Thursday, March 29, 2012

Earth Day, Every Day with Cascadian Farms

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I posted yesterday about Cascadian Farms contacting us to work with them to raise awareness for Earth Day. We have been giving this a lot of thought. We are already doing a few small things but know we could do better. 

The girls as I did a small amount of planting last year and also purchased a weekly farm share in the form of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). It was one of the hottest summers we have had in a while. Our garden did not do that well. Good thing we had the CSA. 

We also love to visit our weekly Farmers Markets to see what is fresh. There is a farm there we love to purchase our meat from. These actions are just about the extent of our deeds to save the earth. I wish we did more and I would like to try for better but it has been tough. 

  • Audrey is in a school that recycles extensively and she has been asking to implement it at home. 
  • We are also going to start using our composter. It sits in the back yard with not much in it.
  • The girls love riding the mass transit. We do much less in the summer so that is more feasible. 
  • Our summer garden is already planned. Should have a post soon with the beginnings.
  • This summer we are organizing a local park tour. 
  • We will continue to use second-hand clothing as much as possible.
These are ideas that will be doable for us. Cascadian Farms is inviting fans to share pictures of what they are doing to celebrate the earth on their Facebook Page. Look for our pictures soon.

On to what we made for dinner with some amazing Cascadian Farms Organic products. This was so much fun and delicious!

We started during snack-time with simple fruit, granola, and yogurt parfaits. Audrey helped me place the homemade yogurt in the glasses then she topped it with organic granola and the organic frozen fruit of choice. Audrey picked strawberry and Maurene mixed berry. Both devoured the fruit as fast as they could.

Preparing to make parfaits.

Audrey's strawberries.

Maurene's mixed berries.

For a drink we selected organic frozen apple juice concentrate. This is a great option for us because we often run out of juice and could keep this in the freezer for a backup. Audrey loved stirring the concentrate and pouring the juice into cups.

Pouring by herself.

For dinner Audrey helped me cook pork chops, pasta, and organic green beans. We enjoyed the pork chops with organic fire roasted tomatoes. It was a simple and very tasty meal. I was able to serve it to my girls knowing it was nutritious.

Tossing the chops in the pan.

Maurene placed green beans in a bowl for heating.

A lovely toddler meal.

Mamma had a small lunch so she had a big dinner.

The wonderful people at Cascadian Farms would like you to be able to feed your family a healthy organic meal as well. They gave me an extra picnic basket full of organic foods, a water bottle, a recipe book, and coupons for other Cascadian Farms goodies.

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  1. My fave vegetable is KALE and I love to juice it

  2. Broccoli. Seriously love it just steamed, but I also really enjoy splashing some parmesan cheese on it. Yum. Now I kind of want some!

  3. How can I pick just one vegetable? I love all of them. Roasted is generally my favorite way to prep - roasted broccoli, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes...mmmm...I could go on and on! Oh, and corn on the cob on the grill in the summer. :-)

  4. I am totally into brussels sprouts, endive, and watercress right now! Brussels sprouts pan roasted or steamed with olive oil, endive with hummus or pan roasted with olive oil, and watercress like a salad with shaved parmesan, balsamic vinegar and garlic flavored olive oil. YUM!

  5. Love green beans. Simple, no fuss and yummy. My 3 year old daughter loves them too!

  6. I love asparagus roasted in the oven with a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt.

  7. My fav is fresh picked asparagus. So YUMMY!

  8. I love zucchini - steamed in butter. Yum...

  9. I love asparagus grilled with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

  10. I like summer squash with onions!

  11. We just had some fresh picked asparagus for dinner. I'm really hoping to get to the farmers market more often this year.

  12. I like zucchini.. I use it to keep veg burgers moist, as pasta, as the base for pizza....


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