Category: Recipe

End Summer Hunger Recipe: Honey Dew Melon

Honey Dew Melon


Refreshing, delicious, and healthy — what more could you want from a smoothie?!

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Servings and Tastings: 8


  • 1 cup diced honeydew melon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup Almond Milk, Unsweetened Original
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 8 mint leaves


  • Put all ingredients into blender
  • Blend on high until mixed well, but still thick and creamy
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaf
  • Serve and enjoy!

End Summer Hunger Recipe: Black Bean Guacamole

Black Bean Guacamole

Guacamole is a staple summer dip. Perfect for parties, picnics or get togethers! The black beans in this recipe give the guacamole a whole new element of flavor that’s healthy, hearty, and nutritious!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Serving size: 2 tablespoons
Servings: 16
Tastes: 8


  • 5 avocados, diced
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place avocados, scallions and lime juice into a large bowl and mash avocados to a coarse puree
  • Stir in tomatoes, cilantro and beans
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Serve immediately with assorted dippers such as toasted whole wheat pita bread triangles, multi-grain tortilla chips, or crunchy veggies

End Summer Hunger Recipe: Summer Fun Fruit Kebabs

Summer Fun Fruit Kebabs



Super fun summer recipe – Fruit Kebabs! These kebabs are made with peaches, strawberries, plums and bananas. Also the dipping sauce is a divine combination of cream cheese and honey.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Serving size: 1 kebab
Servings and Tastings: 12


  • 3 fresh peaches, washed, pitted and quartered
  • 3 fresh plums, washed, pitted and quartered
  • 3 bananas
  • 12 strawberries, washed
  • 12 wooden skewers
  • 8 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey


  • Slice the green part off of the strawberry and then slice the strawberry in-half
  • Cut bananas into 1 ½ inch coins
  • Thread a peach quarter, a plum quarter, a banana coin, and strawberry half onto each skewer
  • Prepare dipping sauce by mixing cream cheese, honey and orange juice in small bowl
  • Dip fruit kebabs in sauce and enjoy

End Summer Hunger Recipe: Zucchini Lovers Lasagne

Zucchini Lovers Lasagne


We love this easy, nutritious, and fun take on lasagne! See full recipe below.

Prep time: 25 minutes
Serving size: 1/4 zucchini
Servings and Tastings: 4

• 1 zucchini
• 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
• 2 tablespoons fresh basil
• 2 tablespoons ricotta
• Pepper

• Chop ends off zucchini and cut zucchini in half.
• User very sharp knife to slice zucchini into thin slices.
• Lay two slices side-by-side and then top with fillings, layering between more zucchini slices.
• Garnish with pepper and serve.

Nutrient Dense Holiday Foods


We are all familiar with the holiday season routine: attending parties and  gatherings with family, friends, and colleagues and splurging over the never ending dinner table. When holidays are finally over, we cross our fingers  and nervously step on our bathroom scale  hoping we only gained a pound or two. Fortunately, many holiday foods such as pumpkin, turkey, cranberries, and sweet potatoes are nutrient dense and if prepared correctly and eaten in moderation can not only enhance our health but also can prevent us from gaining those holiday pounds.


Did you know one serving of pumpkin has nearly two-and-a-half times the recommended intake of vitamin A, which plays an important role in vision and skin health. In addition to being rich in vitamin A, pumpkin is also rich in iron, which plays a role in transporting oxygen to our cells. Try using pumpkin in healthy soups, homemade breads,  pumplin pies, and casserole dishes.


Turkey is not only a delicious protein but is a good source of B-vitamins, selenium and zinc, nutrients essential for optimal nerve and immune function. Hold off on eating the outer skin which is full of fat and go for the white meat which generally has a lower fat content than darker meat. Try basting your turkey with broth, sherry wine, and seasonings and less butter to reduce the fat content.


Cranberry is a super-food that provides color to our holiday dishes. It is rich in vitamin C, fiber and has more antioxidants than strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. When making cranberry sauce, try reducing the sugar content by 25% which still yields a delicious sauce. Try adding cranberries to meat dishes, muffins and desserts.

