We’re feeling lucky around here as March heats up. True, its still bitter cold out, but we’re warming up the kitchen with our twist on this traditional Irish staple by adding a sneaky super food: wheat germ! Wheat germ contains tons of minerals that help our body when it needs to repair itself and keep us healthy.
For the recipe to our “Irish Soda Bread” click here!
If these super cookies don’t get you with their tantalizing smell as they are baking in the the oven, then they’ll for sure hook you when you sink your teeth into their deliciously chewy and oh-so-chocolatey goodness. This week we put our super food zucchini to work for us to make these cookies be both healthy and gooey at the same time!
For the recipe to our “Chocolate Zucchini Cookies” click here!
This week we put a delicious spin on a tried-and-true-favorite: macaroni and cheese! We took all the things that are so tempting and tasty about this classic dish and we sent it to the moon by adding a savory super food: pumpkin! So yummy.
For the recipe to our “Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese” click here!
Kiwis, in case you didn’t know, are AMAZING! Packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange, the bright green flesh of the kiwifruit speckled with tiny black seeds are so yummy! This week are pairing these fuzzy little fruits with a delicious vanilla custard and a crispy little crust for a delicious little treat!
For the recipe to our “Kiwi Tartlets” click here!
We’re feeling a lot of L.O.V.E. for our super foods! In the spotlight this week are Black Beans. We tend to think about brightly colored fruits and vegetables as our best source of phytonutrients, but it turns out that black beans are a strong contender in healthy nutrients! The seed coat of the black bean (it’s skin!) is an outstanding source of good stuff for our bodies. All told, the black bean has over 11 mega healthy-helpers with crazy long names that ultimately help with the energy output for our bodies! And they’re so tiny! Black Beans, will you be my valentine?
For the recipe to our “Veggie Valentine” click here!
Our super food for this week was dark chocolate! Dark chocolate has a number of different health benefits: its good for your heart, your brain, helps control blood sugar, is high in vitamins and minerals and its also full of antioxidants. But dark chocolate’s super power that we were most excited about this week was how it can make our TEETH super strong! What?!!
Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene. Cool! And what better way to enjoy the deliciousness of dark chocolate than to make Muddy Buddy Mix!
For the recipe to our “Muddy Buddy Mix” click here!
Quick question…do you think quinoa is a vegetable, a grain or a seed? Ask any one of our SuperFoodies this week and they’ll tell you that ‘keen-wah’ is a veggie! Toss it up with some of its veggie cousins like peppers, onions, carrots, etc. and you’ll have a healthy and Super Happy salad!
For the recipe to our “Quinoa Salad” click here!
This week we made friends with germs! Well, sort of. There names were Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacteria bifidus and Lactococcus paracasei. Tongue-twister, anyone? These “good” bacteria are live active cultures that are similar to the ones that already exist in the human digestive tract, but they are found in Greek yogurt! They help maintain and restore the delicate balance of both “good” and “bad” bacteria necessary for a healthy digestive system. Not only are our new-found friends super helpful at keeping us healthy, they are yummy too! We made delicious yogurt and fruit parfaits this week and we’re feeling healthier already!
For the recipe to our “Greek Yogurt and Fruit Parfait” click here!
All week we have been flexing our muscles to see if this week’s super-food is working! We may not look quite like Popeye yet, but we for-sure loved getting to know spinach and found it to be surprisingly tasty! Each week we are focusing on a culinary super-power, as well as a specific super-food. This week was all about becoming Super Strong with fresh spinach!
Congrats to Charlie for being our January Chef of the Month! Charlie has been coming to Taste Buds Kitchen for weekly private cooking lessons since September. Charlie is one of Taste Buds Kitchen’s most advanced child chefs, creating delicious dishes like Handmade Pasta, Risotto, Chocolate Soufflé, Crab Cakes and Creme Brule! Whenever Charlie is in the kitchen for his private cooking lessons the whole kitchen smells wonderful. Thank goodness Charlie always shares his creations with the mouth watering office staff!
- Age: 11
- Neighborhood: Upper East Side
- First Culinary Creation: Scrambled Eggs
- Favorite Recipe: Cinnamon Buttons
- Favorite Kitchen Tool: Egg Separator
- Favorite Cooking Fact: There are lots of different kinds of salts!
- Wants to cook next: Popovers!
Thank you, Charlie, for bringing your amazing talent to Taste Buds Kitchen!