Monday, April 18, 2011

Apricot and Snow Pea Stir Fry

Pea pods are April’s Harvest of the Month.  Students in the garden have enjoyed learning about the varying types of peas and beans including, snap peas, snow peas and fava beans.  In the Nutrition Gazebo, students made a phenomenal snow pea stir-fry.  The stir-fry was a perfect balance between sweet and sour flavors.  The best part, it only took 6 minutes.  See the recipe below to try this recipe at home.

*2 tsp olive oil
*1 tbsp soy sauce
*3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
*1/2 lb snow peas, trim ends
*1/3 cup sliced, dried apricots
*1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
*1/2 cup apricot preserve

In a large frying pan over medium heat, add oil and garlic. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute. Then add the apricots, apricot preserve, soy sauce and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add snow peas and simmer for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Eat plain or serve over rice.
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Student ripping an apricot into small pieces.

Students ripped the tops and bottoms off the snow peas.  The unused parts of the peas were fed to the garden worms.
A student adding the ingredients to the wok.
A sample of the finished product.

Signs of Spring

The sun was shinning in the garden this April.  Temperatures rose and the plants have grown!  We are slowly transitioning our beds, removing cover crop and planning spring vegetables.  I can already taste the strawberries and plums in our near future.

Our first sweet pea!

Our first strawberries starting to form
Cabbage ready for harvesting
Butter lettuces ready to be planted
Baby lettuces in the beds
Broccoli starts in the ground
Poppies grown alongside the plum tree

Scrumptious Stuffed Dates

This April students studied the role of energy in the body. Elementary students need the energy and the nutrients in fruits and vegetables to grow and flourish. Dates are a tasty source of energy. Dates are a dried fruit grown on palm trees. Dates are grown commonly grown in California. The naturally sweet flavor of dates makes them very popular. Dates are also rich in iron, fiber, potassium and copper. Bay View students stuffed dates with sunflower butter and topped them with coconut. This tasty treat is great for an after school snack, an appetizer or a desert.

Scrumptious Stuffed Dates

*1 date cut in half
*1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter or peanut butter
*1 tablespoon shredded coconut

*Stuff sunflower seed butter into the dates
*Sprinkle with coconut.

Dates cut in half.

Stuffing dates with sunflower seed butter.
Sprinkling dates with shredded coconut.

The finished product.  Yum!