Monday, August 22, 2011

Health for Life Cooking in September

September, Labor Day, starting another school year all reminds me of end of summer family get-to-gathers in the park or at my grandparents which always included good food. And many times it included burgers, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and peach cobbler. So this month we are celebrating the end of summer.... as if there is something to celebrate when summer comes to an end. Oh yes, I remember, cooler days and more hiking and getting outdoors. Yes!! Just what I need!

"Better then a Big Mac" Burger
I have wanted to create a veggie patty that looks like a "regular" burger and had the mouth feel and taste of one. Well, this one may look the part but without all the fat, it's hard to have that greasy mouth feel. Besides that, do we really want it? As for taste.....well, I'm not so sure I want it to taste like a "real" hamburger either. So this is a burger that just tastes gosh darn good!! Way better than a Big Mac! This patty is lentil and oat based and seasoned just right. It will be served with all the trimmings on sprouted sesame seed bread.

Colorful Kohlrabi Cole Slaw

Kohlrabi is a new vegetable (new to me that is) that has adorned my refrigerator lately, and I thought it would be fun to include it in the menu this month. I have been buying it local and have found it to be a nice addition to coleslaw. It's a cruciferous vegetable and reminds me of cabbage but has a bit of a turnip taste. Mixed in with some green and purple cabbage, shredded carrot, just a little bit on onion and dressed with a light creamy dressing, this salad is a nice addition to any meal.

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
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A simple salad of just what is says. Corn, vine ripe tomatoes, and diced avocado with a little red onion and a zesty lemon and lime dressing.

Raw Peach Crumble

My grandma made the best peach cobbler ever!! I remember her taking it out of the oven and setting it out on the back patio to cool. I couldn't wait to dig in! Needless to say, peach cobbler is one of my favorite desserts. However, in my study of nutrition, I have come to firmly believe that fruit is best eaten raw. So I wanted to come up with a raw version of this most delicious dessert. And this is it! Fresh, in season peaches, dates to sweeten just a bit, and a oat, nut crumble on top. I set this out in the sun for an hour or so and it's warm and juicy! Almost as good as grandmas! This is one of those desserts that is so healthy, you can eat it for breakfast!

And there you have it! Health for Life cooking in September. Class dates are Tuesday September 6 and Wednesday September 14. Additonal class may be added on request.

*Burger and cobbler will be demonstrated at my Bosch Kitchen Center class on Thursday September 8th. See "At The Bosch" page for details.

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