Recipes

What we eat and how we care for our bodies has a very powerful effect on our health and quality of life. Grey Bears strives to include a balanced assortment of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the weekly brown bag we deliver. That’s because we recognize fresh produce contains important nutrients, phytochemicals and other elements that keep us healthy.

Healthy, simple and delicious recipes like these are included in our newsletters and also feature informative food facts, recent research and seasonal foods. Enjoy!

  • Beef Tagine and Israeli Couscous

    A Tagine is a North African Berber dish named for the earthenware pot it is cooked in. The pot has a "chimney where the steam rises and goes back into the pot." We ...

  • Healing Spiced Tea

    Featuring ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup, this tea is a warm treat that supports digestion. Ingredients ⅓ cup ginger, peeled and sliced, cut ¼ inch thick 10 cups water 3 Tbs coriander seeds 1½ Tbs cardamom pods 4 ...

  • Healthy Recipe: Carrot Ginger Soup

    A winter favorite that is sure to deliver the warmth and comfort during these cold and rainy months. Ingredients 1 quart of vegetable broth 2 lbs. carrots, peeled and chopped 2 tsp ginger, peeled and finely minced 2 ...

  • Chef Poppy Recipes, September 2016

    Fall Has Arrived! We cooked with our fall vegetables last week.  Even though there were a few glitches in our class (like no burners!) we plowed through the recipes and had a delicious lunch. ...

  • Chef Poppy Recipes, October 2016

    Apple Season and October Recipes The best fresh apples can be found at the Farmer's Markets right now.  I drove down to Watsonville to the Gizdich Ranch to check out a real apple farm. ...

  • 5 Nutrition Tips for Fall – Plus 3 Recipes

    Fall brings shorter days, longer nights, cooler weather and a new menu of seasonal foods to help keep your body balanced and well. The fall harvest is full of antioxidant- and fiber-laden fare ...

  • From the Garden with Chef Poppy

    That's really what we did last Saturday at our Grey Bears Cooking Class. All of those beautiful tomatoes, basil and squash came from the gardens in the area because they are in season. ...

  • Mushroom and broccoli frittata

    Enjoy this healthy and delicious recipe for breakfast, brunch or anytime. Ingredients 3 cups potatoes, diced 1 large yellow onion, diced (optional: 3-4 spring onions) 8 large eggs 3 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil Salt and black pepper 1 ...

  • Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

    Grey Bears brown bags feature nutritious dried split peas this month. Add other veggies regularly found in your brown bag to make this favorite Split Pea Soup recipe that is both hearty and heart healthy. Serve with a thick ...

  • Balsamic Glazed Root Vegetables

    This satisfying, healthy and easy-to-make roasted root dish will be a crowd-pleaser for your winter get-togethers, or will provide you with plenty of leftovers. Use any root vegetables that you like such as those ...

  • Green Bean Casserole – Recipe

    Thanksgiving Favorites: Green Bean Casserole Ingredients 1 Tbs coconut oil 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced 1/8” thick 1/2 medium onion, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb green beans, chopped into 1-inch pieces and cooked in boiling water until tender 2 ...

  • End of Summer Panzanella

    Originally, panzanella was a Tuscan salad made of day-old bread, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, salt and vinegar. Over the years, there have been renditions with fall vegetables, sweet fruits, grilled versions and more. ...

  • Roasted Potato Wedges with Avocado Chimichurri

    These potatoes make an excellent side dish to any protein of your choice. The paprika lends a smoky flavor that goes excellent with anything you’re throwing on the grill. INGREDIENTS: 3 medium Sweet, Russet, white ...

  • Awesome Apple Oatmeal

    Start your day off right with this easy to make, heart-healthy breakfast grain which stars apple, banana and dried fruit to add natural sweetness. (Note: we made this recipe with Trader Joe's Oven ...

  • Classic Pesto Recipe

    Enjoy this yummy pesto recipe without cheese. Basil is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium. This classic recipe without cheese tastes indulgent when stirred into ...

  • Potato Squash Curry

    This mild, soupy recipe starts with items often found in your Grey Bears brown bag - potatoes, onions and squash, and can be served with rice. Enjoy with whole wheat tortillas or pitas ...