Monday, February 4, 2019

Chinese New Year

Family is the basis of the Chinese society,  this is seen through the significance placed on the New Year’s Eve dinner or reunion dinner. This feast is extremely important to the Chinese. All family members must come back. Even if they truly can’t, the rest of the family will leave their spot empty and place a spare set of utensils for them. 
F00d is one of the things that the Chinese take the most pride in. And of course, lot of care and thought is put into the menu for the most important holiday of the year. As with Chinese New Year activities and decorations, the dishes are created to give blessings for the next year. Both the names and looks are symbols of wishes for prosperity, happiness and fortune.   Each region may have a different customs but there are some common dishes seen on every table. Such as springs rolls, dumplings,  and noodles.  
 
Check out this easy Chinese Chicken Dumpling:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tbl rice vinegar 
1 tbl chives, chopped
1 tbl sesame seeds
1 tbl chile-garlic sauce
1 pound chicken 
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
50 dumpling wrappers
1 cup canola oil for frying
1 quart water, or more as needed
 
Directions:
  1. Combine 1/2 cup soy sauce, rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon chives, sesame seeds, and chile sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix chicken, garlic, egg, 2 tablespoons chives, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Place a dumpling wrapper on a lightly floured work surface and spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the middle. Wet the edge with a little water and crimp together forming small pleats to seal the dumpling. Repeat with remaining dumpling wrappers and filling.
  3. Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place 8 to 10 dumplings in the pan and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Pour in 1 cup of water, cover and cook until the dumplings are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Repeat for remaining dumplings. Serve with soy sauce mixture for dipping.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

10 top foods that will become a trend in 2019

What’s new with food ….
Without a question food is a huge staple in our lives. Food brings us all together – around the table and around the world. Research shows that one of the biggest search engines for recipes and food ideas in 2018 is Pinterest, with more than 23 billon recipes and dining ideas to uncover. Pinterest has anything from breakfast to late night snacks recipes.
Recently, Pinterest released an article discussing 10 top foods that will become a trend in 2019. Are you ready for some new trends?
Here are my top five out of the list.

Grazing tables – These family- style tables are a feast for the eyes. They are an open invitation for everyone to dig in. It has become the perfect table for any special occasion, family gathering and holidays. What would you put on your grazing table?

Bread Making - searches for baking bread have increased by 413 percent since last year. Especially for fermented loaves like sour sourdough. Have you baked bread yet?

Oat milk – The world is going crazy over oat milk. Oat milk consist of steel cut oats that have been soaked. blended and strained with cheese cloth or a special nut bag. It’s become one of the best substitutes for lactose free and nondairy eaters and even be used in recipes as a milk alternative.

Chayote- (pronounced cho-cho)- You can never get bored with this versatile gourd. It can be eaten raw. It’s so versatile your options are limitless. Not only that is complements all kinds of cuisines.


Foil pack dinners- Nothing screams meal prep like these one pan dinners. These meals are perfect for the busy person, that just doesn’t have the time. Less mess, affordable, not much effort needed.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Winter 2018 Menu Cycle

Please find the attached Winter Menu Cycle for 2018/2019. Enjoy!




Winter Menu Cycle 2018



This past week we launched our new four week winter cycle.  Students and staff across HCZ and Promise were able to try out new menu items such as Lamb Ragu and even Rabo de Toro which is a spanish style oxtail stew.   With such great reviews we are excited about entering into week two.  Week one was just the beginning! 

Next week we plan to take everyone palate on a journey of new flavors. 
 
This week we want to highlight Monday's menu.  We are starting the week off with Cumin Beef Fried Rice inspired by middle eastern flavors made with egg fried rice, cumin, ginger and beef. 
 
Great on it’s own or even with a side of hummus!

The combination of ingredients give a creamy texture with with hints of cumin and just the right amount of saltiness. It’s such a simple dish that’s PACKED with flavors that you will absolutely love. 

The fried rice is being paired with Shepard's Salad. This salad is said to be the most popular and traditional in the Middle East. The combination of lemon, vinegar and the spices (sumac and red pepper flakes) results in an extremely appetizing salad.

 Take a look at our four week menu cycle. Lets us know if there are any recipes you would like us to share... 

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Yes it's that time of year to discuss one of the most anticipated dinner of the year, Thanksgiving Dinner.  
As you start to plan your meal we wanted to share with you the differences of: 
Brine Vs. Marinade Vs. Rub

With holidays around the corner, how do you usually season your meat? Here’s a quick guide to help you with you decision…

Brine
What it is: A salt-based solution that adds juiciness to proteins with a tendency to dry out on the grill. Depending on the ingredients, brines can also impart subtle flavors.

