• 28Jan

    Spring Vegetable Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Garden Peas and Turkey Bacon.

    This side item will be featured in Good Measure Meal’s new Spring, Summer menu. I tested the Spring Vegetable Whole Wheat Pasta Salad today.

    As I was chopping and mixing I started to daydream about asparagus. It really is a tremendous vegetable!

    Asparagus is packed full of a ton of healthy stuff. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, the B vitamin folate, vitamin C, vitamin A. Asparagus is a very good source of numerous B vitamins – including B1, B2, B3 and B6 – as well as dietary fiber, manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium and protein. WOW this little guy does A LOT!

    This salad will be served with: Herbed Balsamic Grilled Chicken Breast topped with Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce and Fresh Arugula on a Whole Wheat Bun Half.

    Let us know what you think by posting a comment!

    Cheers to our friend asparagus.

  • 19Jan

    I like to look at food trends to get ideas for new menu items. It is a really good way to see what is hot in the food world.

    The annual National Restaurant Association survey of American Culinary Federation member chefs is a comprehensive culinary forecast and menu trends prediction report. More than 1,800 professional chefs ranked nearly 215 culinary items as a “hot trend,” “yesterday’s news,” or “perennial favorite” on restaurant menus in 2010.

    The number one and number two top trends for the Breakfast/Brunch category were

    1. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items

    2. Traditional ethnic breakfast items (e.g. huevos rancheros)

    If you are curious about this particular food survey. Click here: http://www.restaurant.org/pdfs/research/whats_hot_2010.pdf

    I bet you can guess what our newest breakfast item is for the new spring, summer menu….

    Yes! Our own version of huevos rancheros.

    Layers of corn tortillas, eggs, black beans, Monterrey and cheddar jack cheeses, and fat free sour cream.

    Layers of corn tortillas, eggs, black beans, Monterrey and cheddar jack cheeses, and fat free sour cream.

    Good Measure Meals Vice President, Elston Collins and Senior Director of Program and Policy Development and Dietitan for Good Measure Meals, Charlotte Hayes taste the new breakfast with high approval.

    Good Measure Meals Vice President, Elston Collins and Senior Director of Program and Policy Development and Dietitan for Good Measure Meals, Charlotte Hayes taste the new breakfast with high approval.

    Chris Mayer loves this new addition. Chris is Good Measure Meals Sales Support and does Customer Service for us too.

    Chris Mayer loves this new addition. Chris is Good Measure Meals Sales Support and does Customer Service for us too.

    The results were unanimous – this one is good!

    Let us know what you think.

    Have you come accross any hot new food trends that we should know about???

  • 18Jan

    I’ve been doing a lot of recipe testing this week. I’m working on the next spring, summer menu. It will launch at the end of March. Here is a preview of two new dinners.

    Thai Mango Curry with Grilled Chicken over Brown Basmati Rice. This recipe was developed by one of our runner up winners, Benjamin Sessions, in our first annual recipe contest. Thank you Benjamin for this awesome recipe idea!

    This is the vegetarian version (below) – made with sesame tofu.

    Both will be served with stir fried vegetables.

    AND

    Chicken Piccata Pasta with a Lemony White Wine and Caper Sauce over Spinach Fettuccine Noodles.

    The vegetarian version is similar but the chicken is replaced with a Cashew and Chickpea Patty.

    These will be served with a sauteed vegetable blend.

    Both of these recipes were evaluated by Good Measure Meals and Open Hand staff. I made minor tweaks to both recipes and retested them until I got the right flavor and everyone approved them.

    Please let me know what you think. Are you excited for these new additions?

    It is not too late to let me know what you want to see in the new menu. I will dedicate a meal to you. Just let me know what you want!

  • 04Jan

    Happy New Year everyone!

    This is an exciting time of year. A time for new beginnings.

    Resolutions can be really tough!

    Set yourself up for successful accomplishments by following some of these important tips-

    1) Make it something YOU REALLY WANT to do!

    · It cannot come from the influences of other people.

    · It cannot be something you “should do”. It has to be something you “want to do”.

    · To be a success the resolution has to come from within and it has to be something we really want to do for ourselves.

    2) Make it achievable!

    · Is it something you can actually accomplish?

    · Break down long term goals into smaller more achievable goals.

    · It might help to think about your resolution month by month or even week by week.

    3) Make it an action & make it positive

    · For example:

    o Don’t say: I want to lose weight this year.

    o Instead make it an action by saying how you will lose weight this year (running, cutting down on portions, eating more fruits and vegetables, swimming….)

    o Make it positive – Don’t say you will lose weight by doing something unhealthy like starving yourself on the weekends! Make it a positive change and keep it healthy.

    A good way to start is to write down your large long term resolutions (keeping all of the above in mind) and then break them down by writing smaller action plans.

    Your action plan/goal should look something like this:

    I want to lose weight by walking (this is your action), for 30 minutes (specify how much or how long), when I get home from work (when do you want to do it?), on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for 2 weeks (specify how often).

    OR

    I want to eat more vegetables (this is your action), by eating 1 cup of raw salad (specify how much or how long), at dinnertime (when do you want to do it?), every Monday and Thursday for 3 months (specify how often).

    Remember to have fun with it! If you fall off track, just start again – keep trying until you achieve your goals! You can do it!