October 2019 Packing Party

October 2019 Packing Party

For our October 2019 Halloween Themed Packing Party, I Heart Hungry Kids brought together over 130 trained youth volunteers aged 5-18 (and a few awesome adults) to pack 9,600 pounds of food for Lowcountry kids in need.

Our Packing Parties are done in partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies Program, Citadel Cadets of India Company, and our friends at Sodexo / MUSC who sponsor our snack room.

Special thanks this month to Food Drive Challenge sponsors Lowes Foods of Mt. Pleasant. They donated 750 pounds of food that benefited James Island Outreach and the Lowcountry Blessing Box Project, and our awesome Packing Party families brought in 159 pounds that went to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Check out our photos from the event below!



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September 2019 Packing Party

September 2019 Packing Party

In September 2019, I Heart Hungry Kids brought together over 125 trained youth volunteers aged 5-18 (and a few awesome adults) to pack 8,000 meals for Lowcountry kids in need. And we got it all done in about 30 minutes!

Our Packing Parties are done in partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies Program, Citadel Cadets of India Company, and our friends at Sodexo / MUSC who sponsor our snack room.

Special thanks this month to Food Drive Challenge sponsors Lowes Foods of Mt. Pleasant. They donated 226 pounds of food that benefited James Island Outreach, and our awesome Packing Party families brought in 196 pounds that went to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Check out our photos from the event below:


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Popcorn Plus!

Popcorn Plus!

Plain popcorn is actually a healthy treat, but kinda boring on its own. By home-making your own delicious toppings you can make them all natural, and add a kick of flavor without all the chemicals and preservatives found in store-bought flavorings.

Ranch Mix

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk

Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a container that has a lid. Add popcorn to the container, and then secure the lid. Shake well, and serve in a bowl.

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Melt the butter and add the sugar and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly in a bowl, then pour over popped popcorn. Yum!

Cajun Popcorn

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a container with a secure lid. Add popcorn to the container, then secure the lid and shake well. Be sure to wash your hands after handling cayenne pepper, and avoid contact with the eyes.


Riley’s Rockin’ Recipes are designed for kids to make at home with easy to find ingredients, and are brought to you by Sodexo and the MUSC Office of Health Promotion.


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Red Heart Granola

Red Heart Granola

Riley Says: Make this heart healthy snack for your sweetheart!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans, walnuts, or almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cut freeze-dried strawberries or craisins

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Large bowl for all ingredients
  • Knife for chopping nuts, or just hit ’em with a rolling pin
  • Flat baking sheet 9″ x 12″
  • Parchment paper for baking

Directions

  • Heat oven to 275 degrees
  • In a big bowl, combine the oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until everything is all mixed up.
  • Add the oil, syrup or honey, and vanilla to the bowl. Stir until everything is coated. Riley’s Tip: pour the oil into the 1/3 cut measure first, then add to the mixture. Use the same oil-coated cup for the syrup or honey and it won’t stick!
  • Get a big flat baking sheet and put down a sheet of baking parchment paper so it won’t stick to the pan.
  • Spread the granola out in an even layer.
  • Bake for 40 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Take it out of the oven. Use oven mitts and be careful!!
  • Let cool completely.
  • Mix in the craisins or strawberries.
  • Store in an airtight container. I use a big glass jar with a steel lid that works great and is environmentally friendly too.

Yield – 4-6 cups of granola


Riley’s Rockin’ Recipes are designed for kids to make at home with easy to find ingredients, and are brought to you by Sodexo and the MUSC Office of Health Promotion.


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Healthy Hummus

Healthy Hummus

Make these protein-packed dips just the way you like them! It’s easy to go gluten-free or dairy-free by adjusting the ingredients, too.

White Bean Hummus

  • 1 can (14 ounce) cannellini beans
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Black Bean Hummus

  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans
  • 1/3 cup salsa (mild or hot)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Asian Hummus

  • 1 can (14 oz) chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari sauce (gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

Snickerdoodle Hummus

  • 1 can (14 oz) chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk or almond milk

DIRECTIONS

  • Drain and rinse the beans in a colander
  • Measure all the other ingredients into a blender, food processor, or mini-prep.
  • Add the beans to the mixture and blend until silky smooth and creamy. You can also mash them by hand with a ricer or fork, though it will take some time to get a smooth consistency.
  • Makes a little more than a cup of hummus.

You can make these recipes your own by adding hot salsa or lemon, chill and enjoy. They make a great after school snack, and fun to eat with pretzels, carrots, or pita chips.

Safety Tip: If the kids are helping, just be sure to use a smooth-edge or safe-cut can opener!


Riley’s Rockin’ Recipes are designed for kids to make at home with easy to find ingredients, and are brought to you by Sodexo and the MUSC Office of Health Promotion.


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