Wellness

Encore Bites

Encore Bites was created at the request of our clients. Launched in April, 2022 the program provides a month’s worth of healthy snack foods to supplement our regular meal deliveries. The food is shelf stable, but we also plan to provide fresh items such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Kitchen Angels volunteers will deliver a snack bag once a month.

On average we are sending 175 Encore Bites bags per month. The snacks will vary month to month depending on food availability, but in general the bag may include crackers, fruit pack, apple sauce, hummus, canned chicken or tuna, nuts, trail mix, sunflower seeds, dry milk, peanut butter and fresh fruits & vegetables. We thank Los Alamos National Labs for sponsoring Encore Bites.

Holiday Cranberry Clafouti

Courtesy of Kitchen Angels ‘Seasons of Santa Fe’ Cookbook. Sold in Kitchenality.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 lemon – grated zest only
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar for garnish
  • ½ cup sour cream for garnish

Directions

  • Preheat Oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut the cranberries in half. In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest and 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour and salt.
  • In another, beat the eggs gently and whisk in milk. Add to the flour, a little at a time, and blend until smooth. Sir in the lemon zest-sugar mixture. Let the batter rest.
  • In a 10” ovenproof skillet, melt butter over medium heat, allowing it to coat the bottom and halfway up the sides. When the butter is bubbling, add the cranberries. Stir until they are softened and coated with butter, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 4 tablespoons sugar and cook until the sugar has dissolved and become syrupy, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Stir the egg batter and pour it evenly over the fruit. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffed at the edges.
  • Before serving, top each portion with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a dollop of sour cream.

Serves 2 to 4.

Seasons of Santa Fe Cookbook sold in Kitchenality.

New Comer’s Green Chile Stew – Courtesy of Kitchen Angels ‘Seasons of Santa Fe’ Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 garlic bulb, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cut into 1/2″ cubes*
  • 2 cans chicken broth plus 2 cans water
  • 6 medium red or white potatoes. Cleaned and cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 roasted green chiles, cut into 1/2″ slices
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Optional
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon red chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

Heat oil in a heavy soup pot and saute the onions, garlic and cubed chicken until onions are transparent. Add the broth and water. Scrape the chicken particles from the bottom of the pot. Add the remaining ingredients, including optional seasonings, if using. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 2 hours until meat is tender. While cooking, add more broth or water if needed. If desired, thicken the stew by whisking together 1 or 2 tablespoons flour with 1/2 cup of the broth, then stirring it back in the stew. Serve with flour tortillas or sourdough bread.
* Feel free to substitute with boneless pork chops, beef or lamb.

Green Chile Salsa – Courtesy of Kitchen Angels ‘Seasons of Santa Fe’ Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes – peeled, seeded, diced
  • 4 scallions – chopped, including green parts
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley or cilantro leaves – chopped
  • 1 can diced green chiles, 4 oz.
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Chill for at least an hour before serving. Tightly covered, salsa keeps for several days in the refrigerator.

Chef’s Joe Coleslaw

Coleslaw is one of America’s classic Summer favorite dishes. We serve coleslaw with our meal entrees and one client replied “I want to compliment all your volunteers. They are so sweet and are always taking time to ask about me. I wish I could give them a hug, but I don’t because of COVID. OMG! You guys are the best! I also need the recipe for the coleslaw. It is just so good!”

Ingredients

  • 1 cabbage head, thinly shredded
  • 1 1/4 large onion (about 2-3 lbs.), thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh carrots, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh or dried dill
  • 1/3 quart mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Toss together all ingredients and mix well in a bowl. Serves 10.

Sallie’s Flowers for Clients

Sallie donates fresh flowers to our clients because she believes everyone should have access to flowers. Her blossom bouquets bring big smiles to our clients and inspires them to write poems about just that…flowers. Sallie Hoefer is the owner of Soul Friend Flowers in Santa Fe.

Client Poem

Delivery Driver brought me flowers today cut freshly from a thoughtful woman’s garden.  
So much different from hothouse flowers which have never endured the challenges of the earth or time; having grown up in a controlled secure environment their stems are straight. 

Flowers grown in the garden are elegant and wild as they have weathered the storms of life.
Wind and rain have sculpted them into individual beauties twisting their stems and bowing their heads
as they reach for the sunlight in reverence and gratitude for all they have received.

The wild, who have found their way in this world, intertwine around each other in the vase like a dance enveloping life. 
Having overcome much they have a grace unknown to those never challenged their wild and untamed beauty intoxicate my senses and possesses my soul.