Avocado Smoothie


Avocados are not just for guacamole. Their rich, sweet flesh blends right into this green wonder, with a touch of vanilla and the hidden hydration of cucumber. Add some honey to taste, if you want it a little sweeter. By Robin Asbell, Co+op, strongertogether Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 2 Ingredients 1 large cucumber, peeled 1/2 large avocado 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder* (optional) 1 large frozen banana 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Honey to taste, optional Preparation Combine the ingredients in the blender and puree. Take a little taste and add honey if necessary to sweeten it. Serve immediately. Nutritional Information 196 calories, 7 g. fat, 8 mg. cholesterol, 35 mg. sodium, 32 g. carbohydrate, 5 [...]

Avocado Smoothie2019-01-23T10:01:45-04:00

Help Lead Your Co-op — Run for the Board of Directors


By Patrice Lockert Anthony, GreenStar Board President GreenStar’s Board of Directors (or Council) is recruiting members for its June election. There will be eight seats open. There are a possible four incumbents (already on the Board) running for election. Here’s what you need to know: • Applications for running may be obtained at any time, at www.greenstar.coop or in our stores, and, in order to appear on the ballot, completed applications are due by May 1. • We want and need you to consider running. • We need inclusive and marginalized voices to be heard. • We want our community’s diversity to be seen on our board. • We need our membership engaged in the governance of our co-op. • [...]

Help Lead Your Co-op — Run for the Board of Directors2018-04-19T12:35:15-04:00

Fresh Salads with Seasonal Citrus


Kale and Blood Orange Salad This salad is a great make-ahead, since, unlike many tossed salads, it keeps for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Serve with roasted meats, or top with leftover cooked sliced chicken for a hearty lunch salad. Substitute navel oranges for the blood oranges if you prefer; just be sure to use 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with the sweeter navel orange juice in the dressing. By: Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients: 4 medium blood oranges Juice of 1 large lemon 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 clove garlic, smashed 1/4 cup olive oil 1 bunch kale, washed, stems removed 1/2 cup slivered red onions 8 [...]

Fresh Salads with Seasonal Citrus2018-02-25T04:40:02-04:00

Tips for a Perfect, Personalized Gift Basket


By Co+op, stronger together Your co-op is a great source for local, unique and flavorful products that delight, inspire and nourish body and soul. Create a special holiday gift basket for friends, family, and co-workers by choosing a selection of items that they will enjoy. Customization is key The key to creating a thoughtful gift that will truly be appreciated is understanding your recipient. Is she the person you turn to for health and exercise tips? Does he always have the low-down on the latest food trends? Are they regulars at the farmers market and love local farm tours? Make a list, check it twice Once you have settled on a theme, brainstorm a list of complementary items, determine your [...]

Tips for a Perfect, Personalized Gift Basket2018-02-25T02:29:21-04:00

Perfect Thanksgiving Sides: Warmly Spiced Sweet Potatoes


    Thank you to our friends at Davis Co-op in California for sharing this recipe. Warmly Spiced Sweet Potatoes 3 large sweet potatoes 1 cup coconut milk 1 2 inch chunk of ginger, peeled and chopped roughly 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half 3 cloves 3 star anise 1 Tbsp butter or vegan substitute 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract (to get extra fancy, cut a one-inch piece of vanilla bean in half and steep with the milk) Maple Glazed Pecan Topping (follows) Heat your oven to 400. Poke the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and wrap in aluminum foil (if you don’t want to use the foil, bake in a covered casserole). Bake until [...]

Perfect Thanksgiving Sides: Warmly Spiced Sweet Potatoes2018-02-25T02:29:21-04:00

A Guide to Gluten-free Entertaining


By: Co+op, stronger together The holiday season is approaching, and that means it’s time to entertain! Hosting any meal can be both fun and, let's face it, a little stressful. What happens when a gluten allergy is thrown into the mix? Thankfully, there's no need to panic! Many festive, classic foods are gluten-free. Turkey? Gluten-free. Winter squash? Gluten-free. Chocolate? You guessed it—gluten-free. In fact, all whole fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, as well as beans and rice are considered gluten-free. Traces of gluten can exist in processed foods though, so it’s good to pay close attention to labels and avoid anything you’re not sure about. Here are some simple steps you can take to be the ultimate inclusive, gluten-free-friendly host. A [...]

A Guide to Gluten-free Entertaining2018-02-25T02:29:21-04:00

Everything You Need to Know About Pie Dough


By: Megan Dorn, Co+op, stronger together I've always loved pie, in particular my Aunt Susie’s apple pie. When I was a kid she would bake one, wrap it up and give it to me for my birthday. Did I sit around the dinner table and share the delicious pie with my family? Absolutely not. I would literally hide it under my bed, devouring a slice before school, another after school and usually one more before bed...then repeat. That’s how good it was (and still is!). Pie is one of those all-American, all-seasons treats that is always better homemade. It is also incredibly versatile. The size, shape and design can be tailored to the baker’s own liking and creativity and the fillings [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Pie Dough2018-02-25T02:29:21-04:00

Meet The Sophie Fund – A New BYOB Recipient


It's time to introduce the three local not-for-profits who will be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag - Use It for Good donations for the months of October, November, and December -- Get Your GreenBack Tompkins, the SPCA of Tompkins County, and the Sophie Fund. Our BYOB program encourages our shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they are able to donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens provided by our customers. Each month we will feature one of the organizations on our blog. This month learn about The Sophie Fund. The Sophie Fund [...]

Meet The Sophie Fund – A New BYOB Recipient2018-02-25T02:29:22-04:00

Happy Co-op Month!


By Alexis Alexander, Membership Manager This October, GreenStar is joining over 30,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month, observed nationally since 1964. This year, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International has chosen “Co-operatives Commit” as the theme for the month, highlighting the many ways that co-ops are committed to their communities. Co-op Month reminds us that GreenStar is just one of many co-ops that are committed to the value of shared ownership to achieve common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations. From food co-ops to farmer co-ops, worker co-ops to credit unions, and housing co-ops to energy co-ops many different types of cooperatives contribute to our communities and the economy. Co-ops are [...]

Happy Co-op Month!2018-02-25T02:29:22-04:00



  It’s fall. And that means teetering on the tightrope-balancing work and school and music lessons and sports practices and Friday night date nights and weekends in the apple orchards with grandparents. How does one eat well when always on the go? The secret is simple: mise en place. With a bit of planning and a few hours of prepping some basic meal components, you can eat with delicious variety all week long. Here’s how it works. Set aside some time on a Sunday and make a few of these culinary building blocks. Seal them up (they’ll last up to five days in the fridge), and come Tuesday night or Wednesday lunchtime combine a few building blocks with something simple [...]

A WEEK’S WORTH OF MEALS IN 2 HOURS2018-02-25T02:29:22-04:00
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