Have a healthy, happy New Year!

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“I’m going to lose weight this year!”

“This year, I want to exercise more and eat healthier.”

“My resolution is to enjoy life to the fullest.”

Do these promises sound familiar? Perhaps one or two of them are on your 2016 New Year’s resolution list. Well, the Oklahoma Food Cooperative is here to help you keep those resolutions. We want to see you live a healthy, happy 2016 and beyond. One thing you can do is prepare more meals at home with local ingredients. When you cook at home, you can take charge of what you’re eating and monitor exactly what goes into your food. The Co-op has several January specials to keep you on track for healthy eating. Check them out below.

January Producer Specials

  • American Heritage Family Farm (Free-range, pastured, non-GMO, steriod-, hormone- and pesticide-free beef, poultry, eggs and vegetables): Offering free range heritage chicken with rich, full flavors. Broth will be yellow, rich flavorful and nutritious. They also have unrendered beef tallow available. Supplies are limited so grab them while the gettin’ is good!
  • Real Ranch LLC (Certified American Grassfed Association/Global Animal Partnership beef and lamb): All beef and lamb cuts have been restocked, plus beef liver is on sale for January. Plus, the farm was featured in the January edition of Holistic Management International. Join us in congratulating them on their accomplishment!
  • Acadian Family Farm (Certified organic sweet potatoes grown with non-GMO seed and pesticide- and herbicide-free): Sweet potatoes are a year-round treat. Try eating them for breakfast in the form of sweet potato waffles! (Full recipe below)
  • Double R Farms, LLC (Berkshire, large black hog and large black Berkshire crossed pork, grass-fed Criollo beef and free-range eggs): To start off the New Year right, all ground pork products are on sale. Prices have been slashed by $1 per pound across the board. Pork riblets also will be added to the rotation.

With food this good, you don’t even have to try that hard to be healthier in 2016. When you eliminate all the toxins and hormones that are typically added to food, your body will feel more energized and ready to tackle the day. If you haven’t tried our local food yet, you’re missing out! Support your local farmers and the Oklahoma economy and pick up a few things this month. We promise you won’t be disappointed. And if you are, let us know so we can make it right. The January order window is open now, so place your orders while inventory is still high!

And, as promised, here is the yummy sweet potato waffle recipe from Acadian Family Farms. Happy eating!

SWEET POTATO WAFFLES (yields enough for 2 people/ can double for more)
(image from tasteofhome.com via Google Images)

SweetPotatoWaffles

In small bowl mix the following:

  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour (I use half Spelt & half All Purpose)
  • 1 T. Sugar
  • 1 1/2 T. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 T. salt

In a larger bowl beat:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 T. Oil (I use melted butter)
  • 1/2 Cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 C. milk
  • 1/4 t. vanilla flavoring

Then add dry ingredients, stirring only until dry ingredients are moistened. Don’t beat. Bake on hot, preheated waffle iron according to waffle iron instructions until ready. (I leave it a little longer than regular waffles.) Serve immediately with real butter and one of the following: maple syrup, agave mixed with a little maple flavoring, a dusting of confectioners sugar or whipped cream. Yum!