Archive for the 'Healthy Recipes' Category

October 15, 2015

Community Kitchen Recipe: Easy Peasy Pumpkin Soup

Author: Melissa Kear

Pumpkins in the Second Harvest Food BankJudging by all the pumpkin spiced latte, pumpkin spiced cookies and treats, and all the many other pumpkin spiced inspired items being advertised everywhere you turn, I think it is safe to say it is officially fall.

Though we may not have all our leaves turning orange and red, or gotten quite to sweater and scarf weather, pumpkins are in season, and our Nutrition Educator, Chef Terah Barrios, has just the healthy, inexpensive recipe to celebrate.


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May 13, 2015

It’s Cucumber Season!

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Florida cucumbersAs temperatures rise, there’s no better time to enjoy Florida cucumbers!

Cucumbers come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. There are the traditional green-colored cucumbers, as well as white and yellow ones. They may be short, slightly oval or even round in shape. The skin on the cucumber can be smooth and thin or thick and rough.

Cucumbers are known for being very low in calories – a whole cucumber is only 45 calories,an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of vitamin C and potassium.

In the United States, Florida is the number one producer of cucumbers. The two main types grown are slicers, produced for fresh consumption, and picklers, produced for processing into pickles. Read More …

March 9, 2015

5 Ways to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

5 Ways to bite into a healthy lifestyleDid you know that March 11th is  Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists Day? Don’t forget to wish them a “Happy RDN Day!”

March kicks off National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Here are 5 ways you can do just that. Read More …

September 23, 2014

Foodie Bloggers Come Together to Help Feed Hope with New Cookbook

Author: Melissa Kear

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours cookbookWorking with local bloggers is nothing new to us at Second Harvest. We have been lucky enough to have a wonderful relationship with a lot of talented bloggers located right here in Central Florida: to help promote our special events, participate in campaigns, and even volunteer here at the food bank. This year, a group of bloggers, both local and across the country, did something a little extra special for the food bank, they created an entire cookbook around healthy, slow cooker recipes, and dedicated sales back to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

The “Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchen to Yours” cookbook is full of slow cooker dinner recipes from over 30 bloggers in the United States. It includes recipes for delicious meals like Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Tacos, Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli, Spiced Lentil Stew, and even a recipe straight out of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Darden Foundation Community Kitchen by our very own Chef Instructor, Jill Holland, for Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork. There is sure to be something great for all your tastes. Read More …

August 27, 2014

MyPlate Cook-off

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Culinary Training Class 5 MyPlate cookoffIf you visited the food bank last week, you may have caught a whiff of savory Brussels sprouts, sizzling bacon or rich Gouda cheese melting in our Agency Lobby.

This week we challenged our culinary students to a MyPlate cook-off to demonstrate to our feeding partners how to create quick and easy meals with ingredients found in our warehouse.

During the 14-week culinary program, students learn about culinary arts as well as nutrition. In the cook-off we encouraged students to combine their knowledge of both.

Students were tasked with creating tasty, quick, and easy recipes, in addition to completing a nutrition analysis. Students received points for using ingredients only found in the warehouse; cooking with whole grains; incorporating fruits and vegetables; and limiting added sugar, sodium and saturated fat. Read More …

March 11, 2014

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Little boy with peppersMarch is National Nutrition Month®. This year’s theme is Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right. The foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat the most. Create healthy meals by combining taste and nutrition.

Every Wednesday we do just that with our Bites, Camera, Action! program. Universal Orlando chefs perform cooking demonstrations for middle-schoolers at four Orange County schools. In addition to a cooking demonstration, students participate in a nutrition education game, and receive a bag of food to take home to their families.

Last week, children were able to watch Chef Ed Colleran and Mayor Buddy Dyer make Turkey Veggie Mac & Cheese. Yum!

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