The bag includes the staples of rice and beans, common in many food cultures, crema, as well as an assortment of vegetables and spices. It also includes a half-dozen button mushrooms. It has been a very wet April here in Western Oregon and we hope this meal offers a reminder that great things can come from a lot of rain.
We have planned this Beaver Bag to be nutritious, culturally flexible and adaptive, local, and convenient– you can even make it in a microwave! Did you know that rice and beans together make a complete protein? While rice is low in lysine yet high in methionine, beans are the opposite, containing plenty of methionine while low in lysine. The human body needs these amino acids, but while the knowledge of amino acids is fairly new, the perfect combination of rice and beans is not. Many different cultures have combined rice and beans as a staple in their cuisine. The pairing is called a “casamiento” (or perfect marriage) in Central America. Mediterranean cuisine combines garbanzo beans and basmati rice. In Cajun cuisine, rice and beans is traditionally eaten on Mondays because the dish could cook all day while other chores are being done, and it can be seasoned with leftover meat or bones from the Sunday dinner. And anyone who has eaten at a Mexican restaurant knows that many dishes there are served with rice and beans! We’ve included mushrooms as a nod to Oregon’s rain, but you can add so many things to rice and beans for a tasty dish. It can be eaten hot or cold, fresh or as leftovers.
4-6 button mushrooms (mushrooms vary in size) today’s mushrooms are from Yamhill County Oregon
Step 1: Drain and mix cans of beans, corn, and package of rice in a pan. Sauté in a pan over medium heat. Add spices to the mixture and continue to warm.
Step 2: Chop mushrooms, onion. These can be added cold, or if you prefer, saute the onions, then add to the above mixture. Use this same pan to warm the mushrooms for a few minutes and add to the mixture.
Step 3: Chop peppers and slice avocado and 1/2 of cilantro and toss together in a bowl.
Step 4: Crema: mix sour cream or yogurt with juice of 1 lime and 1/2 of cilantro.
To serve: Place rice, beans and corn mixture in a bowl. Top with mushrooms and onions, sliced jalapeno, avocado, cilantro, and a dollop of crema.
Springtime is a great time to eat mushrooms in Oregon! We hope you enjoy.
(Note, if you don’t have a stove, the rice, beans, and corn mixture can be heated in the microwave, with the mushrooms and onions added in raw).
This week at the HSRC we emphasized belonging, the comfort that comes from being in community with one another, and the relaxation that comes from being in a space you know.
In this bag, you’ll find basic and delicious foods that can be eaten alone or contribute to a larger charcuterie board with your friends. A charcuterie board is an assortment of easy finger foods displayed together on a flat surface. Typically, these foods are shared in a gathering with one another. We’ve included some ideas as photos below!
So take a break and celebrate friendship over shared food at a picnic. Get fancy with it! Dress up, add a few other ingredients for a pop of color to the board, and enjoy your created edible art. Or get into something comfy and romanticize your life for a moment and have a snack in bed with the sun shining through your window.
However you choose to celebrate the feeling of belonging this week with the beaver bag, know that what you bring to the table is valuable, it is enough, and it matters. Even just a few simple ingredients on their own can be wonderful, but when we contribute to a larger piece, we are all even better.
Enjoy the grapes, crackers, and gouda cheese on their own, or as charcuterie board among friends. Engage in leisure, feel safe and whole in belonging, and gather to celebrate the little things together.
Dice up the gouda cheese or shape it into something fun!
Lay out the grapes out as decorative food or eat them on their own.
Eat the crackers one by one, lay them out as part of the larger board, or stack the cheese and a grape as a little sandwich!
Keep it these three ingredients if you like, or add even more cheese, crackers, fruits, deli meat, and veggies!
The best way to make a charcuterie board is to use a cutting board, a large baking sheet, a serving tray, or any kind of flat surface!
Irish Soda Bread is a traditional bread recipe from Ireland. There are many variations of this delicious recipe from sweet to savory. With a golden brown crust, dense yet crumbly texture and lightly sweetened with raisins, this recipe is sure to be a delightful treat. No kneading or yeast is required, so it can be made on the fly. This recipe can be made with and without raisins, so feel free to omit them from the recipe. Traditional Irish soda breads call for buttermilk, but we’ll show you how to make a buttermilk substitute that can be used whenever it’s called for in a recipe.
3 cups all purpose flour
⅔ cup sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tbs butter, melted
1 ¾ cup milk
1 ½ – 2 cups raisins
1. Gather your ingredients, a medium sized bowl, measuring cups and measuring spoons
2. Preheat oven to 350°F
3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl.
