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

Tune in to Cooking with Grey Bears every Monday at 1pm via Zoom. Led by Chef Matt Hereford and guest chefs including Chef Poppy DeGarmo, we’ll feature savory and easy-to-prepare recipes that include items found in Healthy Food program deliveries.

Clickable link for the live classes: We’ll also be posting recipes below and recorded shows on our YouTube page soon. Buon Appetito!

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!

  • 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 ...

  • End of Summer Panzanella

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 ...

  • Rosemary Red Soup

    Rosemary Red Soup

    This recipe comes to us from Feeding the Whole Family, a book by Bastyr University faculty member Cynthia Lair. Its gorgeous red color, texture, and rosemary-infused flavor will make it a big hit ...

  • Roasted Curried Whole Cauliflower

    Roasted Curried Whole Cauliflower

    A member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, Cauliflower deserves a regular rotation in your diet. It contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytochemicals. Together with its ...

  • Tunisian Sweet Potato Stew

    Tunisian Sweet Potato Stew

    Once you've sampled this intoxicating combination of sweet potatoes, peanut butter and spices you'll wonder why you never thought to combine these ingredients as they do in this North African country. This hearty stew ...

  • Greek Salad Recipe

    Greek Salad Recipe

    This classic Greek salad of tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives, feta, and oregano gets a crunchy boost from nontraditional romaine or other lettuce. This version can be served as a light meal with some ...

  • Mujadara


    Lebanese Lentils, Rice and Caramelized Onions (Mujadara) This recipe dates back to a medieval Arab dish commonly consumed by the poor, reputed to be a derivative of the "mess of pottage" Jacob used to ...

  • Lentil Soup Recipe

    Lentil Soup Recipe

    We have included a cup of green lentils in this week's brown bag so you can enjoy this traditional, warming soup on these rainy days. Lentils are high in protein, healthy and this ...

  • Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale

    Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale

    Enjoy this simple recipe for a delicious soup that takes about 45 minutes to make and will warm you up on these cold rainy evenings. Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving 1 small head ...

  • Crock Pot Lentil Soup

    Crock Pot Lentil Soup

    Turn vegetable soup into something extra delicious. One of our Grey Bears members told us about this easy crock pot lentil soup that is one of their family favorites. You can prepare it ...

  • Mixed Bean and Fall Squash Stew

    Mixed Bean and Fall Squash Stew

    Use a combination of white and red or other beans for this savory stew. If you have them, the fresh or frozen limas add a pale green, fresh bean to the mix. Soaking ...