Some people might say that our education interns have the best job at Red Rabbit. Why? Because they get to cook and play with our wonderful kids! In addition to assisting in our cooking and gardening labs, our interns have an impact on children's lifelong relationships with food. Get to know one of our star interns, Ligea, and hear a powerful story of how she connected with a child through cooking.Read More
As parents, educators and caregivers, we greatly impact what and how our children eat, from choosing to serve specific foods to overseeing portion sizes and encouraging children to explore new flavors. As role models, we can teach our kids to feed themselves in a healthy way. A surprisingly easy way to practice this skill at home or in school is by instilling an old approach to mealtime - family style dining.Read More
Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your food curious toddler or a housewarming present for the family next door, we've got you covered. Check out Red Rabbit's holiday gift guide for creative gift ideas for kids, teachers, and lovers of good food.Read More
‘No! Yuck! Gross!'
If you've been around children during meal time, you've probably heard them express these sentiments when presented with unfamiliar foods.
At Red Rabbit, we've been creating our made from scratch meals and serving them to kids for over 10 years, so we've come across our fair share of cautious eaters. Luckily, we know a thing or two about getting children to try new foods – and enjoy them!Read More
Here at Red Rabbit, one of the most important jobs is delivering made from scratch food from our Harlem kitchen to our partners across New York City. That's where Jonathan Vargas comes in. Navigating the chaotic streets and highways of NYC late at night or at the break of dawn, Jonathan always arrives at his schools with a big smile on his face. Read on to hear why this Red Rabbit team member of over three years loves his job in this month's employee spotlight.Read More
Each month, we'll highlight one of the many incredible employees at Red Rabbit that help spread our mission of bringing healthy, made from scratch meals to schools.
Meet Val, an Operations and Services Associate at Red Rabbit. If you've ever called the Red Rabbit office, you've most likely spoken to Val, who is the voice of our help line from 7 am - 4 pm each day. Born and raised in NYC, Val is a full time mom and college student majoring in Business management. Read our interview with her to find out how she got her start at Red Rabbit and how she got her nickname.Read More
We've all heard about the benefits of purchasing locally grown and seasonal produce, while limiting our spending on processed and packaged foods.
At Red Rabbit, we adhere to the belief that fresh food tastes better and is better for us, which is why we use whole foods in all of our made from scratch meals. But why are whole, fresh foods actually better for us, and what's the harm in overly processed foods? Read on as we investigate the answers to these questions.Read More
Autumn in New York is an exciting and rewarding time to be a fruit and vegetable lover. As Grow NYC’s What's Available chart demonstrates, fall months offer New Yorkers an incredible variety of available produce, with upwards of 40 different local vegetables easily found at farmers markets across the city.
One veggie we’re sure to see lots of in the coming weeks and months is winter squash. Squashes come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors, making them the perfect candidate for fall cooking as well as a great option for fall themed decorating at work and around the house.Read More
Using kitchen tools to transform foods into a meal can make cooking even more exciting for children. The Red Rabbit Education Team relies on these high-quality, kid-friendly tools to create safe, fun-filled, educational cooking environments for our students.Read More
With the prevalence of nut allergies at our children’s schools and our own workspaces, we often have to forgo the creamy goodness of nut butters made from almonds or peanuts. That is, until now. There's a new butter in town that's been getting quite a lot of attention here at Red Rabbit as the perfect alternative to peanut butter. Our culinary team has been experimenting with new breakfast and snack options that highlight this savory butter, whether paired with jelly in a sandwich or smeared over a rice cake.
You might be surprised to discover that this alternative treat comes from a humble legume, the soybean, which is used to make Soy Nut butter. This seriously delicious, nut-free alternative can be used in any recipe or snack that traditionally calls for a nut butter.Read More
Peanuts are not Nuts
Sneezing, hives, difficulty breathing, or nausea–are all allergy symptoms to peanuts.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), more than 3 million people in the United States report being allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or both, and approximately 1% of the U.S. population has a peanut allergy. Nearly half of the 150 deaths attributed to food allergies each year are caused by peanut allergies.
People with peanut allergies often are concerned about possible reactions from tree nuts; however, tree nuts are botanically unrelated to the peanut, which is a legume. It is estimated that 25 to 35 percent of people with peanut allergy have sensitivity to tree nuts, as well. The biggest reason people allergic to peanuts should be careful of items with tree nuts is that they are often manufactured around equipment that has touched peanuts (this is called “cross contamination”).Read More
Tomatoes sure are plentiful this time of year, so of course we have to feature them! Whether you say tomayto or tomahto, this quintessential summer fruit is deserving of our devotion.
Wait, did we say fruit???
We're in the heat of summer, and hopefully we're all drinking plenty of water...but do you drink a lot of bottled water? Well, you aren't alone. Americans drink billions of gallons of the stuff every year - 8 billion in 2009 alone! We choose to drink bottled water for many reasons: convenience, health, safety, taste and what-have-you – and why not? It's a great alternative to sweetened beverages like soda and iced tea, both drinks that contribute greatly to growing public health issues as well as our growing waistlines. But is bottled water better than tap? Is BPA in plastic bottles truly harmful to our health? How much water do we even need to drink?? These answers and more you'll find in this week's action packed Red Rabbit blog!Read More
Throughout the year, Red Rabbit offers education programs for our meal partners as well as non meal partner schools. This summer, Red Rabbit is taking action to encourage our friends and partners to help educate youth on the environment. Exposing our children to the beauty and joy of nature can be a daunting task, but here are ideas to incorporate environmental education into your classroom's curriculum, as well as some easy and fun ways to do it. Tight budget? There are also some funding opportunities to help ease the cost!Read More
This week, the Red Rabbit Team wanted to feature the best midsummer staple you might be missing! Beautiful, decorative -- and most importantly, garlicky! -- these curly greens pack a lot of flavor into a pretty swirl.
Eating our veggies, especially leafy greens, is a no-brainer when it comes to a healthy diet. While kale and spinach tend to get all the fun lately, let's not forget there are other options out there! Chard is one of those options, and is a great way to change up our summer cooking!Read More
Pop. Soda. Coke. Soda-pop. Whether from the Midwest, the Northeast, the South, or a combination, at some point or another our tastebuds have been taken by this sweet drink, particularly during these hot, humid summer months. Yet through the years, soda consumption has become a popular suspect in what is behind the increasing rates of obesity in adults and children alike.Read More
This week we are proud to feature a member of the Red Rabbit family, our very own Jennie Plewka! Jennie is part of our talented education team here at Red Rabbit. We sat down with Jennie to find out a little bit more about what she does at Red Rabbit!Read More
A Very Patriotic Hello, Red Rabbit Friends and Family!
July 4th is a time for celebrating with family, friends and loved ones around an abundance of delicious home-cooked foods. While we indeed live in a sweet land of liberty, sometimes the American plethora of food choices makes it too easy for an Independence Day barbeque to be dominated by fried snacks, meat and indulgent desserts. The good news is that we don’t need to compromise flavor, or our most-loved patriotic recipes, to make a July 4th barbeque a little healthier this year!Read More
This harmless-looking little guy has worn many hats over the years. It started as humble staple of baking and hearty breakfasts for decades - until we hit the fat-free craze of the 80’s, when it was vilified by the fad diet of the day. It came back into favor recently as an efficient protein source rich in nutrients, and now that it is touted as a smart addition to a well-balanced diet, conscientious consumers across the country have brought it back into high demand.
Enter the Avian Flu. The largest one ever in the United States.