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!
Sweet healthy and delicious combination of lemon, vinegar and beets with a touch of maple syrup! Your kids will love this one!
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!
Perfect for Valentine's Day Dinner! This grilled romaine lettuce tossed with roasted beets, berries, pistachios and homemade dressing is easy to make, can be prepared ahead of time and is full of antioxidants and healthy fats. If you don't have a grill, you can always broil the lettuce(only for 1 or 2 minutes). Turn this salad into an entree by serving it with shrimp or grilled fish!
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.
Our Mushroom Pate is such a versatile recipe! You can snack on it, spread it on toast or a veggie burger, fill mushroom caps and top them with Parmesan(broil them until the cheese is golden and crispy) or mix it with 1/2 cup of Goat Cheese for a richer spread. Drizzling it with some fancy Truffle oil before serving it will definitely wow your guests too so don't miss the opportunity if you have it available!
Empanadas are the Latin version of a turnover. They cab be filled with just about anything you like. The traditional Picadillo Empanada is made with beef, but here the Real Food Academy "We Don't Change The Dish We Change The Ingredients" therefor we use lean turkey meat.
Kids and adults love this salad! You can use it as a side dish or add it to a wrap.
This vegetable Lasagna will keep you coming for more. The different combination of veggies, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese and Bechamel sauce makes it a perfect dish!
The dish that can be a breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack! Serve as a side dish with Salad or Gazpacho. As always you can play with the recipe by adding your favorite vegetables and herbs!