Food Day Livingston Recipes

A Healthier Type of Cook-Off

The Food Day team in Livingston, New Jersey has sparked a tradition of creative and healthy cooking events for their town! The Second Annual Town-Wide Healthy Cook-off, which aimed to discover the best chili and kale dishes in the area, attracted contestants of all ages. The winning kale dish was created by 10-year old Laurie Bedore, who put a green twist on her dad’s recipe for butternut squash soup. Soma Chaudhuri, a mom of two, created the winning chili dish titled Lean Chicken Chili. And following the success of the cook-off, this year the YMCA partnered with ShopRite to host a healthy smoothie contest designed to bring parents and kids together in the kitchen, creating fun ways to eat and prepare fruits and vegetables.


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Community is Key for Food Day – Livingston

Food Day is not the only thing expanding its reach in Livingston, New Jersey. The town has fully embraced food as a community-Livingston_3.jpgbuilder, which has introduced new traditions and perspectives to its residents. Through coordinated efforts, Livingston volunteers from a range of community organizations have helped establish a school garden and events around topics of healthy eating and food security.


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End Childhood Hunger in your Community!

Youth around the country are coming up with some of the most innovative ways to answer our most pressing food issues.  Youth have a special connection with their communities and in many cases, their ideas and plans can make a huge difference.

That is why Food Day partner Youth Service America (YSA) 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.


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A Great Day for the Michigan Apple Crunch

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October 24th 2014 was a great day for Michigan’s Apple Crunch! Over 210,000 folks across the state registered to bite into a crisp Michigan apple – the collective crunch was overwhelming!

The group of people participating was diverse, including Detroit Business, Colleges, Universities and Day Care Centers, and hospitals, but the largest group were k-12 school kids around the state.  In Detroit Public Schools 68,000 apples were passed out, in Petoskey Schools every child received an apple as a snack – 3,000 of them!  In Van Buren County the Intermediate School District took the crunch on full steam, with events in all their schools allowing more than 10,000 to bite into the event and over in Kalamazoo we saw more than 16,000 kids eat apples. These are just a few examples of the great work that is being done in schools throughout Michigan to support local agriculture and to nourish kids with whole foods. 


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Whole Wheat Pasta and Cannellini Beans

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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Tips for a Peaceful Holiday

Every year after Thanksgiving I find myself getting caught up with the holiday hustle!  Most of us are in full swing making lists, baking cookies, wrapping presents and adding in more stuff than we usually do the rest of the year.  That’s why this is the perfect time to revisit my top 5 tips on heading into the holidays slow and steady. 


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Trade in Your Tray


trade_in_your_tray.pngLife seems to get busier and faster by the moment. “On the go” means everything these days. We are finding ourselves throwing a granola bar in our bag or searching for the fastest option to scarf down a much-needed meal. In all of this hustle and bustle, it is easy to forget the environmental impact we are making by getting your food “to go”. The convenience of “to go” foods saves time—but how you take your food to-go could also help save the environment.


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