Sweet Potatoes

Don’t let the sweet nature of a sweet potato fool you. One medium sweet potato has over four times the recommended intake of vitamin A! It is also rich in vitamin C and Iron. So try incorporating sweet potatoes in your holiday dishes like  in potato salads, baked sweet potato fries, sweet potato ravioli stuffing, or even mashed sweet potatoes.

Holiday Recipe

Pumpkin Spiced Cranberry Sweet Potatoes



4 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
¼ teaspoon salt
2 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a 9×9 baking dish, combine the orange juice, vegetable oil, sugar, pumpkin spice, and salt.
3. Add potatoes and cranberries.
4. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

By Teresa Nigro, Cal Poly Dietetic Intern

The BEET: Heirloom Tomato, Peach, and Basil Summer Salad

Tomato, Basil and Peach Salad

At the Foodbank, we pride ourselves in teaching others the importance of and value in preparing seasonal recipes that nourish our body. And late Summer time is all about sweet and juicy tomatoes and peaches. The sweetness of the peach perfectly balances the acidity of the tomato, and lucky for us, they are both in season together. The colors alone will make your mouth water.

Tomatoes are an antioxidant powerhouse, their most famous antioxidant being lycopene. Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, and a good source of potassium, vitamin K, and manganese. Due to these powerful nutrients, tomatoes do a great job of protecting us from oxidative damage, reducing our risk for heart disease and certain cancers. Some studies also suggest that tomatoes help protect our bloodstream as well as our bone and kidney health.

With the peach’s beautiful coral and golden orange colors, you can be sure you are eating a great source of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is famous for promoting healthy vision, especially in low light. Vitamin A also helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, and skeletal and soft tissues. It’s a dynamite nutrient.

Please indulge in this delicious and colorful salad as you embrace the last few weeks of Summer. Your body will thank you!

Heirloom Tomato, Peach, and Basil Summer Salad

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 2 heirloom tomatoes (any color), cored and thinly slicedTomatoes and Peaches
  • 2 ripe peaches, cored and thinly sliced
  • ¼ of a red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup torn or julienned fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste


Combine the tomatoes, peaches and red onion in a bowl and toss with the basil, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until evenly mixed. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to two days. Enjoy in the sunshine with family if possible!


  • Nectarines for peaches if you prefer smooth to fuzzy skin
  • Apple cider vinegar for Balsamic vinegar for a milder taste


  • A sprinkle of creamy feta or goat cheese for cheese lovers
  • Pistachios or walnuts for a sweet crunch

Butter Lettuce Nectarine Salad


1/3 cup walnuts
5 cups butter lettuce or any type of lettuce
2 ripe nectarines, pitted and sliced
2 tbls bottled raspberry vinaigrette dressing


  • Add walnuts to a skillet placed over medium, high heat.
  • Toast nuts until they start to deeply brown in spots and smell fragrant. Set aside.
  • Wash and dry lettuce and tear into bite sized pieces. Place lettuce in a large serving bowl and add nectarines.
  • Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss gently to coat.
  • Sprinkle with toasted walnuts.

Serves 4, serving size 11/2 cups

Colorful Kale Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes
Serving size: 1 ½ cups
Servings: 3
Tastes: 6


  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper
  • 4 cups finely chopped kale, tough ribs removed
  • 2 cups finely chopped red cabbage
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 2 apples, grated with peels on
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds


  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper
  • In a large bowl, mix together the kale, red cabbage, carrots, and apples
  • Pour dressing over the kale mixture and toss to combine.
  • Ideally cover and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, until the kale begins to soften and wilt
  • Sprinkle with sunflower seeds immediately before serving



Easy Split Pea Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil

2.5 spicy Italian sausages, uncooked and removed from casing

1 large yellow onion

1 ¾ cups split peas

6 cups chicken stock

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a large stock pot heat olive oil over medium heat, add the sausage, using a spatula to break apart the meat, brown on all sides. Meanwhile dice the onion, add to the browned meat, and cook until onion is soft about 6 to 8 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the split peas stirring to absorb the cooking liquid, then add the stock, bring to a boil, and reduce heat. Simmer soup for 60 minutes or until the peas are very soft and beginning to break apart.  Season soup with kosher salt and freshly ground salt and pepper to taste. Makes 3 hearty servings.