4. Mix raisins into dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Raisins are more likely to be evenly distributed in bread mix if added before wet ingredient
5. To prepare sour milk mixture
Pour 1 ¾ cup milk into a measuring cup
Cut lemon in half and squeeze 1/2 of the lemon into the milk
Stir the lemon into the milk and let sit for a minute (Note: Its normal for milk to begin to curdle)
6. Melt butter in microwave safe dish for about 20-30 seconds. Make sure not to over cook otherwise it will splatter.
7. Combine sour milk mixture, melted butter, and eggs to dry mixture.
8. Butter each pan to prevent dough from sticking. Pour ½ batter into each bread pan
9. Bake for 1 hour (60 mins) until the top is golden brown. Test with toothpick or butter knife to see if the center is cooked thoroughly.
Can use buttermilk instead of sour milk mixture if desired
Can omit raisins, or substitute with cranberries or dried cherries
You can skip the egg if you don’t have any, but the texture will be more crumbly. This will also make the dough more dense and will require kneading
You can cut back on the sugar for a more savory flavor
Original Recipe was provided by Tina Hanby, The Food Security Assistant at the Human Services Resource Center.
Gỏi Cuốn, or salad rolls, is a dish that is often served as part of an appetizer with many Vietnamese meals. With how simple they are, there are many ways to adjust the recipe to your liking. They’re a great option for any vegetarians, vegans, or meat-eaters alike!
For me, I’ve always enjoyed my gỏi cuốn with shrimp inside and a side of my uncle’s peanut sauce that we all love. This dish is always one I’ve associated with my family and a sense of home. Since being in college, I don’t always have the time to go home for long periods of time to visit my family. I am a BIG family girl and tend to plan out time to see my parents, brother, my grandparents, and my aunt and uncle whenever I do make it home. Pham family gatherings almost always take place at my maternal grandparents’ house, and it truly is the place I call my home. Since my visits can range anywhere from a few days to a few hours, something simple my grandparents prepare for us to eat is gỏi cuốn! To be honest, in the 22 years I’ve lived, I’ve never quite gotten the hang of how to actually fold the salad rolls. My first attempts always end up with one of the ends being a bite of just folded rice paper. That’s okay though. I know that I can just ask my grandpa to fold it for me and, before I know it, I have three or more in front of me ready to eat.
I hope everyone enjoys making this dish and fills it with whatever is right for them! Thanks for reading <3
-Maija Linh Pham, AYA Women of Color Leadership Liaison
The recipe today’s healthy beaver bag is based on is located here : https://rasamalaysia.com/goi-cuon/ This link also includes a sauce recipe to try out if you have the ingredients or can shop for them. Below is the recipe summarized and formatted to match the ingredients in the bag.
Instructions for ingredients as packaged:
Prepare ingredients: Wash lettuce and trim ends, wash mint and cilantro to remove dirt and any discolored leaves, wash (peel if you’d like) and chop carrots into match sticks or thin pieces.
Cook the noodles (either rice vermicelli or mung bean thread noodles). Boil water, add noodles, cook for just a few minutes till noodles are softened and cooked through. Rinse with cold water, and drain well. Set aside.
To assemble rolls, set up a work station with ingredients ready on hand, a clean work surface such as a cutting board, and a large plate with water.
For each roll: Soak the rice paper for about 30 seconds on the plate of water, may need a few seconds longer. The paper should be flexible when removed from the water but not stretchy or floppy (that might mean it was soaked a little too long).
Place the rice paper on the work surface, arrange ingredients, fold up the roll.
Greek Tzatziki is a crisp and tangy dip made from plain yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, dill, olive oil and lemon juice. Tzatziki is typically eaten cold with a side of warm pita bread, but can also be served as a dressing for a Greek salad. Creamy and refreshing, this dip is simple to make which gives you more time to go about your day!
Notes: You can substitute Greek plain yogurt for plain yogurt if desired. To prevent your dip from being watered down, soak up extra water from the cucumber with a paper towel before adding to mixture.
Total Time: 10 mins Servings: 4 to 6
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1 garlic clove, diced
1 tbs lemon juice
1/2 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tbs dill
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium mixing bowl
Gather ingredients, cutting board and mixing bowl.
Chop cucumber (peeling optional), and garlic.
Add yogurt, chopped cucumber and garlic to medium sized mixing bowl.
Add lemon juice and dill juice to yogurt, cucumber and garlic. Mix ingredients together.
Add olive oil to mixture and stir together.
Put Tzatziki into a serving bowl and enjoy with a side of warm pita bread for fresh vegetables!
Recipe will stay fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge. Olive oil can give a yellowish appearance.
Tzatziki can be used as a dressing for salads, a sauce for chicken and rice bowls or as a delicious dip for fresh vegetables.
The main flavors of this soup are onion, potato, turmeric, and cilantro. It is easy to customize to your taste and is made many different ways in homes across Iran. This version, featured recently in the New York Times cooking section, adds lentils. Other variations include adding heat in the form of fresh peppers or more pepper flakes, adding tomatoes, poaching eggs in the liquid instead of dropping in ribbons of egg, or serving with rice or flatbread.
