Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Family Food Night! What a Healthy Success

Around 250 people strolled into the brightly lit cafeteria after enjoying the magical Middle School Afterschool Showcase on a chilly December evening at Langston Hughes Academy. All types of folks from Edible Schoolyard, including both the garden team and network team had been busy prepping a
nd preparing for “Family Food Night, Give the Gift of Health” for weeks, and our hard work showed! The cafeteria was transformed into an indoor farmer’s market style venue, with families, students and teachers floating around the room tasting delicious, homemade morsels at each station. We had lovely volunteers from LHA helping with set-up and staffing tables! Mr. Matt and Ms. Eloise of the Edible Schoolyard made a delicious vegetarian lasagna that was a hit with all ages. Ms. Zuri, of ESY, and Renee Williams, a local herbalist, created different blends of teas and medicinal drinks for all to try, including a fantastic hibiscus tea made with the Dreamkeepers Garden own hibiscus flower! Amy, or Ms. Z, held it down for the third year straight with everyone’s favorite Green Smoothie Machine!

As families traveled from a homemade granola station, to the freshly cut sweet potato fries, to our librarians create-your-own snack table, they filled out a raffle card.  Upon completion they were entered into the raffle! Prizes were given including brand new ESY aprons, cook books, and Dreamkeeper garden bouquets. We had a few different lucky winners. Giving the gift of health is a top priority of the Edible Schoolyard and the Dreamkeepers of Langston Hughes and we were all excited at the numbers of people who cycled through Family Food Night collecting recipes, tasty treats, and delicious memories.  

Enjoy your own granola snack from this recipe below:

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut*
3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup assorted dried fruit


Preheat oven to 300°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir honey and oil in saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes. Place sheet on rack. Stir granola; cool. Mix in fruit. Enjoy!