1 russet potato 1/2 cup of pumpkin 1.5 cup of AP four 1 Egg Rosemary or lavender stem (pumpkin stem garnish) 1 Toothpick Sauce: Butter
⁃ Start by bring water into a boil in a pot. Add russet potato for 35 mins till SOFT.
– In a separate bow mashed the cooked potatoes ⁃ In a large bowl mix together the 1/2 cup pumpkin, 1.5 AP cup flour, boiled potato and egg ⁃ once all mixed, knead with your hands for 5-7 minutes. ⁃ It should be tacky but not sticky and bounce back when you press into it slightly. ⁃ On a surface, start forming your dough into pumpkins by rolling it into a small balls (add flour if still sticky), then using a toothpick, make indents around the ball as you would normally see on a pumpkin. ⁃ Once you’ve rolled and formed all your pumpkins, add them all to a pot of boiling water. Stir to make sure they don’t stick. Once they’re all floating (about 5-7 minutes) take them off the boiling pot ⁃ Once they’ve finished cooking you can add some butter to a frying pan and fry the bottoms of the gnocchi for an extra crispy texture.
Pour olive oil into bowl (a couple of tablespoons is enough) and add seasoning packet
Mix the veggies and oil with hand
Put the veggies on a sheet pan
Place in oven for 45 minutes
Set a timer for 25 minutes to flip the veggies half way through
Use a fork to poke veggies to check if it’s fully cooked through once out of the oven
Food Strategy Thought: Roasted veggies are yummy straight out the oven. They can also be chilled and stored in the refrigerator and added to salads, pasta, or rice dishes later in the week. You can cook a whole pan of veggies and chill them to save time later and avoid the question: what do I do with half of a onion, yam, etc.
Bean & Cheese burritos are the recipe of the week. Savory, cheesy, and packed with protein – it’s a great budget stretching dinner to add to your meal rotation.
Visit Isabel Orozco-Moore’s blog Isabel Eats to read her way to make a burrito (including a nice picture guide for folding.) Her blog is great! Bringing authentic Mexican recipes with gorgeous photographs, her work is to share well tested versions that are easy for even beginning home cooks. https://www.isabeleats.com/bean-and-cheese-burritos#wprm-recipe-container-24805. Besides her website she is on youtube and instagram.
In the bag today you have the basic building blocks for a simple burrito: tortillas, cheese, beans, and taco sauce. You can add ingredients at home to make Isabel’s version or try your own.
Tip: Store extra refried beans, cheese, and tortillas in the refrigerator after opening.
Food & Meal Planning Thought of the week:
When I was living in the dorm my sophomore year, I had a meal plan that covered some but not all of my meals. Bean burritos were a go-to meal for me. They can be made easily in the microwave or on the stove top. One can of refried beans can make 4 small or 3 medium burritos. They were a piece of my food strategy.
What were my food needs? I knew my time was valuable to me – I had a full course load, 2 campus jobs, traveled on the debate team, I was dating, joined a faith community, and had fun just being with my friends on campus studying or at that time sitting in lounges watching music videos on tv.
I thought about how food fit into my priorities. I wanted to ‘eat healthy’ and not work too hard at it. I wanted foods ready in a couple of minutes that were fast to eat. To feel satisfied I wanted to eat protein and fiber rich foods. Variety was less important to me in my dorm so there I arrived at my strategy. To feel satisfied I wanted to eat protein and fiber rich foods.
I would regularly buy a jar of peanut butter, a loaf of bread, a small jar of raspberry jelly, tortillas, a can of refried beans, and the smallest pack of cheese at the grocery store. I’d visit Taco Bell occasionally and stock up on extra packets of hot sauce to keep in my dorm so I didn’t have to spend extra money. Peanut butter and Jelly alternating with bean & cheese burritos wasn’t always a lot of variety but it met my needs for food strategy. I could change it up when I decided to.
-Emily, Food Security Programs Manager at the the BNC
Some fruit are picked at the peak of ripeness and will taste best when eaten soon after picking like strawberries and cherries. Other fruits like pears, avocados, kiwi, bananas, and tomatoes can be picked when fully grown but firm and will ripen later.
Ripe pears and avocados should not be mushy but the surface should be able to indent if pressed.
How to ripen fruit faster: Place avocados and pears in a paper lunch bag, fold the top over and leave at room temperature on the counter. Gas will concentrate in the bag to ripen the fruit. Tip: adding an apple to the bag can help it go faster. Check the bag daily to see when fruit is ready.