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Chilled Cucumber Soup

Cold cucumber soup is a perfect way to start a meal. Also, contrary to what you would think given the name “butter” milk, buttermilk doesn’t have butter in it. It is a cultured milk product, so look for the lower fat versions.


Green Beans & Asparagus with Red Pepper and Garlic

Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman
As local asparagus comes to an end, feel free to increase the amount of green beans to to three quarter pounds or substitute a cup of julienne carrots. Toss in a few sliced fresh mushrooms at the end for a meaty note.


Heirloom Turkey Stuffed Exotic Peppers

Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman
A Fit taster says using low fat ground turkey works just as well and is less expensive.


Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman
Have your guests assemble their own — it’s fun! Although it takes a little trial and error to roll them tightly, they still taste good even if you haven’t reached rolling perfection. Send us a picture of your best and your worst.


Tossed Hearts of Romaine with Peppers and Honey-Lemon Dressing

Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman
The easiest way to roast a pepper is to place a whole pepper under the broiler until the skin blisters and chars on one side, then rotate it around until the entire pepper is blackened.


Chocolate Mousse Pie

Recipe Lisa Montgomery, author of Raw Inspiration, Living Dynamically With Raw Food. Try this raw chocolate mousse, using avocado, coconut and cacao.


Stir-Fried Lettuce with Garlic Chili

From Stir-Frying To The Sky’s Edge, by Grace Young
In China, lettuce is a popular vegetable to eat in the summer months, enjoyed for its yin, or cooling, attributes. Stir-fried lettuce is an auspicious dish to serve for Chinese New Year, birthdays, and graduations.


Creole Coleslaw

Recipe By Urban Nutrition Initiative
Vegan mayonnaise is made without eggs, but if you can’t find it substitute low-fat mayonnaise.


Baked Artichoke Frittata

Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman
Eggs are a great way to go meatless — they are inexpensive and high in protein.



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Vital Signs Ep. 1 – Part 4

September 19th, 2011

Noelle Dames looks to extending the Greensgrow LIFE program. While, Joseph Mitsouras and his family preserve their share.



Vital Signs Ep. 1 – Part 3

September 12th, 2011

Joseph Mitsouras shares how his family includes children in meal planning.




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Move Over, Kale Chips! Kale Buds Are Here

By Lari Robling - April 18th, 2012

High Tunnel farming caught my eye because its extended growing season adds to the amount of local produce we get. While farm manager Aviva Asher was tidying up the winter crop to make way for spring, I discovered another benefit of local growing: use what you’ve got.

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