Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Purple Asparagus
Purple Asparagus educates children, families, and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.
Purple Asparagus educates children, families, and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.

Purple Asparagus's posts

Post has attachment
Today: fun event 7:30pm to bnft #FoodEducation in diverse #Chicago cmties!
@ABC7Chicago pic

Post has attachment
We had a great time on +WGN News, making Carrot Tacos, Beet Hummus, & more... Did you know that We've been serving up children's Delicious Nutritious Adventures in  #foodeducation  for 10 years? 
We're celebrating our 10th anniversary, and that's our 1st reason to give $10... So let's keep it up for another ten - consider giving $10 today! 

2: Our first major program, 10 years ago in 2005, was leading +Green City Market's Sprouts program! We brought fresh fruits and veggies for children to taste, teaching them recipes with fun in mind! And if you give $10, who knows where we'll be in another 10 years! :) 

3: People always ask, “how did you come up the name, Purple Asparagus?” We can thank #JamesBeard Award-winner Mike Gebert of Sky Full of Bacon for it! He presented to us a list of 20 mostly traditional monikers, and out of left field came Purple Asparagus! It resonated since we love to teach kids about the wide variety of #fruitsandveggies  available to us outside the industrial food system... 

And just like our Delicious Nutritious Adventures, kids think the name Purple Asparagus is fun! Let's give more children the chance to have fun making and enjoying #healthy  foods, donate $10 today! 
#Chicago   #healthyfood   #realfood   #fruitsandveggies  

Post has attachment
Hey all you Purple Asparagus fans! We are proud to announce the launch of our 2014 Corks and Crayons online silent auction! The auction is now live and you can begin bidding on items at this link:! The online auction will be open until Friday, August 22 at midnight! Make sure to keep checking in as we will be adding new items regularly! Remember that all proceeds support our efforts to bring nutrition education to students throughout the school year! Bid now and share this with your friends!

Post has attachment
Want more knowledge and skills to keep your family healthy? Check out the +Healthy Children Conference + Expo: Personal Chef Alia Dalal will be leading one of our Delicious Nutritious Adventures!  Save up to 50% off to #HCCE14  with this +Groupon

Sought after presenters include: 
- Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You're Expecting, 
- Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health and Work-Life Balance. With Pediatrician & author, Dr. +Wendy Sue Swanson 
- Our friend, Reed Alexander, +iCarly actor and author of KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes

And kids can have fun with entertainment like Radio Disney's road crew, Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel, and Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team!
#healthykids   #healthyfood   #Chicago   #cooking  

Post has attachment
Herbalicious! This is an easy way to get your #herbs in and make foods tastier and healthier. We use parsley, mint, rosemary, and/or basil in some of our Delicious Nutritious Adventures recipes. They work in many kid-friendly foods, and there's almost no limit on what you can make with them! 

You can have your little ones help mix the different herbs together in a bowl and sort them in the ice cube tray- and they can even pour the olive oil in. :)
From Cafe Soroni, Food, Inc. (+TakePart)  & The Farmacy
#healthyfood   #kidsfood   #healthykids   #kidfood   #fooded  

From Food, Inc.: "Food tip: Freeze your herbs in olive oil for easy seasoning! (via The Farmacy)"

Post has attachment
Does your little eater sometimes make this face at the prospect of eating new foods?  Make it more approachable:  
S/he may be feeling (unintentional) plate pressure. Although trying new foods can be very enjoyable, it can sometimes be stressful for kids. 

But you can make it more fun, by teaching your kids the art of tasting. :) It's an important, and fairly simple, process to hone. And the ideas at link are pretty similar to our approach to tasting.
From +MOMables via My Munch Bug
#kidfood   #healthykids   #healthyfood  

Post has attachment
Don't you just love this Julia Child  #cooking  quote?
"An empty plate is always the cook's best compliment"   
From +Foodimentary 
#cooks   #cook    #foodimentary   #NationalComplimentDay  

Post has attachment
Join us for a Delicious Nutritious Adventure at the Healthy Children Conference + Expo, this March. Excited to be part of their jam-packed weekend of interactive, family learning and fun!  With wonderful presenters, product & cooking demos on children's health and wellness, plus entertainment. :) 

We're so happy to have Personal Chef and Purple Asparagus volunteer, Alia Dalal, leading a Delicious Nutritious Adventure at their Cooking Corner! That's on Sunday, March 9 at 2:15pm. Check it out on the CC schedule, at link above.
#HCCE14   #healthykids   #Chicago   #kidscooking   #familytime   #fooded  

Post has attachment
If one of your resolutions is to eat healthier, keeping it simple can help. Make some tasty progress for yourself and health-oriented organizations, check out INSPIRED! Healthy 6-Ingredient Recipes for the Time-Pressed Cook. 
Cooks & chefs like our own founder, Chef +Melissa Graham offer their recipes, like Melissa's Avocado-Corn Salsa recipe. And many more like: 

+Dawn Jackson Blatner's Simple Miso Soup,  
+Darya Pino Rose's Cabbage and Eggs,
Our Board Member, Jill Houk's Sun-dried Tomatoes w/ Fresh Ricotta & Rosemary, with Balsamic Glaze... & many more healthy recipes!

It benefits many health and well-being oriented non-profits, including us -+Purple Asparagus, Family Farmed, Inspiration Corporation, +Growing Home (Chicago)... and other great organizations, too!
#recipe   #charity   #chefs   #Chicago   #fooded  

Post has attachment
Check out these mighty #asparagus  surviving the snow. :)
From +Slow Food USA's FB: 
Wait while more posts are being loaded