your in.gredients loyalty card. Every time you spend $15 or more at in.gredients, you get a stamp. At the end of the month, turn in your loyalty card and whoever has collected the most stamps will win two tickets to the spring Homegrown Revival dinner at in.gredients (that’s a $130 value!)
Let’s celebrate the return of spring and gather around local food. Tickets for the dinner are $65, and can be purchased here. Please know that this dinner will be filmed as part of a cooking show, so feel free to come dressed… well, exactly how you are because that’s why we love you.
It’s time to get back to some sort of normalcy. As people leave our city after a week of SX, we can find our way back into some sort of routine. Here’s a simple Meatless Monday side dish that would go nicely with a veggie burger or large green salad. Just imagine a healthier version of french fries. We also like this recipe because it’s another dish you can prepare in no time at all.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Meatless Monday, it’s a campaign that was used during World War I and II to reduce the consumption of food staples. A recent initiative was reintroduced by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future and has been endorsed by 30 schools of public health.
By cutting out meat just once a week, you can reduce your risk of chronic, preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. You’ll also reduce the size of your carbon footprint. The meat industry generates nearly 1/5 of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change, the meat industry pollutes more than transportation!
Go ahead and consider going meatless, your health and the planet will thank you for it. Happy eating!
Crispy Roasted Potato Wedges with Parsley, Rosemary and Lemon
From: Sur La Table
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 pounds (7 or 8 small) unpeeled Yukon gold or white potatoes
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- grated zest from 1 lemon (1 Tbsp lightly packed), plus the juice
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Finely chop the garlic and put it in a large bowl. Add the oil, parsley, and rosemary. Cut the potatoes into 3/4 to 1-inch-wide wedges. Add the potatoes to the bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Toss with your hands to evenly coat the potatoes with the oil mixture.
Spread the potatoes on a large rimmed baking sheet, scraping the bowl of any extra oil and herbs, and arrange the potatoes with a flat side down. Roast until the bottom is golden, about 25 minutes, and then turn them with a spatula. Continue roasting until golden and crisp outside and tender inside, about 15 more minutes. Gently sprinkle with the lemon zest. Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl, making sure to scrape up all the herbs and zest. Add several squeezes of the juice over the top. Toss gently to distribute. Serve hot.
Today is so lovely.
It’s the perfect day for a simple recipe that can be enjoyed in the sunshine. There’s something about strawberry shortcake that makes us crave summer. And while the calendar says it’s March, we’re already pulling out the shorts, lemonade and sunscreen in central Texas.
Ending your day in the sun with some BBQ and strawberry shortcake may be the perfect way to kick off this busy, music-filled weekend. We’re lucky to live in Texas where you can find fresh, local strawberries during what is still technically, “winter” (the March equinox is March 20th, in case you were wondering.)
Not only are strawberries some of the most popular fruits, they’re also good for you! One cup of strawberries contains 136% of the RDA of vitamin C and 13% of the RDA of dietary fiber.
Here are some fun strawberry facts that you can add to your growing food facts list. The average strawberry has 200 seeds, they’re a member of the rose family and are the only fruit with seeds on the outside. What a delicious and fascinating little fruit.
This recipe is basic and can be made in a pinch. It’s perfect for your simple SX recipe bank. Enjoy the sunshine and the weekend! Happy eating!
Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
From: Food Network
- 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
- 5 Tbsp sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- Whipped cream, recipe follows
Mix strawberries with 3 Tbsp sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 Tbsp sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Place the mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.
Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally. Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and t hen the shortcake top. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve.
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
We’re sticking with a recipe that only has six ingredients, keeping our word on providing simple recipes during this SX craziness. We just got in some bok choy, which is a vegetable that can sometimes be forgotten or skipped over.
We chose this recipe because we liked that it’s a stir fry where bok choy is the main (and only) star. Now let’s get into why we love this vegetable so much. One cup of bok choy provides 70 percent of your daily value of vitamin C and 140% of vitamin A. Surprisingly, bok choy is a good source of calcium, which we all know is good for our bones, teeth, heart and muscles.
Bok choy has been cultivated for thousands of years in China and is most commonly used in soups, stews, salads and stir-frys. This vegetable is a member of the cabbage family, and when picking produce choose the fresh bok choy with dark green leaves, a white bottom and no signs or wilting or mold. After buying it, keep it in your veggie drawer of your fridge, and wash it only when you’re ready to cook with it.
Stir Fried Bok Choy with Ginger and Garlic
From: Food Network
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 8 cups chopped fresh bok choy
- 2 Tbsp tamari
- Salt and ground black pepper
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add bok choy and tamari and cook for 3-5 minutes, until greens are wilted and stalks are crisp-tender. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.
Happy Real Food Friday! We’ve decided to celebrate with grapefruit.
We’ve got a plethora of grapefruit in Texas, and we’re not complaining. Brightly colored with a heavenly scent, we consider grapefruit a work of art. We love that we can get our citrus from G&S Groves, a farm in South Texas that grows certified organic citrus.
