Category Archives: Food Bank Recipes

Best Recipe Search Engine?: Sunshine Carrots

by donR  05 11 2015

The recipe for Sunshine Carrots was  found in the Greater Boston Food Bank data base

The recipe for Sunshine Carrots was found in the Greater Boston Food Bank data base

Click ‘N Cook, the Greater Boston Food Bank recipe data base, may not be the best* but I find myself using it more and more.  Simply put a check mark by a few ingredients hiding in your pantry and they will recommend simple, tasty recipes using those ingredients. Plus, the recipes tend to favor the use of whole foods like the recipe for Sunshine Carrots.  Continue reading

$10 Meal Challenge #5: Which is best, slow-cooker, wok, oven, grill or pot?

Yo can use ground sausage or Polish sausage links in this lentil stew.

You can use ground sausage or Polish sausage links in this lentil stew.

Before moving on to other topics this month, I’d like to share some ideas about the best appliance to cook budget-friendly meals. The best answer would be “it depends.” The Asian community would certainly prefer a wok because it is so versatile. Others would choose a frying pan over gas heat or casserole dish in an oven.  My preference would be to use the slow cooker, which is not commonly used in many parts of the world. So why would I want to use it? I like soup and  casseroles and these can be cooked easily in a slow cooker. I can set it and forget it. But there’s more to it than that. Continue reading

Connecting With Families: Our Local Food Bank

Lady cleaning utensils

Virginia Moimoi helped design our first classes at the Ferndale Food bank.

We started cooking with families of the Ferndale Food Bank a year ago and it has led to “The Meal of the Month” program. This is a great way to connect with families about food and meal planning. And it is even more important that clients have an opportunity to share their ideas which makes cooking a “shared experience.”

A tip of the funding hat goes out to the Community Food Coop  for making this program possible.

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Ferndale Food Bank Meal of the Month; Popeye Crock Pot Soup

Use a slow cooker to make simple soooups.

Use a slow cooker to make simple soups.

Crock Pots®, or slow cookers, offer a simple way to prepare soup.

  • You can toss ingredients into the cooker, set it and go to work.
  • Slow cooking brings out the flavor of many herbs and spices.
  • Tough meats can be tenderized when slow cooked.

 we are presenting the following recipe for Popeye Soup to clients at the Ferndale Food Bank. It’s fun to make and so easy to prepare. Afterwards, participants take ingredients home to make it for their families.

Popeye's Crock Pot Soup
Serves 4
A hearty soup simply made in a slow cooker.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 or 3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  2. 2 c chicken broth
  3. 1 1/2 c celery
  4. 1 can(s) lima beans
  5. 1 can(s) cannelloni beans
  6. 1 lb pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out
  7. 1 onion, chopped
  8. 1/2 c white rice, uncooked (brown or wild rice for a healthier dish)
  9. 1 pinch dill, salt and pepper
  10. 2 clove garlic, diced
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot and cook on high for 6 hours.
  2. Add spinach the last hour of cooking time.
  3. Serve with a thick crusty bread as a meal
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Ferndale Food Bank August Meal of the Month: Stir-Fried Veggies

Stir-fried vegetables can be the main ingredient for dinner. Simply  add cooked condiments like seafood, meat, cheese poultry and fruit  for a complete meal.

Stir-fried vegetables can be the main ingredient for dinner. Simply add cooked condiments like seafood, meat, cheese poultry and fruit for a complete meal.

The Ferndale Friendship Community Garden donates over 1000 pounds of produce each year to the Ferndale food bank. August is a good time to take advantage of those nutritious vegetables so we are using them in our August meal of the month.

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Cheesey Tuna Melts; The Cheese Makes A Difference.

Experiment with different cheese varieties. Each has a different taste, texture and hardness,

Experiment with different cheese varieties. Each has a different taste, texture and hardness,

Which cheese do you use when making tuna melts for the Ferndale Food Bank Meal of the Month?  What if you prefer a chicken or veggie melt?  Would you use a different cheese?  There are hundreds to choose from so here’s a simple review of some varieties and how they are best used. Continue reading