iEat Green - Eric Holt-Gimenez - 11.16.17

November 16th, 2017

Eric Holt-Giménez is an agro-ecologist, political economist, lecturer and author. In his new book, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism; Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat, Eric reveals the link between capitalism, poverty, hunger and the ills that plague our food system. Eric has been the Executive Director of Food First since 2006. Food First is a non-profit organization that works to end the injustices that cause hunger through research, education and action. Eric is the editor of Food First books, Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems; and Land Justice; Re-Imagining Land, Food, and the Commons in the United States, He co-authored the book Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice with Raj Patel and Annie Shattuck; and was the author of Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture. Eric is of Basque and Puerto Rican heritage. He grew up milking cows and pitching hay in Point Reyes, CA, where he learned that putting food on the table is hard work. After studying rural education and biology at the University of Oregon and Evergreen State College, he traveled through Mexico and Central America, where he was drawn to the simple life of small-scale farmers. He returned to the States and received his Ph.D. in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2002.


Stuffed Heirloom Pumpkin

1 Large Round Organic Pumpkin
1 ½ lbs seitan, homemade or store bought (white
wave or Ray’s brands are good), cut into chunks
1 onion, chopped
4 carrots, cut into wedges
1 pound mushrooms, sliced (can use shitake,
portabella etc.)
2 yellow squash
1 butternut squash
1 sweet potato, cut into chunks
2 red or yellow peppers
1 head broccoli, cut up
4 parsnips
½ small napa cabbage
2 baby bok choy
¼ cup tamari
4 cloves garlic
2” piece of ginger, grated
2 Tbs. aji mirin (sweet rice wine)
2 Tbs tahini mixed with 1 cup water
1 package frozen peas
1 lbs potatoes, cut into chunks
2 sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs thyme
Cut out a circle on the top of pumpkin, scrape out seeds and replace top of pumpkin. Place pumpkin in shallow baking pan with a little water in bottom of pan. Make an aluminum tent over pumpkin with tin foil (to prevent burning) and bake the pumpkinin a 300’degree oven until soft (1 ½ hour-2 hours). Meanwhile, sauté onions, carrots, butternut squash, parsnips, potatoes and sweet potato in stockpot with a little olive oil. Add garlic and ginger. Cook for 10 minutes on low. Add broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, yellow squash, bok choy, cabbage, herbs and any other veggies you want. Add tahini and water mixture. Add mirin, tamari and frozen peas. Add seitan and cook for 20 more minutes. When pumpkin is soft, fill the pumpkin with the vegetable stew and return to oven for 30 minutes, to allow flavors to meld together. Serve right out of the pumpkin


iEat Green - Susan Futrell - 11.09.17

November 13th, 2017

Susan Futrell has worked with food businesses, nonprofit organizations and farms in marketing and distribution for over 35 years, including over two decades in the natural and organic foods industry. She is a freelance writer, essayist, and consultant, and has an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. ​Futrell is currently Director of Marketing for the nonprofit Red Tomato, which does marketing, logistics and market development for a network of fruit and vegetable farmers in the northeastern US. She helped develop the Eco Apple® program, a collaboration among fruit growers, researchers and scientists from land grant institutions and nonprofits, which supports advanced ecological orchard and pest management practices with a goal of sustaining local fruit production in the US. Futrell writes and speaks frequently on the challenges of bringing local foods to a broader segment of US eaters, sustaining family farms, and the history, science and joys of apples. She’s a fifth-generation Iowan and lives with her husband, Will Jennings, in Iowa City, Iowa.  She divides her time between Iowa City, Boston, and mid-coast Maine.

White Flint Corn Grits wit LI Cheese Pumpkin
8 servings
1 cup Sea Island White Flint Corn Grits
½ LI Cheese Pumpkin, de-seeded, peel
removed & cut into 1” cubes
coconut oil
2-1/2 cups water
1 can coconut milk
1 t. salt
2 Carrots, small dice
1 onion, chopped
coconut oil
1 t. fresh minced ginger
1/8 t. cinnamon
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
2 Tbs. chopped parsley
¼ cup toasted slivered almonds (optional)
1) In a small pot, bring water, coconut milk, and salt to a boil. Slowly stir grits into boiling mixture. Bring back to boil and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cinnamon and parsley when finished.
2) Meanwhile, lay out pumpkin cubes on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and greased with coconut oil. Sprinkle with salt. Cover with another piece of parchment paper and roast in 450* oven for 20-30 minutes until soft. Remove from oven.
3) In cast iron pan, saute the onions and carrots with a little salt until soft. Add the ginger and cook another 5 minutes. Add onions and carrots to cooked grits.
4) Wipe out pan and add apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. Add the cooked pumpkin to this and let simmer until the pumpkin absorbs the sauce.
5) Place grits in bowl, and spoon out pumpkin on top and in center. Garnish with more parsley. Add slivered almonds if desired


