Protein is an important part of everyone's diet! Protein is part of the building blocks in your body for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They also are one of three nutrients that provide calories (aka energy). Growing children need protein to keep growing and learning! Where do we find protein? The easiest place to… Continue reading Nutrition Tip of the Week: Pick a Plant Protein!
Captain Create is on an island in the South Pacific while we are all in Utah in the snow... She's gone to Okinawa, Japan today! While Okinawa is the smallest and least populated of the five islands of Japan1, it has a lot of cool stuff going for it, including being the birthplace of Karate,… Continue reading Around the World in 80 Plates: Okinawa, Japan
Guess what grows really well in Utah... That's right! Beets and Cherries both grow well here! Combining them into a smoothie might seem a little bit different, but that is what makes it fun! Look how easy, and how pretty this smoothie is! It is only 4 easy to find ingredients and a few minutes… Continue reading Eat in Season: Cherry & Beet Smoothie
Sometimes we need tasty food fast, and using a box mix is a great way to save time, but sometimes its fun to make something from scratch for special days. Stuffing (or dressing) is an easy-to-make-from-scratch holiday food! Yes, it is a couple more steps than making a boxed stuffing, but its still easy to… Continue reading Recipe of the Week: Stuffing NOT From a Box
As the weather cools off, the veggies we have available to us change with the seasons too. This yummy veggie dish combines two of fall’s most famous foods into one tasty dish: Apples and Brussels Sprouts! There are many different kinds of apples, and you can read more on apples and where they come from… Continue reading Recipe of the Week: Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon
Cooler weather outside means it is time for warmer meals inside! Potatoes are in season in the fall because they have been growing underground all summer and it's finally time to dig them up! Whether you dig them up with a shovel, or a specialized potato digger you pull with a big tractor, you're digging… Continue reading Tip of the Week: Top 5 Ways to Upgrade a Baked Potato!
Haiti is a small island country in the Caribbean, and has its own unique cuisine that has been influenced by the island's wide variety of people who moved to, or were forcibly brought, to the island over the course of the last 500 or so years. This island used to be called Hispaniola, and it… Continue reading Around the World in 80 Plates: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Welcome to Zimbabwe, in the southern part of the African continent! The capitol city, where Captain Create is visiting, is called Harare, and is home to many people, including professors, researchers, accountants, restaurant cooks, and bus drivers (just like we have here in Utah). These folks have to get up and attend school or work… Continue reading Around the World in 80 Plates: Harare, Zimbabwe
Creating a quick bread is a fun way to get the whole family involved in the kitchen. Quick breads are an easy and tasty way to combine the grains group with fruit or veggies (or both!). Quick breads are just like the name implies: quick to make! Unlike the yeast-risen breads we are used to… Continue reading Create Family Mealtime: Quick Bread
Captain Create is south of the equator this week in a tiny, but very cool country called Ecuador. Its located high in the Andes Mountains, near Peru and Colombia. The capital city of Quito is the second highest city in the world at 9350 feet (that's almost two miles up!). There have been people living… Continue reading Around the World in 80 Plates: Quito, Ecuador // Locro de Papa
While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, dessert is the most fun to make! This week, Captain Create has a fun activity to make getting dinner on the table something your whole family can help do, and it can make choosing what you're having after dinner a lot more fun! Everyone can… Continue reading Tip of the Week: Create a Dessert for Family Mealtime Month!
This week, Captain Create was gifted an eggplant from a neighbor's garden. What in the world do you do with an eggplant?! The Italians have lots of great ideas, because eggplants grow really well there. From grilled slices, to layers in lasagna, to crispy fritters, eggplant is part of Italian summer cuisine almost as much… Continue reading Recipe of the Week: Pasta alla Norma
Captain Create is in the far north again, this time tasting all sorts of Nordic foods in Finland! This Nordic country is famous for a few things, including the Northern Lights, herds of wild reindeer, and it has over 180,000 lakes1! You'll need to be tough to swim in the lakes here; The water is… Continue reading Around the World in 80 Plates: Helsinki, Finland// Karelian Pasty
July is National Grill Month! Its a great way to cook for quite a few reasons. Grilled food tastes great, grilling is an easy way to cook for a crowd, and many folks choose to cook outside to not overheat the house in summertime. Grilling uses direct heat to cook foods and requires a watchful… Continue reading Nutrition Tip of the Week: Great Grill Skills
Summer is a busy time for everyone, but especially for farmers and gardeners! So many things are growing, and there are more fruits and veggies ready to eat every day. The cooler weather veggies, and the fast-growing veggies are ready first like asparagus, broad beans, broccoli, spring cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, salad onions, peas, early potatoes,… Continue reading Nutrition Tip of the Week: Early Summer Vegetables in Season