Not only beautiful, grapefruits are also packed full of nutritious vitamins and minerals. These fruits are rich in vitamin C and low in cholesterol. Studies have shown that they contain a high number of fat-burning enzymes which can aid in weight loss. On top of all of that, they’re high in vitamin A, which means that they have antioxidants that combat skin damage. Grapefruit helps maintain moisture levels in the skin, protecting it from dryness, psoriasis, acne and wrinkles.
Way to go, grapefruit.
We think these beauties are perfect on their own, and it’s Friday, which means we want to give you an easy, stress free recipe. We loved the idea of this simple dessert, as it only requires five ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to make.
Who doesn’t love a simple, beautiful and healthy dessert to kick off the weekend?
From: Huffington Post
- 3 large grapefruits
- 6 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp butter, cut into tiny pieces
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Position oven rack about 5 inches from broiler, preheat broiler.
Slice the stem end and opposite end off of each grapefruit. Stand the grapefruit, one cut-end down, on a work surface. Cut the find and pith off with a sharp knife, making sure to remove all the white pith. Cut each fruit into 4 rounds, about ½ inch thick.
Place the slices in a large baking pan in a single layer. Top each with 1 ½ tsp brown sugar, dot with butter and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Broil the grapefruit until bubbling and starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle pan juice over each serving.
It’s pretty obvious that we love vegetables. Romanesco cauliflower makes us swoon, and fresh local produce arriving at the store is like christmas and a birthday party, rolled into one. Spring is just around the corner, which in Austin means a plethora of new produce. Until those spring crops start rolling in, we have kale, carrots, beets, cauliflower and broccoli to rely on.
This recipe combines the deliciousness of broccoli with the brightness of fresh squeezed orange juice. This dish calls for crushed tomatoes, which may have you reaching for the canned variety. Did you know that homemade crushed tomatoes are easy to make? That way you can stick with your locally grown tomatoes, and reduce your waste by not having that extra can to recycle.
All you have to do is cut the tomato in half, take a grater, and using the bigger, rougher side, place the tomato face down and grate. All you will have left is the skin, and you’ll have a nice big bowl of crushed tomatoes. You have now successfully crushed your own tomatoes, job well done. This recipe calls for 14 ounces of crushed tomatoes, which means you’ll need slightly less than 2 cups of fresh tomatoes.
This salad is a great light lunch option and would also make a nice side to any dinner you’ve got planned. Happy eating!
Braised Broccoli with Orange and Parmesan
From: 101 Cookbooks
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 14 oz crushed tomatoes (2 cups fresh tomatoes)
- 1 head of broccoli, florets and stalks trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/4 tsp chopped fresh oregano
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shavings
- 2 Tbsp toasted sliced almonds
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat combine the orange juice and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and stir in the broccoli. Stir in the oregano and red pepper flakes, then cook until the broccoli is just tender and bright green, a couple of minutes. Do your best to avoid overcooking the broccoli. Season with salt and pepper, and transfer to a serving dish. Drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle with cheese and almonds before serving.
On Saturday we watched the speakers of TEDx Manhattan challenge us to change the way we eat. With topics ranging from adopting a vegan diet to purposefully growing weeds for food, these leaders in the food community all agreed that something needs to change.
With obesity, hunger and food waste running rampant in the United States, it’s apparent that something is broken in our food system. While there are serious issues to address there is a subsequent rise of activists and policy makers working to create change. All you have to do is take a look around Austin. In our beloved city we have numerous organizations, individuals and businesses addressing the hurdles facing health and food security in our town.
While this topic could be discussed and analyzed for days, we’ll leave you with the ten “rules” that TEDxManhattan provided on how we can change the way we eat. Here’s to growing, learning and loving our food.
1. Educate yourself – Unfortunately, there is no all-encompassing guide that answers all sustainable food questions, so you need to learn what you can about the food industry and decide for yourself who deserves your support. The following books are a great place to start: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Hope’s Edge by Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé, Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel. For more recommendations, check out Grist’s Favorite Food Books of 2010:www.grist.org/article/2010-12-20-favorite-food-books-of-2010.
2. Shop sustainable – Where do you get your food? If you answered farmer’s market, CSA or food co-op, you are already concerned with sustainability. Wherever you shop, choose local, organic and/or sustainable items over their industrial, non-local counterparts. When buying meat and dairy, look for free-range, pasture-raised, and antibiotic free. Seek out items with less packaging or skip the packaging altogether by buying bulk items with your own bags. To find sustainable farms, restaurants and markets near you, visit Eat Well Guide or Local Harvest.
3. Ask questions – One of the greatest benefits of buying your food straight from the farmer is talking directly with the person who grew the food. We ask our farmers all sorts of questions, from ‘what’s the most delicious way to cook this lamb chop’ to ‘what’s integrated pest management’ and ‘do you use any synthetic fertilizers’? If your local grocery doesn’t carry local or organic foods, ask the manager about it! You’d be surprised at the buying power you plus a few friends possess. Check out Huffington Post’s Seven Great Questions to Ask Your Farmer or visit Sustainable Table’s Question Guide.
