Today, as part of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day, as an Ohio ambassador, I did a cooking demonstration and recipe sampling during my church's food distribution day. When I've worked the distribution in the past, I had noticed a number of food that folks chose not to take because they didn't know what to do with it. Additionally, many folks think cooking requires lots of fancy equipment and gadgetry. I wanted to make healthy and simple recipes using the sort of food that the food pantry distributes. We work in cooperation with the local Second Harvest Foodbank once a month to distribute food.
The recipes I chose were chosen for simplicity, common ingredients, and nutritional density. The simple and light coleslaw recipe listed below was made with four simple ingredients, cabbage, apples, dried fruit (we used dried figs and raisins as that was one of the items we had to distribute today), and lemon yogurt. The yogurt is a healthier substitution for a mayonnaise based dressing and it adds protein and calcium to the recipe. This apple coleslaw is high in fiber, vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, potassium, iron, protein, and low in fat.
The event was well received by the recipients, we gave away over 50 recipe cards and 100 samples. An informal survey indicated that several folks were excited to have new recipes. We had a lot of conversations about healthy diet and reading labels and avoiding processed food. We enjoyed the event so much that it may become something we do monthly.