Cooking – The “New” Food Trend of 2015

That’s right, folks. Cooking, an act that humans have been performing roughly three times a day for the past hundreds of thousands of years, is now arguably considered “trendy”. A rebellion is forming against the pre-prepared, nuke-and-serve, drive-thru, ready-made, preserved and processed foods that, for about the past fifty years, have managed to sneak their way onto our tables and become our meal-time staples. Now, in this new DIY-loving culture, we are slowly beginning to rethink priorities and reclaim both our kitchens and health.

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The Healthy Cook's Asian Herb Salad

Get your kids to help you make this easy and nutritious salad recipe!

The 3 herbs plus the cabbage make this salad pop with flavor and crunch. To turn it into a meal for four, double the dressing and toss in a pound of shredded cooked chicken or cubes of sautéed or baked tofu.

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TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

The TED organization birthed not only TED Talks and the TED Conference, but also created independently organized educational events known as TEDx, which are hosted in cities all over the world. Diane Hatz, of Change Food and founder/organizer of the food and farming-focused TEDxManhattan, identified the need for people to understand the food system on a broader scale and has been the master of ceremonies at her event since 2011. Diane is a Food Day Advisory Board member.

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Caramelized Tofu and Broccoli Stir-Fry

The Kids Cook Monday is a campaign that encourages parents and kids to start their weeks off right by making Monday family night. Each week, the campaign provides an easy weeknight recipe and all the tools families will need to enjoy a fun cooking and dining experience on Monday nights. To have The Family Dinner Date Newsletter delivered to your inbox each Friday, sign up here.


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NuAct Helped Waupaca County Schools and Libraries Celebrate Food Day 2014

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The month of October highlighted Food Day, which is celebrated nationally on October 24th. The spirit of this celebration is learning where our food comes from, supporting local farmers, and eating nutritious foods. The NuAct team distributed letters to principals inviting all of the schools in Waupaca County to Celebrate Food Day by encouraging their students to bring an apple to school on the same day and participate in an “Apple Crunch” where every child would bite into an apple at the same time on the designated day. Six of the seven school districts participated in the Apple Crunch celebration. Parent newsletters were sent home with every child the day of their Apple Crunch, including apple information, a recipe, and apple activities families could do together. In addition, apples were collected from local apple growers to be used in the 3rd grade Farm to School lessons during the month of October which took place in every 3rd grade classroom in Waupaca County. Third graders had the opportunity to taste test three different varieties of apples during their lesson and vote on which one they liked the best.

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YSA Grants Opportunity

YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages five to twenty-five across the United States to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day (April 17 to 19, 2015) and beyond.

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The Trick Big Food Uses To Get You To Buy Candy In The Checkout Aisle

This article originally appeared on ThinkProgress on December 8, 2014.

By Jessica Almy & Priya Fielding-Singh

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Food and beverage companies spend billions of dollars each year marketing their products to shoppers. You’re probably thinking TV ads. Yes, that’s true — but Big Food’s cash is also well spent in the checkout aisle, where these companies push customers to make last-minute impulse purchases of soda and candy.


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