by Olee Fowler
Kicking off the new year on a healthy foot was the theme at the January edition of Third Thursday Cooking Demo hosted by Macy’s and Chat Chow TV. Demonstrating to the crowd how to make simple organic dishes were the women from Endlessly Organic along with cookbook author and lifestyle advisor Lora Krulak.
First up was teaching the crowd how to make the perfect roasted vegetables. Krulak started by slicing up organic zucchini, squash and broccoli into small, medallion-sized pieces then tossed them lightly in butter and spread out on a cooking sheet. She then baked them for about 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven until slightly brown and caramelized. Once out of the oven she tossed the vegetables with tarragon, but noted to the crowd that any fresh herb would work well in it.
Krulak then showed the crowd her formula to a perfect green smoothie. She started by filling a blender with a handful of dark leafy greens and an avocado, which would be used to add creaminess to the smoothie along with helping to bind it. To that mixture she added one sliced apple, a sprinkle of sea salt, lime juice, water, and then blended until smooth. She encouraged the crowd to play around with this base recipe according to their taste, but also advised not to add in nuts because when mixed with fruits have an adverse effect on the digestive system.
For the final dish of the night Krulak created a chopped vegetable salad with a lemon tarragon dressing. She first showed the crowd how to make the simple dressing, which consisted of olive oil, lemon juice, tarragon, apple cider vinegar, and a splash of soy sauce to help highlight all the flavors in the dressing. Krulak then shred radish, red onion and fennel through a Cusinart Food Processor until finely chopped and combined with the dressing for a quick and healthy meal.
Throughout the cooking demonstration Krulak and the Endlessly Organic team discussed the benefits of organic cooking, answered questions about the Endlessly Organic CSA food share program, and any other questions the crowd had to help hem start off the year in the most healthy way possible.
Don’t worry if you missed this month’s Third Thursday Cooking series – there are plenty of great demonstrations coming in 2014. The events are free and open to the public just make sure to RSVP on the Macy’s page. See you there!