iEat Green - Anna Lappe - 11.03.17

November 2nd, 2017

Anna Lappé promotes health, equity and sustainability in food systems through her writing, advocacy, public speaking, and philanthropy. She has authored or co-authored three books and contributed to twelve others. Her Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (2010) was named by Booklist and Kirkus Reviews as one of the best environmental books of the year. In addition to her writing, Anna appears frequently on television and radio and lectures at colleges and universities. With her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, Anna co-founded the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. She currently runs Real Food Media, a collaborative initiative for popular education about food, farming, and sustainability. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and daughters.

Thanksgiving Stuffing with Burdock, Apples and Pecans

1 package Arrowhead Mills or Chatham Village Stuffing Mix
1 ½ cup vegetable broth or water
1/3 cup olive oil or butter, plus 2 Tbs
2- 10” pieces of Burdock Root, grated
1 onion, chopped
2 Gala apples (or Granny Smith), cored and cubed
¾ cup chopped pecans
Fresh Herbs, (thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley)

Bring vegetable broth to a boil, along with butter or oil. Add stuffing mix, stir and
let sit covered for 5 minutes. Meanwhile,
in 2 Tbs olive oil, sauté burdock root on low flame for 10 minutes. Add onions
and sauté another 5 minutes. Add apple and cook another 5 minutes. Add
pecans. Add vegetables to stuffing and mix well. Add fresh herbs and season to
Bake covered for 20 minutes before serving.


iEat Green - Peter Allison - 10.26.17

October 26th, 2017

Topic: Fall 2017Blog Series, Measuring UP: Demonstrating Impact of Farm to Institution through Metrics, providing data-driven account of farm to institution landscape in NE.

Peter Allison is the Network Director for Farm to Institution New England or FINE. He was hired in 2011 by the founding partners to coordinate an emergent farm to institution network in New England. He brings over 30 years of sustainability program leadership in a wide array of non-profit, government and business roles. He has been focussed on food system change since 2007 when he started coordinating a farm to school program at his kid's school in Hartland, VT, and was also the founding director of the Upper Valley Farm to School Network, before joining FINE. Peter lives at the Cobb Hill co-housing community and farm in Hartland Vermont. He has a BA in Philosophy from Drew University, and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.


Corn Encrusted Tofu with Mushroom Remoulade, topped with Seared Mushrooms and Peppers

1 20-oz block of extra-firm, organic tofu, cut into slices 1/4 “ thick
For Egg substitute
2 Tbs. ground flax seeds
4 Tbs. water
1 pinch of salt
For Corn Crust
1 cup Organic Corn Flakes
½ cup of Corn Masa flour
¼ cup of Tortilla Chip Crumbs
2 Tbs. Cilantro
¼ t. salt
For Mushroom Remoulade
1 cup Burdock root, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 Tbs minced garlic
1 Tbsp. minced ginger
3 cups mushrooms and stems
2 tsp ground fenugreek
¾ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. thyme
½ tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. cayenne
¾ tsp salt
2 cups of water
2 Tbsp. tamari
1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
1/4 tsp. white pepper
2 Tbsp. red wine
Seared Mushroom and Peppers
1-8oz box of baby Portobello
1 long sweet bell pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
A splash of red wine
A splash of tamari

1. Cut tofu and lay out on clean dishtowel to help remove excess water.

2. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the burdock root, onion, carrots, and celery. Then add the garlic and cook for 10 min. Stir occasionally.
3. Add the mushrooms, ginger, and all of the spices. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Add 2 cups of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
5. Remove from heat and then puree, using an immersion blender until smooth. Add the 2 Tbsp. tamari, 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, and 2 Tbsp red wine to the sauce and blend some more. Taste sauce and adjust spices to your liking.
6. Make a mixture of the flax seed and water in a shallow pie dish. In another shallow pie dish, crush the corn flakes in your hands so that they are still chunky, then combine with the masa flour, the tortilla crumbs, salt and cilantro. Dip the tofu slices into the flax seed mixture, and then into the corn flake mixture, coating both sides with the flakes.
7. Lay out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Turn slices over and cook for another 5 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
8. Meanwhile, sauté mushrooms and peppers in a little olive oil in a cast iron pan. Add a splash of red wine and tamari.
9. Plate the baked tofu cutlets on a platter, topped with the remoulade sauce and then garnished with the seared mushrooms and peppers.
10. Serve immediately and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro!


