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Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is committed to increasing access to nutritious food for our clients. Learn more about our Nutrition Policy and find nutrition education resources to cook nourishing meals.

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Creamy Corn Carbonara

15 Minutes Easy/Medium Italian
Creamy Corn Carbonara is a pasta dish you can make in under 30 minutes. It’s a great way to use a mix of fresh produce…
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Warm Braised Apples and Cabbage

45 Minutes Easy/Medium American
Our Warm Braised Apples and Cabbage recipe is made with just a few ingredients, but will enhance any meal with it’s flavor and aroma. Try…
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Peruvian Causa Rellena

60 Minutes Medium
Peruvian Causa Rellena is a flavorful mix of potato salad, chili pepper and tuna. It’s perfect to bring along to a picnic or potluck, and…
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Quick and Easy Microwaved Rice Dinner

30 Minutes Easy American
Short on time? Whip up this nutritious rice dinner in your microwave – no stove required! Fresh, frozen or canned vegetables all work with this…
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Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes

15 Minutes Easy American
There’s nothing better than waking up to a stack of warm, fluffy pancakes! Serve these protein-packed cottage cheese pancakes with your favorite fruit, yogurt, or even…
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Zesty Greek Chickpea Salad

30m Easy Mediterranean
This Mediterranean salad is full of flavor with the freshest of ingredients – bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions. We love how easily you…
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Stovetop Apple Butter

60m Easy/Medium American
This apple butter will fill your home with fall aromas from fresh warm apples, cinnamon and ginger. Spread it on toast or spoon over oatmeal…
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Citrusy Slaw with Oranges and Brussels Sprouts

25m Easy American
Our citrusy slaw is a colorful salad with raw brussels sprouts and oranges. It’s a perfect blend of color, crunch, tang, and sweetness. The mild…
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Refreshing Fruit Popsicles

4-8hrs Very Easy American
Your warm days just got a little brighter and sweeter with this refreshing easy-to-make popsicle dessert. We love how canned and fresh fruit combined makes…
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Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

20m Easy American
This cauliflower mac and cheese is the perfect comfort food – rich and creamy in every bite! It’s a fun and easy-to-make dish that is…
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Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls

45m Medium Asian
These Vietnamese-inspired fresh spring rolls are packed with colorful vegetables, fresh herbs, shrimp, and noodles that have been lightly tossed in sesame oil. They pack…
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Crispy Golden Lumpia

75m Medium Asian
This lumpia recipe is a family favorite from one of our Second Harvest employees, and will soon become a favorite in your family too. So…
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Fried Rice, Flavorful Indonesian-Style

35m Medium Asian
Based on an Indonesian Dish called Nasi Goreng, this fried rice uses a ton of vegetables for a ton of flavor by serving the thinly…
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Indian-Inspired Oats Breakfast Recipe

25m Easy Asian
Is your breakfast oatmeal getting a bit boring? It’s time to switch your oats from sweet to savory. With just a few simple ingredients and…
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Indian Black-Eyed Peas with Potato and Kale

30m Easy/Medium Asian
This Indian black-eyed pea recipe is warm and comforting and full of flavor, which is why it makes for a perfect family meal. The beans…
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Savory Vegetarian Enfrijoladas

30m Easy/Medium Mexican
These vegetarian enchiladas are dipped and covered in a savory black bean sauce, filled with sweet corn and zucchini and topped with marinated red onions…
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Chawanmushi (Savory Steamed Egg Custard)

35m Medium Asian
Chawanmushi is a classic Japanese appetizer served in a cup. This savory, silky steamed egg custard may look difficult, but it’s a simple yet versatile…
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Quinoa Prepared Three Easy Ways

Varies Easy American
This video includes three easy ways to cook quinoa and two ways to eat it! Quinoa is a superfood that has a nutrient value three…
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Garden Vegetables with Fluffy Rice

25m Easy/Medium American
This easy rice dish uses some of our garden favorite vegetables from your produce box. The bite-sized vegetables mixed with fluffy rice also makes this…
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Fresh and Simple Fennel Apple Orange Salad

10m Easy American
Fennel and fresh fruit make a perfect pair in this simple and quick salad. The citrus and sweet apple really make the fennel come alive…
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Versatile and Nutritious Breakfast Egg Muffin

35m Easy American
These protein-packed egg muffins are great for breakfast, a snack, or on-the-go. We love how versatile this recipe is by adding what veggies you already…
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Eggplant Dip with Healthy Layers of Flavor

20 Easy African
In this video, we share tips on preserving eggplant and its health benefits and show you how to create a colorful layer dip that will…
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Shakshuka, a Hearty and Delicious Dish from Tunisia

35 Medium Middle Eastern
Shakshuka is a hearty and delicious North African dish from Tunisia. It consists of eggs topped in a deliciously spiced onion-tomato base. We love how…
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Cilantro Quinoa Black Bean Bowl

40 Easy/Medium Mexican
This vegetarian quinoa bowl is light, fluffy, and delicious, rich in fiber, protein, and tons of nutrients. Cilantro and lime add a burst of flavor…
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Garbanzo Bean Curry and Garlic and Cilantro Brown Rice

60 Medium Asian
This dish is inspired by some of the wonderful savory spices used in Indian cooking – such as curry, cumin, and turmeric. The creamy tomato…
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Garbanzo Patty and Sweet Potato Fries

45 Medium American
Not sure what to do with canned garbanzo beans? Try out our vegetarian version of burgers and fries. You’ll be surprised at how easy they…
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Hearty Minestrone Soup