4. Eat Less Meat – Eating lots of meat is not only bad for you, it’s bad for the environment. Eating less meat can reduce your chances of developing chronic conditions like some types of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Meat, especially from industrial feedlots, is hugely energy intensive, requiring thousands of gallons of water and approximately 40 fossil-fuel calories for every edible calorie. When you do want to eat meat, make sure you support farms that raise and slaughter their animals in a humane and sustainable way. For recipes and resources for going meatless, visit Meatless Monday.
5. Eat seasonal – No matter the season, our supermarkets are filled with a vast array of produce from all around the world. But just because you can find a stalk of asparagus in January doesn’t mean you should eat it! Eating seasonally means buying produce that’s grown locally and eating it right away. Local food has a lesser environmental impact, is fresher, and is produced by your community. That means eating seasonally is healthier for you, your community and the environment! To find a Farmer’s Market near you, visitLocal Harvest. To find a CSA in NYC, visit Just Food’s CSA finder. You can also find Farmer’s Markets and CSAs at the Eat Well Guide.
6. Grow your own – There’s no better way to know your farmer than to be your farmer! Growing your own food guarantees the most healthful, freshest, and satisfying produce you can get your hands on. From a few herbs or sprouts in your kitchen window, to a full veggie patch at your local community garden, growing your own food is the coolest way to go green. For NYC dwellers, find a garden through Green Thumb. If you have high hopes and a tiny apartment, check out Windowfarms!
7. Cook – Eating out poses many challenges to the sustainable eater. How and where does the restaurant get its ingredients? How much food do they throw away? What’s their water consumption? The only guaranteed way to know your food is prepared sustainable is to see the meal start to finish; from buying (or growing?!) the ingredients, through the peeling, chopping, roasting, sautéing, and plating, clear to the last delicious bite. For culinary inspiration, visit Chef Michel Nischan’s recipe page.
8. Drink Local – Approximately 33% of the 2.4 million tons of PET plastic discarded every year is from water bottles—that means 800,000 tons of plastic water bottles will sit in a landfill for thousands of years before decomposing. Bottled water is no safer than tap water; in fact most bottled water is tap water! Trash the bottle and drink your local tap instead. To uncover more facts, watch the story of bottled water at Food & Water Watch. If you need a water refill, visit TapItwater.com to locate a spout, or download their app!
9. Get Involved – Change happens because dedicated people like you support it. Decide on the issues that matter most to you and start or join the campaigns that protect them. Visit non-profits that are fighting for good, clean food like the Environmental Working Group and Slow Food USA to get started.
10. Enjoy! Eating can and should be the simplest joy we all have. Sharing a meal brings people together in a way that little else does. Knowing that the food you eat is grown with care for the environment, farmers, animals, and your own health will only add to your joyful food experience. For tips on creating a loving food environment, check out Laurie David’s new book “The Family Dinner.”
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What is it?
A monthly variety of sustainably-raised meats from local farmers, including Bastrop Cattle Company, Windy Hill Farm, Dewberry Hill Farm, and Richardson Farms!
How it works
The inaugural BCC Meat Club begins in September 2012 and runs through February 2013. The cost of each membership is $1000 for six monthly orders of all your local meat needs.
Initial payment: $400 due on Friday 31 August 2012 to reserve your membership and ensure BCC is able to process the appropriate amount of meat.
Monthly selection: Each member will receive a monthly “Meat List” by the 5th of each month, highlighting which products the BCC Meat Club will be offering members that month.
Submitting your order: Each member will have until the 10th of each month to submit their monthly order.
Monthly meat pickup: BCC Meat Club will send you an email notification when your order’s ready for pickup. This will occur during the third or fourth week of each month, and specify when you can pick your order up.
Order payment: Payment is due when you receive your monthly order at BCC’s pickup location.
Pickup location: in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin TX 78722 (map here).
Why you should join
- All animals are raised in local pastures by family farmers and ranchers.
- All animals are hormone-free and antibiotic-free.
- All animals are humanely treated.
- Texavore: $1200 for 6 months
- Localvore: $500 for 4 months
Ways to reduce packaging waste: reduce, reuse, recycle, or…eat it? Created by Dr. David Edwards, WikiCells – a type of edible packaging – is “designed to imitate how fruit and vegetables are ‘packaged’ in nature with a protective outer layer or skin you can eat” (Daily Mail). The cells are made from algae and calcium, can be flavored to complement the food, and can be used to package liquids and solids. Hesitant to eat it? Just compost it. It’s biodegradable like an orange peel!
If you’re in Austin, you can find edible packaging at CoolHaus, a delicious ice cream sandwich trailer usually found at East 6th and Waller. CoolHaus hands customers edible wrappers to hold their sandwiches with that you can eat when your sandwich is gone (zero waste)!
(image: Cool Hunting)
With temperatures ranging from 90-100+ degrees in ATX, it’s hard to keep anything cool outside. That’s where the zeer pot, an electricity-free refrigerator, can come in handy! Wikihow provides a 10-step DIY guide to get you on your way to sustainable refrigeration, even in the summer heat.
(image: Practical Action)