Thursday, May 28, 2015

#52triespics | Week 21

Read my week 21 #52tries entry here.

Mushroom (taste like sausage) Lasagna

3 c finely chopped baby bella + cremini mushrooms
2 garlic cloves
-Finely chop/mince the mushrooms and garlic cloves or throw them into a food processor together. Saute on med-low heat until juices have released in olive oil, ghee or grassfed butter (7-10 minutes).

1 tsp whole fennel seeds
1tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1/2 sea salt (a good pinch)
1/4 black pepper (a couple good shakes)
a pinch of all spice
-Combine all seasonings with a mortar and pestle and grind it all up until the fennel is cracked open and fragrant.

2-3 T Worcestershire sauce (I seasoned it to taste)
1-2 T tomato paste (a nice big plop)
-Pour the sausage seasoning mix into the mushrooms along with the Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Cook for another 10 minutes and turn off heat. Layer into the lasagna (layering strategy: sauce, lasagna sheets, mushrooms, cheese, sauce... Repeat and top it all off with a layer of cheese and parmesan if it floats your boat (we love manchego cheese).

Find another easy "Bread in a Bag" recipe here (it's similar to Pilot Light Chef's food ed classroom lesson).

Find Food Revolution Day Squash it Sandwich here.

Mexican Slaw

A big bowl of mixed slaw (8-10 cups?)
Juice from 1 lemon + 1 orange
1/3 c Orange muscat champaign vinegar (Trader Joe's)
1/3 c extra virgin olive oil (the last of Rita and Angelo's gift!)
1 c chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloved minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

MUAH! And that's a Food Revolution Day 2015 wrap JACK!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

#52triespics | Week 20 #justmakeitfromscratch

Hop on over to my week 20 entry on here!

It's All Good - Gwyn Paltrow's Cauliflower and chickpea salad. It's my absolute favorite, made at least a million times found here.

Make it Ahead - Ina Garten - Summer filet of Beef with Bearnaise Mayonnaise. Find a similar recipe by Ina here.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

#52tries | Week 19 - Birthday Baby + FOOD REVOLUTION DAY IS TOMORROW!!!!

Read my 52tries diary post for this week here.

Food Revolution Day - Hit and Run Tray Baked Chicken (this recipe it inspired my gumption!)

To the mullies with 38!!!


It'll over so fast... Somebody hit pause:)

My kids can't stop singing Jamie Oliver's new "It's a Revolution" song... We love it so much. Listen to it here

Let's do something really good together!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Food Revolution Day Week KICK OFF with Chef Jared Batson!

HUGE thanks and love go out Chef Jared Batson of The Nomad Food Company for donating the proceeds from his "Smash it pizza" (inspired from our Food Revolution Day "Squash it Sandwich") to our Local Lake County Food Revolution and to Chicago's Pilot Light Chefs Organization. Together we are fighting for food this year along with the rest of the globe.

If you haven't been to the Green City Market It's open on Saturdays and Wednesdays in Lincoln Park,perfectly placed right next to the zoo. Hopefully, the line won't be too long to get your hands on one of Chef Jared's pies = hot commodity!


In the schools:
This Thursday, Chef Jared might be joining me at Mundelein's Fairhaven School to lead a Food Revolution Day's "Squash-it Salad" activity along with Pilot Light's homemade bread in a bag lesson (which I have lovingly dubbed "Shake and Bake" - the kids love it!). Two kindergarten classes will take home their bread in a bag to bake at home and EAT on Food Revolution Day Friday! Whether they choose to make "Squash it" sandwiches, a big salad OR simply enjoy the loaf all by itself, it's going to make for one smashing good food celebration! It makes the very best toast you know:)

On FOOD REVOLUTION DAY FRIDAY I'll be headed down to a Chicago Public School with Pilot Light Chefs and Ambassador Sarvin (Chicago) to squash up some more sandwiches with Jamie Oliver's online cooking lesson! Two third grade classrooms will be cooking it up with us on Food Revolution Day. Ambassador Christina (Lake County) and her co-workers will be leading the Food Revolution Day cooking lesson with the foods classes at Stevenson High School. In addition, Ambassador Colleen (Chicago) will be helping her son's 2nd grade classrooms cook up the "Squash it Sandwiches" and is also hosting a workshop at a client site this week!

Find out how you can celebrate with your school HERE. I'm so excited that 100s of students spanning Kindergarten through High School will be participating with us this year to celebrate our global day of action. Getting food education into our schools has never been more important.

In the community:
Saturday, Christina and I will be at Liberty Prairie Crossing Farm's FREE Annual Plant sale and Farm Open house! Come visit our booth and be inspired by the Lake County Food Revolution, fill up your gardens with organic plants and seedlings, visit with local CSA farmers and go on tours of the beautiful farm! Learning and connecting with our Lake County farmers to #eatlocal has never been easier!!

On the "line":
Add your voice to the Food Revolution Day chatter: I'm asking YOU - What's your #foodtruth? Why do you support Food Education? Share your thoughts on twitter, instagram or facebook with the hashtag #foodrevolutionday. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

I know YOU have signed Jamie Oliver's petition on but have you SHARED it yet? Join your social media force to ours - I just know we can smash that 1 million mark together!