Notes: For the healthy beaver bag recipe kit:
Aleppo pepper is about twice as spicy as Jalapeño. Start with with a pinch of Aleppo pepper and increase to your taste.
Turmeric, fenugreek, and lentils and olive oil are measured to the amount you need for the recipe.
Salt and pepper are not included among the ingredientsin the bag since these are commonitems to have around
1large yellow onion or sweet onion (you have a sweet onion in your recipe kit)
1large yellow potato
1 pinch Salt (to taste, start with a pinch)
1teaspoon ground turmeric
1pinch Aleppo pepper, plus more to taste (It is hot, add more if you love heat, you can skip if you don’t like heat!)
½teaspoon black pepper
1tablespoon tomato paste
¾cup green or brown lentils
6 cups water
1 tsp, up to 1 TBS salt (preferred salt level varies between people)
cilantro, small handful
2teaspoons dried fenugreek leaves
Original Recipe Here: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1022871-eshkeneh-yeh-adas-lentil-egg-drop-soup
Read through your recipe twice before beginning.
Peel and chop onion into small pieces, discarding the papery shell and root end.
Wash potato. Cut off any discolored spots, roots, dirt that won’t come off. Cut the potato into small bite sized pieces.
Look at the dry spices: Turmeric is golden yellow, aleppo pepper is red crushed flakes, fenugreek leaves are dried and greenish
Sort Lentils. Anytime you use lentils you should do this. Dump them on a plate and look to see if there are any small stones or sticks. Throw them away.
Find salt and pepper in your kitchen.
Wash cilantro. Remove any discolored leaves/stems. Chop.
Open tomato paste can and measure 1 TBS. (extra tomato paste should be stored in the refrigerator for use later.
Heat oil in a large pot/pan. Add chopped onion. Cook over medium heat to soften the onion for. It will become golden, it should not turn dark. Cook for 10 minutes stirring sometimes.
Add chopped potato and pinch of salt. Cook 3 minutes.
Add turmeric, pinch Aleppo pepper, black pepper – combine and heat for 30 seconds till the scent of the spices comes out.
Add tomato paste and mix in to coat. Cook for about 1 minute making sure not to let it burn.
Add lentils, stir in to combine. cook 1 minute.
Add 6 cups water and 1 tsp salt. Stir. (Original recipe called for 1 TBS salt, if you like more salt use 1 TBS, if you want to start with 1 tsp and adjust salt at the end you can do that too.) Bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat to a low. Cook for 25 minutes till lentils and potatoes are soft.
Add chopped cilantro and dried fenugreek. Stir. Cook 5 minutes.
test salt level and heat level add more salt/aleppo pepper slowly to get it how you like it.
Prep Eggs: Crack 3 eggs into a bowl. Stir till uniform golden color with a chopstick or fork.
Reduce heat of soup to lowish simmer. Slowly pour a ribbon of egg into the soup moving around the pot. Don’t pour all the egg in one place at once. The egg ribbons will set to firm in the hot soup and float. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Then serve. This soup is yummy with bread.
Leftovers should be refrigerated and taste good for up to 3 days.
Alternate suggestion: poach eggs in the soup instead of ribbons. Also very yummy.
Overnight oats are an easy breakfast and a great on the go meal. They are good for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, making them a great tool when meal preping before the next busy week begins.
The reusable jar and lid that comes with the bag are meant to be washed and reused over and over as a tool in your kitchen. It can be used for storing leftovers, making a yogurt parfait, or pickling things (check out our Pickled Carrots and Daikon beaver bag). You can reheat leftover food in the jar in the microwave, however, do not microwave metal or plastic lid.
*Contents in the bag are more than the 1 serving size recipe below. Please measure out ingredients.
⅓ cup old fashioned oats
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon/ 1 of the peanut butter to go cups
½ cup almond/oat milk for thick consistency
OR ⅔ cup almond/oat milk for light consistency
½ cup frozen fruits
Half diced banana (add more if you wish)
1 packet of honey
In provided jar add the oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, and peanut butter
2. Pour in a splash of milk to wet the mixture.
3. Mix with a spoon so peanut butter is mixed with the oats.
4. Pour in rest of milk and stir to combine
5. After everything is mixed set frozen fruits on top of the mixture
6. Put lid on and set in fridge overnight
7. The next morning open up the jar and add honey and banana
8. It’s now ready to be enjoyed. Oats can be eaten chilled, or heated in the microwave.
You can make a few jars or bowls or cups of overnight oats at once. Eat within 4 days of assembling the oats.
Interested in trying other combinations? This site has a lot of creative ideas: