In June, Bells Best Berries hosted a cooking class for our CSA members. I have found that many people want to eat healthy, so they join a CSA. However, when they start getting their veggie bags, they quickly realize they don’t know what to do with many of the beautiful veggies in there, despite their good intentions. Many Americans have a comfortable veggie repertoire of only about 5 items: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and broccoli. If you are in a CSA, you will get these common veggies, but you also will get many others, such as cauliflower, pattypan squash, eggplant, beans and peas, edible flowers, many types of greens, and herbs. These are all nutritious foods that taste great! Most people just need a little help learning how to prepare them. That is why we host a veggie cooking class every year.
The problem goes much deeper than just not knowing what to do with a few veggies in a CSA bag. Cooking at home seems to be becoming a lost art. Many kids reach adulthood and simply don’t know how to cook. So as a result, they end up living off of fast food and boxed or processed food. These items tend to be high in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, GMO products, carbs, chemical non-food items, and perhaps shouldn’t even be called “food” at all. They do not nourish.
Learning a few basic cooking skills truly can be the difference between health and degenerative diseases. My eating philosophy is “just eat real food”. I believe eating fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy fats and grass fed milks, cheeses, and meats are key to good health. Those things aren’t available in most processed food or fast foods. Food prepared at home is made from fresh ingredients and is more likely to include vegetables, and not include additives. This is the key too good nutrition and health.
Give it a try! Slice and dice a few things. You will be surprised how easy it is, once you get started. There are recipes here that can help. Moms and dads, let your kids in the kitchen to be a part of the process. The long term health of your children and grandchildren depends on it.
Eat Your Veggies,