Rule of thirds – It can help to separate your plate into three sections. One for grains, one for veg, and one for protein. Ideally, the vegetable section should be the largest, then the protein, then grain.
Make veggies delicious – Find a blog you love, and try some of their recipes. If you enjoy the way vegetables taste, you’ll be more likely to eat them! Try Love & Lemons and Cookie + Kate.
Fit it into the schedule – Feel that you’re way too busy to shop & cook? There are plenty of meal-order services out there that will deliver dinner to your door, and all you have to do is put it together. There are also incredible options for prepared, plant based meals that can arrive at your home ready to eat. Sakara Life & Define Foods are great examples.
Plan ahead – What happens when we’re really busy but also want to cook each meal? Sauce is the savior here. If you prepare a couple different sauces at the beginning of the week, you can use them over whatever you make, transforming regular vegetables, grains, & proteins into delicious meals.
Sign up for a CSA – Your local farm probably has one of these, where a basket or box of vegetables will be available for pickup or delivery every week. It’s a great way to get local veggies without the hassle of going to the store. Plus you’re sure to have the epitome of whatever is in season for your area!
Make it a habit – eventually, it will become second nature to have vegetables at every meal, and you’ll feel odd not to incorporate them!
Hello Summer VegOut! Enthusiasts,
We are excited about spotlighting small farms this month hoping to inspire you to buy local while eating your 30 different veggies in July. Did you know that you can earn badges for supporting local farms? The kids will love that! Will you please share your farm discoveries with us on social media with the hashtag #vegout2018—and we will tell the world. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites around the country.
Working on 20 acres in Encinitas, CA, Coastal Roots Farm is a non-profit growing food for their give-what-you-can farm stand, supporting members of the community who cannot afford organic, healthy food.
Hope Farms Stand
If you live in the Houston area, come visit us on Saturday mornings from 9 to noon at 10401 Scott Street! We’ve got squash, melon, onions, amaranth, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, & more!
What’s in Season?
Don’t know what is in season where you live? Here‘s a great guide to seasonal summer food all over the country. Whatever is in season, bought locally from an organic producer, will always taste better than what you’ll find in the grocery store.
Our culinary director, Paola, and her daughter come out to Hope Farms on Saturdays and cook during the Farm Stand. It gives shoppers a chance to taste the produce prepared in ways they may not have thought of before. Want to try what they’re cooking? Here’s the recipe for Summer Veggie Paella:
4 cups chicken stock
1 pinch saffron
5 sprigs thyme
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow squash cut into 1/4″ coins
1 small zucchini cut into 1/4″ coins
1/2 eggplant cut into 1/4″ coins
1 oz dried chorizo finely chopped
1/2 onion finely chopped …read more
In many parts of the country, July is when farms are ramping up production, and farmer’s markets are full of all the beautiful produce winter dreams are made of. What better month than to take the Veg Out! 30 ways in 30 days challenge? Our focus this month is on small farms – so register online & download our app, visit your local farm, and start tracking! We’ll be vegging out as well, and you can follow us on Instagram & Facebook to see what we’re eating, cooking, and where we’re going. We’re lucky enough to have Hope Farms as part of our foundation, where we can get produce every Saturday morning (and you can too, if you’re in Houston!). For those of you not in our city, we’ve got a list of helpful informational sites to visit, more information on Hope Farms, and a feature on one of our favorite Houstonians.
In the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston, we’re growing a 7 acre farm, with the goal of delivering fresh produce to the neighborhood, which is a food desert, at an affordable price. We do this at our Saturday morning Farm Stand, which is open from 9-noon every week, and is located on the farm, at 10401 Scott Street. We also have a weekly Farm Share, where freshly picked produce is delivered to those who live inside the loop. To find out more about it, and our veteran training program, visit http://hopefarmshtx.org.
#VegOut Spotlight: Marcia Smart Marcia has been a long supporter of Recipe For Success and our work in the schools, often coming out to talk & demo in our classrooms. We were delighted when she decided to run a fundraiser during this #vegout2018 month! She’s hoping to raise enough money to provide Reynolds Elementary, which is just a few blocks away from Hope Farms with our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ program. You can contribute to her fundraiser here.
Recipe for Success Foundation has a national presence, but with our roots in Houston, we have to give a special shout out to some of the local spots that make it so easy for our #VegOut2018 challengers to get the variety of veggies they need to successfully eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days. If you’re local, check out some of our favorite stores and restaurants:
Head to Peppertree at lunchtime and you can treat yourself to their heaping buffet of fresh vegetables and other vegetarian options. I headed there for lunch the other day and had eaten 13 different veggies by the time I left!
Sprouts, located in the Heights, not only has an unbelievable variety of veggies, but has excellent pricing to keep your #VegOut2018 challenge fun and affordable. Purple cauliflower, multicolored carrots and veggies you’ve never even heard of are all around you at Sprouts.
Some of the most delicious smoothies in Houston are at Juice Land, and most of them have at least two veggies like spinach, kale, carrots and beets in them. Slurp one up at any of their Houston locations.
Harvesting the last #okra at #HopeFarmsHTX. Out of recipes? Toss whole in @1836oliveco pile in a hot #ironskillet, brown quickly over hi heat, squeeze lemon over & sprinkle with sea salt. Fast, easy & delish snack for the @astros game tonight. #EatLocal #VegOut2019 #GrowCookEat
October is peek harvest time on the Gulf Coast, so the fields at Hope Farms HTX and in our #SeedToPlate school gardens are brimming with delicious produce. There is really no reason why you aren't doing a #Vegout2019 challenge this season. Why not #EatLocal & #EatHealthy