Distribution of the Co-op Dollar

Shopping at the Moscow Food Co-op is definitely a different experience than shopping at a conventional grocery store. But do you know why? Take a look at this breakdown of where your money goes when you shop with us!

Dollar-Distribution

Panzanella (Tomato Bread Salad)

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It’s bread… it’s salad… it’s bread… it’s salad! Two words that don’t typically go together, but we think should. And really, who’s favorite part of their salad isn’t the croutons? This recipe for panzanella, or Tuscan tomato bread salad is a great way to use up old bread and use all those tomatoes and peppers from the garden or farmers market. It’s incredibly simple to make– the hardest part is letting the salad rest for an hour while it absorbs the dressing.

To make the panzanella you will need:
1 baguette or loaf of 1-2 day old bread
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves or quarters
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tear or chop bread into bite-size pieces and coat with two tablespoons of olive oil. Spread bread in a single layer on a baking pan and toast for 10-15 minutes. Let cool. In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, oil, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. Place bread, tomatoes, peppers and basil in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the top and toss gently to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for at least an hour, or until the bread has absorbed the dressing.  Garnish with more basil.

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Cucumber Salsa

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Our kitchen’s made-from-scratch products are ever changing and growing as we develop more relationships with local growers and this cucumber salsa is a perfect example. We’re able to use local cucumbers, herbs, onions, tomatoes and peppers to highlight the flavors of the season. And now we’re sharing the recipe with you!

To make this salsa you will need:

1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
1/2 pound cucumber, peeled, seeded, & diced
1/4 pounds red onion, finely diced
1/4 pounds fresh tomato, seeded & minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely diced
1/4 cup fresh mint, finely diced
1  fresh jalapeno, seeded & minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon safflower oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Peel the cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds with a spoon. Then finely dice them. Prep the rest of the vegetables as directed and place them all in a large bowl. Whisk together the safflower oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Toss with the vegetables, adjusting salt and pepper to taste. Serve with tortilla chips or as a refreshing topping for tacos.

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Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing

If you’re looking for ways to pack a more eco-friendly lunch, look no further. We have the tools and tricks for you! Over time, lunch bags, sandwich bags and individually wrapped items can add up (both in your bank account and in the landfill). Try some of these environmentally-friendly items, available in our Wellness Department.

EcoFriendlyLunchPacking1. Life Factory silicone-wrapped glass water bottle- $17.99. These bottles are BPA-free and the silicone sleeve helps prevent breaking. We also carry baby bottles and food storage containers.
2. Keep Leaf reusable pouch- $5.99. Send sandwiches in these fabric pouches and you’ll eliminate the need for plastic sandwich bags.
3. Klean Kanteen food canisters- $17.95-$34.99. Made of food-grade stainless steel, these canisters are meant to keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Great for soup!
4. Squooshi reusable pouch- $5.99. Squooshi pouches are BPA-free, Phthalate-free, PVC-free, and Lead-free. You can fill them from the bottom with yogurt, mashed foods or even oatmeal, then wash them a use them over and over.
5. U-Konserve sweat-free ice pack- $9.99. No one likes to open their lunch box to find their food all wet from a sweaty ice pack! These fabric pouches are filled with a non-toxic gel pack made from recycled water bottles and are guaranteed to leave your food cold and dry.
6. Bento Buddies lunch box- $14.99. These lunch containers contain boxes of varying sizes for storing and separating foods. Have a picky eater who hates when their food touches? This was made for them!
7. U-Konserve insulated lunch sac- $17.99. Made from recycled water bottles, like their ice packs, these lunch sacs will keep your food nice and cool.
8. Bambu Kids spork- $5.69. A fork on one side and a spoon on the other, these sporks are made by hand from Chinese bamboo with fair-trade standards.
9. Preserve reusable food container- $3.99. Made from recycled number 5 plastics, Preserve makes food storage containers, toothbrushes, plates and more.
10. Keep Leaf lunch bag- $18.99.  Made from 100% organic cotton canvas, these bags are durable and lightweight.

Chocolate Ch-ch-ch-chia Pudding

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If you’re used to Chia Pets and Chia Heads you may never have thought about eating chia seeds… before now. These tiny seeds pack a punch of nutrients in very few calories, they’re full of protein and fiber, deliver plenty of antioxidants and can help with heart health– they’re also a great source of calcium for people who follow a dairy-free diet. Native to South America, chia seeds were consumed by the Aztecs and Mayans and were praised for their ability to provide sustained energy. Only recently have they made in a surge in modern diets, as people are recognizing their health benefits.  This recipe requires that the chia seeds soak for several hours, so take that into account when making this pudding.
To make this Chocolate Chia Pudding you will need:
1/3 cup of chia seeds
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
3 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, whisk together milk, agave, cocoa and vanilla until well combined. Add chia seeds and let soak for 2-3 hours. Enjoy!
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