Works best with: Poultry, pork, hearty fish like catfish or salmon

The ultimate basic brine:
1. Boil 2 quarts of water.
2. Add 1 cup of kosher salt and 1 cup of dark brown sugar and dissolve. Add the rest of the water and let cool to room temperature.
3. Add your protein, making sure it is completely covered by the solution, and refrigerate. A smaller piece of meat will brine in 30 minutes; a whole turkey can soak for 12 to 24 hours. Your protein is brined when its looks plump and full. But be careful: Over-brining can cause your meat to be too salty.

Marinade
What it is: A mixture of an acid (vinegar, citrus, white wine) and a base (oil, full-fat yogurt, honey) that adds intense flavors. Marinate if you’re looking for strong flavors.

Works best with: Beef, lamb, pork, poultry, shellfish, vegetables

Marinate meat for a minimum of 30 minutes to a maximum of overnight for best results. Over-marinated meat will soften become mushy because the acid will break down the fibers of the food.

Rub
What it is: A dry mixture of salt, pepper, dried herbs, and spices that you use to flavor the food before cooking. Use rubs to add flavor and texture—the seasoning helps to form a crispy crust.

Works best with: Beef, lamb, pork, poultry, shellfish

The ultimate basic marinade:
Take a quarter cup of whole black peppercorns and toast them in a skillet until aromatic, about 3 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Grind the peppercorns and combine with a half cup of kosher salt. Season your meat with the rub 15 to 20 minutes before cooking.

 


Friday, October 26, 2018

Health Halloween




Happy Fall
Fall is in full throttle and the celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are around the corner.  These celebrations tend to throw us off track with our healthy eating. 
We are here to help!!
Check out some of these tips and tricks for enjoying your favorite fall celebrations:
1.      Always accompany young children when trick -or- treating.
2.      If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Do not allow your child to eat any home-baked goods he or she may have received.
3.      Examine treats for choking hazards or items that have been tampered with before consumption.
4.      Give your children a full meal before trick – or – treating to prevent them from wanting to snack on candy.
5.      Consider giving out non-food treat items for children who visit your home.

What to Do with Excess Candy
Here are some ideas for enjoying the evening’s haul responsibly and getting rid of leftover candy:
1.      Let each child keep enough candy to have one or two pieces a day for one or two weeks (long enough for the excitement to pass away). Throw away, donate or re-purpose the rest.
  1. When your child asks for a piece of candy, pair it with a healthy snack.
  2. “Buy back” candy from your child with money or tokens they can trade in for a fun activity: a day at the zoo, an afternoon playing at the park, going ice skating, or a day at the pool.
  3. Use it in an arts and crafts project or to decorate a holiday gingerbread house.
  4. Donate excess candy to a homeless shelter, children’s hospital, or care package program for troops overseas. A familiar sweet treat from home can be comforting at the holidays.
Have no fear – you got this! Let’s make Halloween fun, spooky, and a little healthier, too.

Friday, July 20, 2018


Summer is the perfect time to change up your diet…
Now that we finally feel summer we are spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately, that means we are more at risk for health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
What’s the solution?
"Eat local, in-season fruits and Veggeis.
During the summer the nutrients in fruits and Veggies are at their peak. They will help your body look and feel its best during this time of year.  
Check out our list of Five Must Eat Summer Foods:  
      Watermelon (August-October) – aka the hydration hero. The is the perfect fruit for the heat. Watermelon’s high-water content will keep you cool and hydrated.  The high-water content will also keep you feeling full, which will help curb cravings
https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifTomatoes (July – September) - Eating tomatoes gives you a little extra skin protection.  Tomatoes act like a natural sunblock for your skin. They are not only a safeguard your skin cells but assist in keep your skin hydrating your skin and increasing elasticity.
      Cucumber (July-October) - The best part about cucumbers is that they are 95% water and a great addition to the summer diet as it helps one stay hydrated. However, summer is not the only time to eat cucumbers as they can be eaten throughout the year.
      Eggplant (July-October) - For vegetarians especially, this fruit (technically it is!) is sturdy and satisfying. low in calories and high in fiber, potassium, vitamins C and B6, iron, magnesium, and the antioxidant anthocyanins that give the skin its purple color. 
      Zucchini (July to September) - one of the lowest calorie vegetables out there, in addition to being high in fiber, vitamins A and C, folate, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.