Last week, I participated in a fundraiser for our local soup kitchen. My role was to plan and cook a meal for 35 people. The catch here is that the recipes needed to simulate meals that the soup kitchen could then take and use to serve to their guests – over a hundred people, 365 days of the year. This is all part of the Soup Kitchen’s initiative to incorporate healthier choices for their guests.
When they asked me to be a resource, I was incredibly excited to help out. Here’s why.
Not only do I love the challenge of figuring out meal ideas based on donations and food inventory, something I do in my own kitchen day in and day out, but also as you know, I am also passionate about the role of diet in our health and happiness.
At the Soup Kitchen, 85% of their guests have some form of chronic disease. Research has clearly shown the benefits of diet in alleviating chronic disease.
Another thing I loved about this opportunity was the integration component – meaning, the idea that we are all connected and all entitled to earth’s bountiful nourishment.
So here’s few notes from this meal:
Incorporating some simple additions like fresh garlic or rosemary totally transforms the flavor of a plain sweet potato.
Tossing green beans with some extra virgin olive oil or Body Bio Balance oil makes a huge difference in flavor and nutrient value.
Timing is important – cooking the beans to the consistency you or your family likes helps a ton too. For example I like my green beans crunchy but Kelly likes hers softer.
Boneless chicken thighs offer a nourishing and delicious alternative to chicken breasts. But the recipe can also be made with boneless breasts.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
Peel potatoes. Cut into 1 inch chunks and toss with coconut oil, garlic cloves and fresh rosemary.
Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
See recipe here.
Steamed Green Beans
Place trimmed green beans in a pot of boiling water. Cook for 5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Drain and toss with extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.