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Give yourself a meatless day. If you are in the mood to prepare a very tasty but hearty dish this can be it! A vegetarian Meatloaf. This recipe is packed with healthy fillers, like Quinoa, zucchini, carrots and flax meal. This meatloaf can be made using a cupcake pan or a regular baking pan.
If using a cupcake pan, you can add mashed potato topping and make it look like frosting. Your kids will be more incline to eat them then.
Chinese Cauliflower fried no-rice must be one of my favorite dishes ever! Not only you are not eating empty calories with too much carbs with a traditional white rice but the cauliflower rice has a much better flavor.
This is one of my favorite soups to eat all year round. You would never know that this soup contains NO heavy cream or any kind of dairy.The red and green garnishes (Goji berries, chopped tomatoes and basil) makes it perfect for this holidays. Enjoy!
What a great way to have your kids eating salmon and quinoa, pronounced (“keen-wah”). If you haven't tried quinoa yet, here are a few reasons why you should incorporate it in most of our meals. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and loaded vitamins ans minerals. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein and comprised of all pernine essential amino acids. Quinoa also has a high protein to carbohydrate ratio when compared to other grain products. When preparing this dish you have 2 options, you can pan fry it or bake it. Both ways will be a hit for kids and adults! Enjoy!
This recipe is always a hit in our kids cooking classes. Our students not only learn the importance of sanitation when working whit raw meats but they have a blast threading them into the skewers. They're packed with flavor and satisfies even the pickiest eaters. We have served them with our homemade Naan Bread and Israeli Salad or by themselves as an appetizer. I can say that this recipe is definitely a keeper!
In honor of our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters, I have decided to share this simple but delicious recipe that can be served as a side dish with any baked or grilled fish recipe. It's a classic Ecuadorian side dish made with a tuber known as "Melloco", a potato variety similar to our fingerling potatoes that are known to contain high levels of protein, calcium, and carotene. You can use Fingerling Potatoes instead of the original "Melloco" since I'm pretty sure it must be difficult to find in South Florida. Chose this lean potato recipe instead of the regular french fries for less fat and don't forget to put your grain of rice (or Quinoa) in the aid of the people of Ecuador. Follow this CNN link and find out how you can help the people in Ecuador now!
Lo Mein, a traditional Chinese dish has become also an American favorite. You can find it in almost any Chinese restaurant in the US and often is offered with the addition of meats or seafood.
This is such an easy recipe to make at home (you can always exchange for local, seasonal vegetables) and can feed a family of four for only a few bucks! It is also a cool lunch box item (remember to get your reusable chopsticks at our shop in Miami Shores!) To make this at home: precook your noodles, saute your aromatics and veggies and for a final touch, brown the noodles and toss in the sauce. It doesn't get any easier than!
Why use our recipe? It is full of antioxidants and vitamins from the veggies and aromatics, lower in salt, has no sugar added, is vegetarian and gluten free! Portion it out in reusable containers for the whole family and refrigerate until lunch time - Then, warm up and enjoy!
The french dish Ratatouille is a variation of similar dishes from the mediterranean, you can have it as a main or side dish, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. At The Real Food Academy, we like this dish not only for its rich taste but also because is nutritous and fun to make! Kids and adults like building this casserole style dish either family style or in ramekins. In the instructions, you will find terms such as concasse and chiffonade, these are technical terms for peeled and seeded tomatoes and thinlly sliced herbs. Follow the notes in the recipe so you can concasse your fresh tomatoes to perfection and chiffonade your basil like a pro! Bon appetite!
Kale is here to stay. A "wild" member of the cabbage family, this rough green can be cooked or made into salads such as the classic Caesar Salad created by August Escoffier for his friend Caesar Ritz. Kale is high in fiber (which helps digestion), full of phytonutrients which help detoxify our bodies and has a wide array of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the whole family. Make sure you "massage" the dressing on to the Kale so it really absorbs the flavor of the dressing. Serve it with grilled Portobellos, tofu or add it to a wrap for a twist!