iEat Green - David George Gordon - 10.19.17

October 19th, 2017

David George Gordon is the award-wining author of The Eat-a- Bug
Cookbook and 18 other titles about orcas and gray whales, cockroaches,
tarantulas, land snails and the Sasquatch. The New York Times called his
Field Guide to the Slug “gripping.”
He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Time
magazine and National Geographic Kids and has appeared on Conan
O’Brien, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The View.
As The Bug Chef, he’s shared his cuisine with visitors to the Smithsonian
Institution, San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Explorers club, Yale
University and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums in San Francisco,
Hollywood and Times Square.
Chef Gordon and his illustrator/wife Karen Luke Fildes live in Seattle.


Linguine with Pepper Cress Pesto, Broccoli

and Cherry Tomatoes

For 4-6 people
1 packages of linguine (organic, or GF, rice, etc)
1 batch of pepper cress pesto (see attached recipe)
2 cups broccoli florets
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup white wine
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup assorted cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Salt and pepper
10 sun-dried tomatoes- cut into strips
2 Tbs. fresh chopped parsley
Sauté the broccoli in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and sauté for 2
more minutes. Add the white wine. Add the cherry tomatoes and sauté a few
minutes, add the sundried tomatoes, along with some of the oil its packed in.
Meanwhile, Cook linguine in salted water, al dente, timing it so you can add
it to the broccoli pan. Finish cooking the pasta in the pan with the broccoli
and tomatoes. Drizzle in a little more olive oil and add a little of the pasta
water to finish the cooking. Add 1 cup of pesto mixture and toss together.
Then garnish with parsley.


Pepper Cress Pesto

2 cups Pepper Cress leaves
4 cloves garlic
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup Olive Oil
¼ teaspoon salt

In food processor, pulse the pepper cress until finely chopped. Add
garlic cloves, walnuts, and salt. Pulse some more, occasionally
scraping down sides to incorporate all of the mixture. When fully
pureed, add the olive oil slowly while processor is on. Adjust salt
and garlic to your taste.


iEat Green - Guest: Hartman Deetz - 10.12.17

October 12th, 2017

Hartman Deetz is a member of the Wampanoag of Mashpee. He has recently returned to his homeland after spending 7 years in Huchin Ohlone territory, or Oakland/Richmond California. During his time in California, Hartman was an active part of Idle No More SF bay, the most active INM chapter in the US. Idle No More is an environmentalist and Native American group focused on issues in environmental and social justice. As a member of INM SF bay, Deetz organized with native community and allies against the Glen Cove development, Kinder Morgan, the Keystone XL pipeline and the Chevron Refinery. Deetz was a part of the creation of the Refinery Cooridoor Healing Walks in 2014, that highlighted the connected struggles of 5 refineries and the communities they impact along a 40 mile stretch of the San Francisco bay. Deetz traveled to the People’s Climate March in New York City 2014, and to Standing Rock North Dakota on 3 occasions spending more than a month combined in Oceti Sakowin camp. Deetz has also spent his life as an educator teaching 4 years in the Wampanoag language program, and as a teacher at Oakland’s Deecolonize Accadamy, an independent school focused on providing “quality, relevant and realistic education to black and brown youth.” In addition he has presented at various colleges and panels in 8 different states, and recently contributed to the book “Land Justice-Re- imagining Land Food and the Commons in the United States”


Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

To serve 6 to 8
1 Tbs. coconut oil
2 medium size butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1” wedges
1 teaspoon, finely chopped fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 onion, sliced into crescent moons
1 cup finely chopped potatoes
2 cayenne peppers
1 long Jamaican green pepper
1 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon ginger powder
½ t. coriander
2 t. cardamom
2 t. cumin
½ t. turmeric
½ t. Garam Masala
1 Tbs. fresh coriander (cilantro) plus more for garnish
1 can coconut milk
¼ t. cayenne pepper (optional for spiciness)
1. In a heavy stainless steel pot, sauté the onions in coconut oil with the fresh garlic and ginger for a few minutes.
2. Add the butternut squash, peppers, potatoes and all of the spices, except the Garam Masala, and cook for 3 more minutes.
3. Then add the water, bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir well and cover. Let the pot simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, not letting the bottomn stick.
4. Add the coconut milk, Garam Masala and fresh coriander, and cook for 5 more minutes.
5. Taste and adjust spices to your liking.
6. Garnish with more fresh coriander
7. Serve with Basmati Rice or Rice Noodles


