“One of the important requirements for learning how to cook is that you also learn how to eat.”
— Julia Child

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 primarily vegetables and fruits, and healthy grains, legumes and other healthy staples in the weekly brown bags we deliver. That’s because we recognize fresh produce contains important nutrients, phytochemicals and other elements that keep us healthy.

These simple and delicious recipes – including some by Chef Poppy who offers monthly cooking classes at Grey Bears – feature informative food facts, recent research and seasonal foods. Bon appetit!

  • Eating for the fall season

    Eating for the fall season

    Why do we crave light, fresh salads in spring, refreshing fruits and high-energy carbs in summer, and heartier, fattier fare in the fall and winter? There are greater things at work than the ...

  • Chef Poppy’s Potato Salad

    Chef Poppy's Potato Salad

    Potato Salad 2 pounds of yukon gold potatoes 3 stalks of celery, sliced thinly, on the angle 1 medium sized red onion, thinly sliced 1 bunch of chopped Italian parsley 1 bunch of chopped dill Equal amounts of plain ...

  • Health tip: warm lemon water

    Health tip: warm lemon water

    Chef Poppy's health tip: Before drinking or eating anything else in the morning, have a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon. This flushes your digestive system and adds to hydration. Try it!

  • 8 Health Benefits of Watermelon

    8 Health Benefits of Watermelon

    Watermelon is by far one of the most beneficial body-healing fruits. The health benefits of watermelon cover everything from brain function to the cells in your feet. Watermelon is incredibly hydrating (up to ...

  • Mushrooms!…and Polenta

    Mushrooms!...and Polenta

    With the plethora of mushrooms after our well deserved rainy season here in California, we were able to taste many kinds of local mushrooms. Chef Poppy paired portobellos from the Grey Bears walk-in cooler ...

  • Beef Tagine and Israeli Couscous

    Beef Tagine and Israeli Couscous

    Chef Poppy takes us to North African for this recipe! A Tagine is a Berber dish named for the earthenware pot it is cooked in. The pot has a "chimney where the steam ...

  • Healing Spiced Tea

    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

    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’s Butternut Squash Soup, Rosemary Chicken + 2 sides

    Chef Poppy's Butternut Squash Soup, Rosemary Chicken + 2 sides

    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’s One Pot Spaghetti and Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

    Chef Poppy's One Pot Spaghetti and Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 ...