This recipe is been done in our cooking class as Turkey Burgers and Meatballs, always a hit! They are super tasty and super delicious!
You won't ever make any other recipe after this! Definitely a keeper.
Paella is considered one of Spain's national dishes, depending on the region it can be made with seafood, meats or a mix of both. At the Real Food Academy we like to prepare it with Black Rice or Sorghum, just precook the rice or sorghum in the broth (keeping about 1 cup for step # 5) and top with Kalamata Olives and Artichokes for a cool flavor profile!
This is one of those recipes that can be made in no time. We love the crustiness/nuttiness of this recipe and the fact that it goes so well with Salmon! Take advantage of the health benefits of this recipe; Omega 3's on the Salmon which are known to lower the bad cholesterol and the vast array of vitamins and minerals in the Pistachios make this another healthy, happy heart recipe!
Superbowl Sunday is one of those days in America where you know for sure there will be plenty of party foods in every home. Not necessarily this dishes will be the healthiest so we wanted to share our easy version of Fish Tacos which includes an Avocado Cole Slaw that can be served by itself, in wraps or sandwiches. The following recipe is high in mono-saturated fats, phytonutrients, antioxidants and fiber from the avocados, cabbages, radishes, lemon, garlic, and cilantro. So not only you and your family can have a fun and yummy snack, you all can also add the benefits of this real recipe so you can start the week energized! BTW! You can make this recipe with shrimp, sauteed veggies or chicken and place a bottle of Siracha nearby for any hot sauce lover!
Lentil Meatballs! This is one of our favorite recipes at The Real Food Academy. The first time we rolled it out on a Saturday Cooking Class, the kids where a little apprehensive due to the fact that they where mixing lentils and oats, one of them even said that it was weird to mix the "lentils from their grandmas soup and the oats from the morning breakfast" (LOL!) To their surprise(not mine), the meatballs where delicious and they in fact ate them all! I have used this recipe for meatless meatballs in subs, tacos(exchange the marinara for fresh taco salsa) and alone as part of the dishes in a cocktail party. By omitting the meat and serving this recipe with Raw Zucchini spaghetti your are serving a light and flavorful "pasta" dish that is rich in iron, Lycopene and beneficial enzymes.
At The Real Food Academy, we came up with this hearty version for the "cold" days ahead. You can always make your own Pasta or exchange the homemade pasta for sheets made out of Eggplant or Zucchini in order to make this recipe Gluten Free! Serve it with our Warm Kale Antipasto Salad and Caramelized sweet plantains for a flavorful twist.
Just made this recipe last night for our Adult Cooking class and it was a hit! The aroma of the Lobster pre-cooking in the oven was the omen of a good meal, the smell of the Brandy reducing into the shallots and the taste of the fortified stock had us smiling since the beginning. Like all good things, Risotto takes time and this recipe is well worth the waiting!
Read the notes underneath on how to fortify your stock and how to precook your Risotto so you can prepare it at least a day ahead(good idea for parties). Also, calculate about 1/2 cup of uncooked Arborio per person so you don't end up with too much left over.
When having leftover Risotto, you can always form the cold mix into patties and cook them on a skillet on low heat for 5 minutes(make sure you cook both sides of the patty). You can also place the mix in a cupcake baking pan(fill only 1/2 of each cupcake), top it with shaved Parmesan and cook at 350 F until golden brown!
BTW! If you are in the Miami area or are planning to visit and would like to try our Adult Cooking Classes check out the menus under the Adult Cooking Classes tab and book your class today!
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This Homemade Tortellini can be filled with a mixture of 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese and a tablespoon of Parmesan or try it out with our Mushroom Pate recipe! Use the Tortellini for soup or saute them in Pesto for a dish on it's own!
Sorghum also known as Wondergrain is an ancient and healthy Old World Grain that has been a principal source of energy for millions. It’s gluten free, cholesterol free, and is a good source of fiber and iron; it also has 5g of protein per serving! It is neutral in flavor and can be paired with your favorite foods and spices. The grain does not get soggy in soups and dishes. Pitimi, Jowar, Kaoliang and Milo are a few names for Sorghum around the world.
