Shake Up Your Salad with a Cornucopia of Greens

2019-06-20T10:12:01-04:00

By Co+op, stronger together In our books, kale will never be a fail. But come summer, it’s time to swap some standbys for the fresh flavors of a new season. Here’s a list of some lean, mean, fabulous greens to pick up from your local co-op. Spice up your summer salad AND impress your friends! Experiment with combining textures (crunchify!) and colors (red leaf, anyone?). Dandelion Greens A wild and exotic green, dandelion greens are packed with nutrients. With more calcium, vitamins, and iron than most greens, dandelions are great for a detox and they add a roarin’ flavor to salads and sautées. The bitter, strong taste of dandelion is best served up with a bold vinaigrette. Don’t be [...]

Shake Up Your Salad with a Cornucopia of Greens2019-06-20T10:12:01-04:00

Food Justice for our LGBTQ+ Communities

2019-06-20T10:09:40-04:00

By RJ Isley, GreenStar Community Projects Board Member and GreenStar Co-op Employee For many LGBTQ+ folx, June represents Pride Month. To some, it’s a celebration of being out and proud, an opportunity to let your authentic self truly fly. For others, it’s a staunch reminder of the adversity many have always faced, particularly Trans People of Color — the originators of modern Pride in our society. I find it to be a little bit of both parts. But what does Pride have to do with GSCP, and why should I stick my Queer Politics into an organization mobilized towards greater food access? A report released by UCLA Law School found that 29% of LGBTQ+ adults “experienced a time in the [...]

Food Justice for our LGBTQ+ Communities2019-06-20T10:09:40-04:00

Co-op Principle #4: Autonomy and Independence

2019-06-20T09:59:03-04:00

By Alexis Alexander, GreenStar Membership Manager When I think about the Seven Cooperative Principles, there’s one that I tend to forget: Principle #4, Autonomy and Independence. Maybe that’s because it’s so fundamental to the notion of cooperatives. Then again, it’s also the one I struggle to explain. So, this month, I’m taking up the challenge to share what I know about this important, yet somewhat elusive principle. The International Cooperative Alliance defines Autonomy and Independence as follows: “Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.” At [...]

Co-op Principle #4: Autonomy and Independence2019-06-20T09:59:03-04:00

Berry Cobbler — A Summer Classic

2019-06-20T09:53:20-04:00

The classic cobbler is a perfect vehicle for your beautiful berries. If you don't have time to fuss with a pie crust, this is a good alternative, since the topping is simply stirred together and dolloped on. Just bake until bubbly! By Robin Asbell, co+op stronger, together Total Time: 1 hour; 25 minutes active Servings: 6 Ingredients 5 cups berries, washed and dried 1/2 cup sugar, divided 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup unbleached flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 large egg 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, fat free 1/4 cup butter, melted Preparation Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan. [...]

Berry Cobbler — A Summer Classic2019-06-20T09:53:20-04:00

Reusable Solutions for the Single-Use Plastic Problem

2019-06-12T14:14:21-04:00

The United Nations estimates that our oceans contain more than 8 million tons of plastic! As it breaks down into smaller pieces, it’s mistaken for food by fish and wildlife and causes further harm to the environment. There’s no denying that plastic is a real problem. Companies have introduced compostable “plastic alternatives” that offer the same single-use convenience but break down in compost facilities. These options often cost twice as much for businesses and still require natural resources to produce, and many cities don’t have compost facilities that take them — so they’re more of a band-aid than a real solution. Solving the problem starts with choosing reusable items, changing our habits, and changing our lifestyles. Here are some items [...]

Reusable Solutions for the Single-Use Plastic Problem2019-06-12T14:14:21-04:00

Grilling for Father’s Day? Add this zesty side.

2019-06-12T14:20:27-04:00

Fire up the grill and give your corn on the cob a blast of flavor with this easy-as-can-be recipe. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients 4 large ears of corn, shucked 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 medium lime, zested and juiced 2 tsp. ancho chili powder 1/4 cup crumbled cotija or grated Parmesan cheese Preparation To grill corn, heat a gas grill on high for 20 minutes, or build a fire in a charcoal grill and wait for the coals to be covered with ash. While the grill heats, place the mayonnaise in a medium bowl and stir 1/4 teaspoon of the lime zest and 1/2 teaspoon of the juice. Reserve. When the grill is hot, [...]

Grilling for Father’s Day? Add this zesty side.2019-06-12T14:20:27-04:00

Summer Side: Black Bean and Corn Salad

2019-06-06T10:28:16-04:00

This Tex-Mex favorite is delicious with grilled fish or burgers, or add diced cooked chicken to create a whole meal. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen (thawed) 1 large tomato, seeded and diced 1 medium green pepper, diced 1 bunch green onions, diced 1 Tbsp jalapeno pepper, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp. chili powder 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes) 1/4 cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled Preparation In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the garlic, chili powder, cumin, [...]

Summer Side: Black Bean and Corn Salad2019-06-06T10:28:16-04:00

Celebrate Hemp History with a Superfood Slaw

2019-06-05T17:01:22-04:00

A super easy and nutrient-packed broccoli slaw — sunflower and hemp seeds add nutty flavor and protein. The crunch nicely complements hearty sandwiches on crusty whole-grain bread. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 30 minutes; 15 minutes active Servings: 4 Ingredients 9-oz. bag broccoli slaw mix 1/2 cup lemon yogurt 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup dried apple, chopped 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds Preparation In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, raisins, dried apples, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds and mix well. Add the broccoli slaw mix and toss well to coat with the dressing. Let the slaw sit in the refrigerator for at least [...]

Celebrate Hemp History with a Superfood Slaw2019-06-05T17:01:22-04:00

Banana Berry Baked Oats

2019-06-04T15:05:01-04:00

Sweeten up your morning with these scrumptious banana blueberry oat squares. Make this dish ahead for busy mornings when you want an easy, hot breakfast to start the day. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 50 minutes; 15 minutes active Servings: 4 to 6 Ingredients Vegetable oil spray 2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup walnuts, optional 1 large banana, peeled and sliced 2 cups almond milk 1/2 cup maple syrup 2 tsp.vanilla extract 2 Tbsp ground flax seeds 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries Preparation Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with vegetable oil spray. In a large bowl, mix the oats and walnuts. In [...]

Banana Berry Baked Oats2019-06-04T15:05:01-04:00

Our Capital Campaign Is the Key to Our Success

2019-05-29T11:17:51-04:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager By now, if we’ve done our job well, you should be (practically) sick of hearing about our Capital Campaign and the key role it plays in our expansion and relocation project. If we’ve somehow failed to reach you yet, here’s the elevator speech: We need to raise $1.5 million from member-owner investments by June 14. The additional $2.5 million in loans already secured is dependent on our achieving this investment goal. As of late May, we’ve collected about $755,000, with an additional $200,000 committed but not yet collected. I’m confident we'll achieve our spring goal because our wonderfully diverse community deeply supports its co-op and knows that we deliver on our commitments. I’m currently drafting [...]

Our Capital Campaign Is the Key to Our Success2019-05-29T11:17:51-04:00
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