Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cooking Club: Whole Grains & Beans Bonanza

This month's Cooking Club was an adventure in new ingredients and foods. We decided to try some recipes from Cori's Super Natural cookbook by Heidi Swanson. One goal of the 2008 Cooking Club has been to seek out healthy and yummy-tasting recipes that are family friendly. We're always looking for inexpensive (can't get cheaper than beans sold in bulk!)

This month's menu included:

-White Bean-Sun dried Tomato Crostini
-Edamame Hummus and Pita Chips
-Wheat Berry Salad
-Crusty and Creamy White Beans with Greens
-Crock pot Tri-tip
-Chocolate Dairyless Mousse

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One of the hits of the evening was the Chocolate Mousse made with Chocolate Soy Milk, Chocolate Chips and (gasp!) tofu. We didn't tell the daddies or the kids the ingredients until after they fell in love with this protein-packed dessert. Mia Vasquez smiles with chocolate lips in this pic. Um, yeah, we liked it!

We always try to think of goofy contests or fun games to play at Cooking Club. We decided to play the "bean game." The idea is to use a straw to get all your beans from the floor into your paper cup. Angel Pusey got the kid prize - a bag of garbanzo beans!
We could have housed a "Farting Contest" but all the beans were de-gassed (a new technique we learned). Not to mention we all know who would win that competition! Instead we had a fierce game of Scattergories. Josh Beery was the winner!

1 comment:

The VM Family said...

"Beans, beans they're good for your heart..."