Thursday, March 8, 2018

Shamrock Smoothie Shake

Let's shake it up with the Shamrock Smoothie Shake this St. Patrick's Day.  There are many health benefits to green smoothies. It increases energy, strengthens the immune system, and it is excellent sources of antioxidants. For individuals who struggle with their fruit and vegetable intake, it a great way to ensure your body is getting enough nutrients . It also a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year. 

Here is a great recipe for the Shamrock Smoothie Shake.


  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • ⅓ cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 8  ice cubes

  • Kiwi slices for garnish


Step 1: In a blender, combine  the banana, spinach, yogurt, milk, mint and ice. Blend until it has a smooth texture.

Step 2: Pour mixture into a glass. 

Step 3: (Optional)  Cut kiwi slices into shamrock shapes and thread onto a skewer. 

Winter Menu Cycle

The menu at the Harlem Children's Zone rotates weekly providing a variety of delicious and healthy options for students and adult.  We are currently on week one of the Winter Menu Cycle. Next week, we will continue with week 2. The menu for week two includes fan-favorites such as the Jerk Lime Chicken Taco.   

Click on the calendars below to see what is being served . We look forward to see you at either of our kitchens. 

March 5- March 9,2018

March 12- March 16,2018

March 19-  March 23,2018

March 26- March 30,2018 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This Week Highlight

This past Tuesday Iesha was able to experience the scholars excitement about the new  Apple- Cinnamon and Blueberry muffins. The Apple Cinnamon and Blueberry muffins were well received by many of our scholars. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Winter Weekly Menu

As we welcome back our students from Mid Winter Recess,  we will start with Week 4 of our Winter Menu Cycle.  Week 4 menu includes fan favorites such as General Tso Chicken and new additions such as  the Barbacoca beef.  Come by to either of our kitchens next week to try  out this new addition.

Click on the calendar  below to find out what is being served this week.

Week 4
February 26, 2018- March 2, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

Various Uses of Winter Squash

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 Squashes are a large group within the cucumber family and includes Winter Squash,  Summer Squash, and Pumpkins. Winter Squash comes in array of shapes, colors, and sizes.   Some varieties of  Winter Squash are  Acorn Squash, Banana Squash,  Buttercup Squash, Kabocha Squash, and Butternut Squash.  It is ready to harvest  60 to 110 days from sowing when rinds are full of color and firm.  It is general harvested in the months of July to November and are available in the markets until  March. Today,  we will provide variety of ways we can use Winter Squash. 

Acorn Squash

What does it look like: It is  typically small in size and weighs between 1 and 3 pounds. It usually is orange-yellow like on the inside and generally has a thick dark green and orange like skin. 

Flavor:  It has a mild subtly sweet and nutty flavor. 

How to use it:  It can be  baked, roasted, steamed, or sauteed.

Acorn Squash Recipes 
Penne with Acorn Squash and Pancetta

Sweet Roasted Acorn Squash

Butternut Squash

What does it look like:  It is generally pear shaped and has a smooth cream-colored texture. 

Flavor: It is known for being  the sweetest  variety of Winter Squash.

How to use it:  It is  can be roasted and steamed. It could be use as a base for a soup or mashed dish. 

Butternut Squash Recipes
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage

This week we will be serving  Potato and Butternut Squash Mash on Thursday. Come by to either kitchen and try out this new addition to the menu. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

It's Doro Wat

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  Doro Wat is a traditional Ethiopian dish.  You will find it in every Ethiopian restaurant and virtually anyone who is familiar with Ethiopian cuisine will have heard of it. The dish may include chicken, beef, and egg. It is traditionally made spicy.

The berbere spice mixture is what makes the Doro Wat spicy. Berbere in Amharic means "pepper."  Some historians believe this seasoning came around in 5 B.C (  The berbere spice mixture contains multiple spices that build a complex flavor profile. There are several variations of the berbere spice mixture.  It commonly includes whole spices such as Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Dried Red Chili Peppers, Fenugreek Seeds, and Black Pepper. 

Traditionally, Doro Wat is served with an Ethiopian Flatbread called injera. Injera has a spongy like texture and it is a bit sour.  Injera is used to scoop the meat and  the stew.  It is made with Tiff, a tiny, round grain that flourishes in the Highlands of Ethiopia. 

This week we will be serving Doro Wat. Come by to either kitchen and try out this delicious addition to the Menu.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Kick- Starting the New Year

As the New Year approaches, we all start to think about our new year’s resolution. Often time weight loss is at the top of the list. Here are three holistic ways to set healthy life styles changes,

1)      Drink lots of water. This suggestion seems so simple, but you would shocked by the number of individuals who hardly drink water. Water refuels our organs and ensures they are running efficiently.  It also promotes weight-loss giving the body the boost it needs during the weight lost journey.
2)       Make realistic meal changes.  You can first start with portion control. Many of us are visual learners and need to see it in order to understand it. Having a plate that clearly sections protein, fruit, vegetables and whole grains will take the guess work out of portioning each meal. Here is what an adult portion sizes should look like.

The Adult Portion Plate - Food

3)       Meal Preparation makes the working week less stressful and also forces you to be accountable to your healthy lifestyle. It also minimizes the possibility of  eating out.  Planning our meals according to seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other food items, ensures we will also save.  Here is a link to seasonal fruits and vegetables chart,  The seasonal chart does a great job of breaking down which vegetables, fruits, and seafood are available through-out the year.