iEat Green - Guest: Nancy Romer - 10.05.17

October 5th, 2017

Nancy Romer is a life-long activist.  After serving in the Peace Corps in Colomiba, she came back to the US ready to join the movement to end the war in Viet Nam.  Since then she has continued working for peace and social justice, working in the feminist, anti-racist, public higher education, union, food justice and climate justice movements.  She was a professor of psychology for 42 years at Brooklyn College until she retired two years ago, started the Brooklyn College Community Partership that serves over 1500 youth each semester from under-served Brooklyn high schools and middles schools, using the arts as a way of advancing healthy development.  She was a founder of the Brooklyn Food Coalition and has worked closely with Brandworkers, a worker organization that organizes workers in the food processing industry in NYC.  She was on the Steering Committee of the Peoples Climate March, and is now on the Steering Committee for Sandy5, a grassroots organization demanding that our elected officials protect us from the dangers of climate change. She has been a member of the Park Slope Food Coop for 40 years.


iEat Green - Guest: Steven Cecchini - 09.28.17

September 28th, 2017

Steven Cecchini, a farmer and activist working with Long Island Activists, to help promote the NY Health Act. LI Activists is a chapter of the NY Progressive Action Network, which is a coalition of over 25 grassroots progressive groups, working together to ensure that all people can live in a safe, just and fair environment. Steven’s focus is on healthcare, and he is a big promoter of the single payer system and the NY Health Act, which would provide health insurance for all New Yorkers. Steven works full time as an organic farmer at Restoration Farm, and helped start a farm for disables adults in Brentwood, Long Island. 

Spinach and Cheese Frittata

2 onion, chopped
4 potatoes, rinsed, chopped
¼ c dill, chopped
butter or oil
2 lbs frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 ½ lb feta cheese
1 lb gruyere, grated
4 eggs
2 ¼ c milk
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400°F.
1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
2. Sauté onions in olive oil in wok or sauté pan, until translucent. Add in potatoes and spinach, stir to combine and cover pot for 5 minutes so potatoes are fork tender. Turn off flame, add dill and stir.
3. In cast iron pan, melt butter or olive oil over medium heat. Pour in mixed eggs. Add kale, herbs and feta cheese. Place pan in oven. Cook for ten minutes until eggs are solid.
4. Cut in half and serve immediately.


iEat Green - Guest: Dan Marek - 09.21.17

September 21st, 2017

Dan Marek - School Programs Manager for Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market Foundation. Dan runs Whole Kids Foundation’s Healthy Teachers Program which is designed to provide teachers and school staff with nutrition inspiration and healthy cooking techniques to transform their own wellbeing, serve as healthy role models for their students, and be change agents in their own communities.  The Healthy Teachers Program has trained nearly 15.000 teachers and food service workers with a fun, interactive class that breaks down simple nutrition into digestible information that everyone can use. Prior to his role with Whole Kids Foundation, Dan worked as a Healthy Eating Educator at Whole Foods Market’s flagship store in Austin, TX, was a personal chef for some of Austin’s elite business people, taught classes in culinary techniques at Austin Community College, The Natural Epicurean, and Cordon Bleu. He is also a regular volunteer cooking or speaking about nutrition for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Marathon Kids, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas.  Dan is a board member of Slow Food Austin and earned his BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.


Miso Squash Soup with Ramen Noodles
14 cups water
2 Tbs wakame (dried seaweed) soaked in 1 cup of boiling water.
7 cloves garlic
1- 4” piece of ginger
1 organic onions, chopped
1-1/2 cups diced butternut squash
2 burdock root, peeled and grated
2 organic carrot, washed and chopped
2 organic celery, washed and chopped
2 cups chopped kale
1 cup green beans, cut into ¾” length
½ package organic tofu (firm or soft) cut into small cubes
1/3 cup white miso
1/3 cup red miso
1- block of ramen noodles for every 2 people, cooked according to directions
1. Fill a large pot with 14 cups of water.
2. Add the onions, carrots and burdock root and bring to a boil.
3. Add the ginger and garlic and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, chop the other vegetables and soak the wakame.
5. Cook the ramen noodles according to directions in a separate pot, then drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.
6. Add the remaining vegetables and tofu to large soup pot.
7. Cook for another 10 minutes.
8. Drain wakame and add to soup.
9. In a separate bowl, dissolve the miso with 2 cups of soup broth. Make sure all of the miso is dissolved before adding it back to the larger soup pot. Add the miso mixture back into the soup pot. Add more miso if desired for taste preferences. DO NOT BOIL THE SOUP ONCE THE MISO IS ADDED!
10. Place ramen noodles in the bottom of each individual bowl. Laddle hot soup on top.
11. For a little spice, serve with Shichimi Togarashi (red pepper mix, found in Japanese food stores or International aisle of supermarket)


