We Have Something FREE & FUN For You!

Announcing The Country Cupboard’s FREE Cooking Classes A Peek in the Pantry
Ever wonder what to do with coconut oil or quinoa or how to use more whole wheat in your diet? You’ve heard such-and-such is good for you, but have no idea how to use it. Maybe you need ideas for packed lunches. Beginning in January, we will be offering free cooking/information classes in the evenings. The topics will be announced several weeks in advance. You must sign up for the classes and space will be limited. Our first class is:
From Wheat to Eat
Homemade Pizza in 45 minutes
Thursday, January 8 – 7:00-8:00 pm

HELP!

We need your help knowing what other classes to offer. Please name your top two below or share a topic not listed.
1. Coconut Oil 101
2. Homemade Salad Dressings
3. Benefits/how to use a high powdered blender
4. Salad ideas
5. How to use beans
6. How to use grains
7. Homemade Yogurt
8. Pies and Pie Crust
9. Chocolate Chip Cookies 101
10. How to Make Quick Breads
11. How to Make Yeast Breads
12. Creative (but not weird) Veggies
13. Packed Lunches Ideas
14. 10+ Steps to Healthier Eating
Hello Gluten Free (and other Allergy Free) Friends 

Whether it’s a food allergy, diet restriction or personal preference, we know
staying away from gluten is not always fun. Social eating can be challenging and food events just aren’t the same. So we’re creating a fun, exciting, special food day here at The Country Cupboard just for our gluten free friends. Join us all day Saturday, January 21st to sample our gluten free items. Come for lunch – GF sandwiches, snacks and treats for less than $5. Watch your email for coupons and more info for this special events. In the meantime, spread the word to your GF friends, join us for a great day and meet others to share recipes, tips, and experience.

 

What is Nutritional Yeast?

No, this is not yeast you make bread with. This deactivated nutritional yeast is a rich source of B-complex vitamins, often high in B12, an important vitamin that much of the population is deficient in. Sprinkle the flakes on popcorn, salads, soups and casseroles for a boost of nutrients. Add 2 T. to your scrambled eggs or mix with olive oil to season green beans. This complete protein has a cheesy taste and a great flavor. It is perfect for Pizza Hummus (below). Each serving contains 8 grams of protein and a number of vitamins and minerals.

 

Pizza Hummus
You’ve probably heard of the term hummus. Sounds kind of gross, right? Wrong! This pizza hummus is loved by little people and big people alike. It’s the perfect way to ease into the new year with some healthiness. We eat this with pretzels, crackers, or carrots. Put it between two tortillas for super-fast pizza quesadillas. And although I just spent time writing about nutritional yeast, I really prefer this recipe without it. Try it either way and let me know what you prefer.

Makes approximately 4 1/2 cups – 1 serving = 1/4 cup

3 cups garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 1/4 cups water
3 3/4 tsp basil
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic
3 tsp crushed red peppers, or to taste
1 1/2 tsp oregano
3/4 cup tomato paste

1.  Put all ingredients in a food processor, or high-powered blender.
2.  Blend until smooth.
3.  Serve at room temp, or chilled. Store in fridge and use within a week.

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