Can you think of something more refreshing than a melon salad in a hot summer day? The sweetness, citrus and saltiness from this combination makes this dish very satisfying. I choose Bulgarian Feta over Greek because of the law content of sodium. But again its a matter of choice.
What the heck are Shishito Peppers? These small, mild Japanese peppers are great for roasting, pan-frying and grilling. Their thin walls blister and char easily when roasted or grilled, taking on rich flavor that is delicious with coarse salt and lemon juice (my mouth is already watering). At The Real Food Academy, we love this simple way of broiling Shishito Peppers and usually plate them with a mild Tahini Sauce
. Don't forget to serve them right out of the oven, and offer your friends a cold one to sip while munching on them!
This mix of greens and superfoods can become part of a wrap a side or a meal on its own. You can top it with baked pieces of tofu, fish or chicken breast. Make it for dinner, take it to the office or a picnic and you will be replenishing your body with REAL foods that will give you nutrients and energy. Note: We like to keep the tomatoes, cucumber and feta on the side until the time of service so our greens stay crunchy.
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
, 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!
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
, 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!
The dynamic duo! Cauliflower and Artichokes are known for their health benefits. They contain minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants that aid the cardiovascular system, immune system, detoxify the body and prevent early oxidation in cells that can speed up cancer. Skip the Parmesan and Goat Cheese to keep it on the vegan side and add some Turmeric and Nutritional Cheese for added flavor!
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.
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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Let food be thy medicine...
Antioxidants in general, prevent the accelerated oxidation process in your cells which can cause the onset of Cancer. This soup is a lighter version of your regular Tomato Soup and is packed with the strong antioxidant Lycopene!
Lycopene has been found to aid in the prevention of certain Cancers and also maintains the health of the cardiovascular system. You can find it in red pigmented fruits and vegetables and when cooking your tomatoes, the absorption of Lycopene in the body is even higher.
You can make this soup thicker or thinner depending on your taste. When using fresh tortellini, make sure that they are not over cooked. Prepare your soup base first and then add the tortellini. You kids will lick their fingers with this delicious soup all year round and will be adding a strong antioxidant to their bodies which will aid their immune system!
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