iEat Green - Guest:Jodie Lindsay Popma-09.14.17

September 14th, 2017

Jodie Lindsay Popma believes in the power of food. After completing the Nutrition Consultant Training Program at Bauman College, she launched Smart Food Made Simple, a consultancy focused on teaching parents that food is an extremely powerful tool. Her mantra is straightforward: simple changes and smart choices help our children’s bodies and brains function optimally. When children are encouraged to eat whole foods at an early age it promotes lifelong positive food behaviors.  A good foundation begins at home, and parents have the power to create healthy habits that will yield a lifetime of benefits. Jodie works directly with families, school districts and community organizations to design affordable healthy meal plans that children will love. As a recipient of Project Produce: a Fruit and Veggie Grant for Schools from the Chef Ann Foundation, Jodie has been able to introduce a new fresh fruit or veggie to over 900 students each month during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. She also teaches cooking and nutrition courses at the Family Garden, a non-profit parenting center in Longmont, CO, as well as the Boulder County Farmers’ Market and preschool and middle school students at Flagstaff Academy. Jodie is a certified Share Our Strength, Cooking Matters® Instructor, an organization that educates parents and food service professionals on preparing foods for families on a budget. Originally from Downingtown, PA, Jodie moved to Colorado in 1995 and has lived there ever since, with her husband and two boys ages 9 and 11


Squash Vegetable Casserole
Preheat oven to 375*. You will need a 9” x 13” casserole pan.
olive oil
1 butternut Squash, de-seeded and sliced
1 eggplant
2 potatoes
2 Tbs. chopped parsley
2-3 red onions, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
2 Tbs. minced garlic
½ t. salt
3 Tbs. vegan pesto
¼ cup white wine

3 cups cashews, soaked for 3 hours
1 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs vegan pesto
2 Tbs. nutritional yeast
½ t. salt
2 small red onion, (1 cup diced)
2 stalks celery, (1/2 cup diced)
4 cups blanched Kale & Swiss Chard, chopped and water
squeezed out
2 small peppers- (3/4 cup diced)
1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
¼ t. salt
2 Tbs. minced garlic
¼ cup white wine
1. Sauté onion in olive oil with 2 Tbs. minced garlic. When onions are translucent, add the cherry tomatoes and
fire roasted tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes, then add the salt, and ¼ cup of white wine. Cook for 3 more
minutes until the wine has evaporated. Add 3 Tbs. pesto and salt and cook for 1 minute.
2. Remove tomato mixture into a bowl and set aside.
3. Toast the walnuts for 5 minutes, until fragrant. Chop
4. Remove stems from kale. Chop the Kale and Swiss Chard and blanch for 5 minutes. Remove into ice bath
and let cool. Drain and squeeze out the water
5. In same pan, sauté the remaining onion, celery, peppers, and garlic. When soft, add the ¼ cup wine and
deglaze the pan. Add the blanched greens and walnuts.
6. Drain the cashews. In a food processor or Vita Mix, combine the cashews with 2 cups of water, nutritional
yeast, pesto, garlic and salt. Blend until velvety smooth.
7. Grease the bottom and sides of the casserole pan.
8. Line the bottom of casserole pan with the slices of potato
9. Add ½ of the tomato mixture to the casserole pan in an even layer.
10. Add ½ of the kale mixture in an even layer.

11. Add 1/3 of the cashew cream and spread out in even layer.
12. Add an even layer of the eggplant slices over the cashew cream.
13. Add the remaining kale mixture to the casserole pan in an even layer.
14. Add another 1/3 of the cashew cream.
15. Add the squash slices in an even layer over the cashew cream.
16. Cover the squash slices with the remaining tomato mixture and spread in an even layer on top of the
17. Pour the remaining cashew cream on top and spread out.
18. Cover with tin foil and bake at 375* for 50 minutes. Remove tin foil and bake for 20 more minutes, until
golden brown.
19. Garnish with parsley

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