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Recipe of the Month


Asian Chicken Salad 



2 boneless chicken breasts, skin on

5 cups Chinese cabbage, sliced thin

1/2 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup minced scallion

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 TBS toasted sesame seeds


2 TBS extra olive oil

2 TBS soy sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

3 TBS honey

pinch red pepper flakes

salt & white pepper to taste




1. Preheat broiler. Place a stainless steel (be sure the handle is also stainless steel) or cast iron skillet in the broiler, about 7 inches from the heat source, to get it very hot. Season chicken with a little salt and pepper.

2. While pan is heating, thinly slice cabbage, and shred carrot. Carrot is easily shredded in food processor with shredding blade. Otherwise you can shred it by hand, or slice it thin. Chop cilantro and scallion cabbage and carrot mixture. Add sliced almonds.  

3. When pan is hot, about 10 minutes, remove from broiler, and place chicken in pan, skin side up, and return to broiler. Cook for about 15 minutes depending on thickness of chicken. This is our Quick Broil cooking method. When done and cool enough to touch, remove skin, and cut into bite-size pieces.

4. Whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Toss with cabbage mixture and chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. (You can buy sesame seeds that are already toasted.)


Our first carrot harvest of the season!
Ready for some cauliflower!    
-- Thank You --
 The Good Food Project earnestly thanks the following businesses and individuals for their support in providing plants, supplies or services for the community garden.
Beth Erwin
Nazarene Baptist Church
Dry Prong First Baptist Church
Volunteers of America   
What You Can Plant this Month

Swiss Chard
Mustard Greens
Peppers (hot)
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Sustainable Garden
  Tip of the Month

Draw beneficial insects and control pests by planting flowers for borders in your garden. Sweet Alyssum is a low-growing annual that makes a lovely white, highly fragrant edging for flower beds, or a fast-growing, beneficial-attracting, weed-smothering ground-cover to inter-plant in vegetable beds. Numerous studies have confirmed that sweet alyssum is highly attractive to aphid-eating flower flies. You can start with seeds, or buy bedding plants for earlier flowering.   



Good Food Project Garden News


February 2013

"Plants are like people: they're all different and a little bit strange." - John Kehoe


Volunteer of the Month  

Dry Prong First Baptist Church  


The Good Food Project is extremely fortunate to have so many organizations that are willing to take time out of their busy schedules and volunteer in the garden. Without the understanding and support of these organizations, our project would not survive. This month we would like to recognize a group of children who are heartfelt and dedicated to serving their community- the Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors of the First Baptist Church in Dry Prong, Louisiana.


The GA's and RA's are children in 1st through 6th grade who meet every Wednesday night to passionately learn about both local and foreign missions. They are encouraged even at a young age that they too can be active in missionary work and help others in their community.

Upon learning of the Good Food Project's mission to provide nutritious food to those in need, the children were more than eager to get their hands dirty and participate in such a wonderful concept. GA leader Kim Byer explains that working in the garden not only provides the community with fresh vegetables, but it also allows people of all ages learn how to grow and maintain a garden. "We were excited to be a part of it," Kim says.


During their time working in the demonstration garden, the children learned how to harvest vegetables, start seedlings in the hoops house, use shovels, wheelbarrows and rakes to help lay mulch for the pathways, and plant flowers. Another big task was sorting and organizing the donated seed packets, which was a great way to familiarize the children with different types of produce. "The children had no idea there were so many different kinds of vegetables and flowers," explains Kim.


The Good Food Project would like to thank all of the children associated with the First Baptist Church of Dry Prong's Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors for their volunteerism and charismatic willingness to help others in their community. Because of your hard work, we are able to feed fresh, healthy food to more of the Food Bank client's.

Healthy Snacking at the YMCA      


In the high speed world that we live in, it seems easier and more convenient to pull through a fast food place or grab a bag of cookies or chips at the gas station. It's not hard to lapse into unhealthy eating habits, especially when it comes to your children who are often perceived as picky eaters. However, there is no better time to get your children on daily routines and better eating habits than when they are young. Obesity, type two diabetes, and especially high cholesterol rates are soaring among children. A healthy diet will not only prevent a lot of these maladies, but will increase energy levels, help kids perform better in school, and increase self-esteem. Maintain healthy habits and a healthy weight, and your child's body and mind will follow.
As a part of the Community Garden Project at the YMCA, encouraging healthy eating habits is an important goal we want to achieve with the kids. By bringing healthier options for their after school snack, they are able to try new things and familiarize themselves with different fruits and vegetables. It's also a great opportunity to incorporate the produce from their garden into their weekly activities. The kids have enjoyed making (and eating!) veggie pizzas, ants on a log, and pumpkin bread. Introducing fruits and vegetables to the after school children at the YMCA has been a very fun (and maybe a bit challenging) experience. But hopefully teaching them good eating habits now when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults.

Join us for WORKDAY WEDNESDAY every week from 8am to 12pm! All adults and children are invited to come out for a fun day of learning and giving back to the CENLA community.
Let's grow together!

Planting at the YMCA garden.
Nick eating cherries for the first time- he's now a big fan!
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