Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Monday, New Recipe!

Vegetable Upside-Down Casserole
By Nava Atlas

Everyone likes fruity upside-down cakes; why not try the same approach with vegetables? This casserole, which is fun to make and even more fun to eat, has quickly become a family favorite. It’s a great way to use up small amounts of fresh or frozen vegetables; you can keep it simple or come up with more sophisticated combinations, as tastes dictate.

3 to 4 cups cut-up vegetables of your choice
2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
¼ cup wheat germ
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt
¾ cup low-fat milk, rice milk or soy milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup grated cheese or non-dairy cheese of your choice, optional

1. Saute the vegetables in olive oil until just tender. Set aside.

2. Preheat the over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil and shallow, round two-quart casserole or a 9”x13” baking pan.

3. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add the yogurt, milk and vegetable oil. Stir together until well mixed.

4. Pour the vegetables into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the cheese, if using, then pour the batter evenly over the vegetables, gently smoothing it out with a spatula.

5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is golden and firm. Let stand for about 10 minutes, then cut into wedges or squares to serve.

© Nava Atlas; excerpted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday's Recipe

Here's a healthy alternative to a kid's classic...just remember to try to use Organic ingredients whenever possible to give your family the best advantage!

Turkey Burgers
Prep: 5 min, Cook: 10 min.

* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 3 Tbs. lemon or lime juice
* 2 Tbs. parsley, chopped
* 1 lb. ground turkey, formed into 1 patty per serving
* 4 hamburger buns
* 1/2 cup ketchup
* 2 Tbs. mustard
* 1/2 cup sliced dill pickles
* 1/2 onion, sliced

Prepare grill or broiler. Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Season turkey patties with pepper to taste. Arrange patties on a broiler pan. Broil 4 minutes. Turn and drizzle with lemon mixture. Broil another 4 minutes or until cooked throughout. Drizzle with any remaining lemon mixture. Serve on buns with desired condiments.

Courtesy of: organic.org

Saturday, May 2, 2009

We want to hear from you !

I have been thinking a lot lately about the 5 years since I had my first child. I have always eaten a healthy diet but my real "organic" education started when I was pregnant. In the five years since I have, over time, incorporated more and more organic food into our families diet and now buy it
( almost) exclusively. If I can't buy organic then I try to get local produce, that hasn't been sprayed with crazy chemicals to ripen it on its 3,000 mile trip to get to my grocery store.
My next step was starting to purchase organic bedding and clothing for my family..... this is what sits against our skin every day. Our POURUS skin. It takes about 1/3 pound of chemicals to make a conventional t-shirt....yuck!! There are so many amazing organic and eco-friendly clothing and bedding designers out there right now that shopping for these items is a great experience. We get really excited here at eOrganicbaby.com when we find new, beautiful, safe products to share with you!
We would love to hear your stories/opinions on "going green", buying organic. Was it a long process? Did you jump in with both feet? Did it take the birth of a child, like me, to really motivate you? What do you consider most important to buy organic? Any tips for those just starting to buy organic products?
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Have a great weekend everyone!