This rich vegetarian recipe can be served over pasta, zucchini noodles and even brown rice! At The Real Food Academy, we choose to serve it with Zucchini raw noodles, this way we get all the benefits of the enzymes in the raw summer squash. We have turned many children into vegetable lovers by working with this cool little gadget. Once they make their noodles or ribbons they just cant help but having lots of them! Remember, use organic vegetables for this and all your recipes. Enjoy! BTW- The Spiralizer is available at our shop. For those of you the have never seen it in action here is a short fun video ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agYDZr0GO3I
Satisfy your pasta craving with this simple and classic dish. Kids and adults love Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells served with saute vegetables or baked fish. You can always add Spinach, roasted peppers or eggplant to the stuffing mix for more of a Mediterranean flavor.
Light and refreshing Turkey Lettuce Wraps, an healthy Asian option for this spring. We spent the morning testing new recipes and WOW, this one is tasty, filling and easy to make. The health benefits of the bell peppers, ginger, garlic and turkey are pretty enticing as well. Make sure you don't over cook your veggies to keep the most nutrients in them. Come on foodies! Send us your pictures through Facebook when you, make this at home!
It’s really simple to make these wraps. I do recommend staying away from things that have a high liquid content (like tomatoes, salad dressing, etc) as they can soak through the Nori and get quite messy. My trick to get them to stay together beautifully is a very light smear of hummus along the edge, it binds it all together when you wrap it up.
The following Turkey Marinara Sauce recipe was developed by our Chef Madelene Alvarez. It's simple to make and the ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store. You will need a Spiralizer machine in order o make the Zucchini Spaghetti. If you don't have one, try using a peeler and make your own Parpadelle Zucchini Pasta!
I honestly can't remember when did we start this tradition in my family, but almost every month we have our Taco Tuesday night and we go all out with it! The following is my own recipe which is easy to make and will feed a family of four...... and a dog! Serve with diced Avocado, shredded Lettuce, diced Tomatoes, sliced Jalapenos Lime wedges, Queso Fresco and Sour Cream.
Spring is rushing through the door and its a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family! This Paella recipe along with our Mango Gazpacho goes well with Fish and other light options. Make sure you choose a large shallow skillet, big enough to accommodate the rice and the vegetables!
When we prepare this dish at The Real Food Academy, we use freshly made pasta dough. Dough can be prepare with whole wheat flour or gluten free. Kids love making the bow-tie pasta using their fingers as the main tool.
Low sodium, high in fiber and full of hearty vegetables, this recipe is ideal for a cold day. Its easy to make, in just 30 minutes enjoy this classical recipe our way! Remember; We don't change the dish, we change the ingredients! Enjoy!!!
This whole wheat turkey pepperoni Calzone will have your children eating their vegetables. Its easy to make and you can create your own combination of fillings or use vegetarian cheese instead. We choose Turkey instead of pork pepperoni since it has less saturated fat and calories while maintaining a classic flavor! Enjoy!!
Making your own pizza is easy and fun. This recipe yields for 4 medium size pizzas or 4 Calzones so every one can have their favorite ingredients on it! Go with your favorite style such as vegan, Hawaiian or come up with your own! *
This recipe cam be paired with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese. It can be prepare as a Vegan Burger. If cut into slices, these crispy rounds can be turned into fries when cut into strips.
I have enjoyed Crispy Mushroom Cups and a base for a Thanksgiving Vegan dish. Checkout my Thanksgiving recipe, Black Rice, Acorn Squash and Vegan Meat Stack.
Making fresh tortellini can be a great activity to do with kids. All you need is a hand pasta machine or a good and heavy rolling pin. Once you've rolled out your homemade dough, using round cookie cutters cut out the circles and fill them with the ricotta cheese. Your kids will love how easy this is and they'll be proud of their professional looking Tortellini.