40 Medium Italian
A perfect hearty soup to warm up with on cold days. It uses so many food bank staples; from veggies, canned beans, to pasta. You’ll…
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Vegetable Rice Noodle Stir Fry

35 Medium Asian
This simple Asian-inspired dish will satisfy the whole family. The sauce makes for a perfect sweet and spicy complement for the veggies. You can also…
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Healthy Walnut and Dark Chocolate Brownies Recipe

50 Easy/Medium American
Who doesn’t love brownies? Learn how easy it is to make your own nutritious homemade version of this favorite dessert using ripe bananas, whole wheat…
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Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

40 Easy American
Crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. Eat them as a side dish or add to your favorite rice bowl, tacos,…
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Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

10 Easy American
Made with easy ingredients like rolled oats, apples, peanut butter and cinnamon, this smoothie will make you feel cozy with its flavor and creamy texture.…
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Spring Produce Tips

Various Easy American
Learn tips for preparing spring staples like turnips, radishes, Brussels sprouts, tofu, kale, beets bok choy and artichokes. Spring Produce Tips
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Fall Produce Tips

Various Easy American
Learn tips for preparing fall staples like butternut squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash and eggplant. Fall Produce Tips
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Oven-Roasted Bell Pepper and Eggplant

45m Easy/Medium American
Eggplant is a very versatile vegetable! This oven-roasted recipe pairs it up with bell pepper for a delicious side dish. Use your intuition to create…
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

30m Easy/Medium American
Brussels sprouts are full of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and other important nutrients that help with optimal body function if complemented with an overall…
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Crispy Kale Chips

20m Easy American
Kale chips are an easy, fun way to incorporate more greens throughout the day. They are light and crispy with a touch of salt, making…
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Vibrant Beet Smoothie

10m Easy American
It’s easy to see that the color from beets make it a top choice for a heart-healthy veggie. Combined with apples and strawberries for sweetness,…
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Asian Turnip, Apple and Carrot Salad

75m Easy/Medium Asian
Who knew turnips could be so versatile? Apples, carrots and turnips are tossed in a sweet and tart dressing that add more flavor the longer…
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Beet and Carrot Applesauce

45m Easy American
Making your own delicious homemade applesauce is so easy! The whole family will enjoy it. You can eat it by itself or spread on pancakes…
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Cottage Cheese Alfredo

40m Easy/Medium Italian
This video features commonly distributed ingredients by Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Sometimes we run out of ideas on how to cook with these ingredients…
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Quick Vegetable Soup

60m Easy American
This easy and tasty vegetable soup is nutritious and delicious! Play with the ingredients and choose any vegetables that you prefer. Let your intuition guide…
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Brown Rice with Vegetables

60m Easy American
Brown rice is a commonly distributed food by Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Take inspiration from this recipe and enjoy your time in the kitchen…
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Jiang Bing – Beijing Street Food

7m Medium Asian
This recipe uses basic ingredients to create a typical dish commonly found on the streets of Beijing. Use the tortillas provided at our distribution sites…
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Sweet Potato Bowl

60m Easy/Medium Mexican
This delicious and comforting bowl is easy to make and has the right combination of ingredients to help you feel satisfied and well-nourished.
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Spaghetti Squash Prepared Two Ways

40m (baked) 15m (microwaved) Easy/Medium American
This video showcases spaghetti squash as a healthy alternative to pasta as a main dish or side. The two different cooking methods accommodate your access…
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Greek Yogurt Prepared Three Ways

5m (parfait) 5m (smoothie) 65m (smoothie popsicle) Easy American
This video includes three easy ways of enjoying plain Greek yogurt! Recipes include a French yogurt parfait, light fruit smoothie and frozen smoothie popsicle. Greek…
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Tofu Stir Fry

30m Easy/Medium Asian
Transform your tofu with this flavorful stir fry sauce using just three simple ingredients. The garlic and ginger in this Asian-inspired dish make the vegetables…
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Refreshing Watermelon and Corn Salad

30m Easy American
A potluck favorite, this watermelon and corn salad is simple yet refreshing on a warm day. The hint of fresh mint, red onions and lemon…
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Parmesan Crusted Delicata Squash

35m Easy American
Do you have a favorite winter squash? Learn how to cook delicata squash with this easy and comforting recipe. No peeling necessary!
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Crunchy Pear and Yogurt Bowl

5m Very Easy American
Time to change up your breakfast routine? You’ll love how easy this yogurt bowl is to make. You can also make this ahead of time…
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Fall Fruit Dessert

5m Very Easy American
Try a nutritious and energizing desert this fall. Get creative with your pantry staples such as mixing together peanut butter and yogurt. Add cinnamon-coated apples…
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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

70m Medium/Hard Asian
Here is a twist to a Thai food favorite. In this dish we substituted noodles for spaghetti squash but did not skimp out on any…
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Spiced-up Turnip and Cucumber Snack Sticks

5m Easy Mexican
Some say that turnips taste like a cross between cabbage and a radish; others say they taste more like a cross between a carrot and…
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Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato Sauce

30m Medium Italian
Enjoy this delicious Italian-inspired recipe which combines the tenderness of the eggplant with the creaminess of the tomato sauce over pasta. This will become a…
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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

20m Easy American
Become a fan of Brussels sprouts with this savory recipe. In just a few steps you will have a great side dish to pair up…
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Sweet Morning Oatmeal Bowl

10m Easy American
Start your day with this delicious, nutritious and creamy oatmeal. This is a great recipe to use the extra ripe bananas you have at home.
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5-Minute Tofu Pudding

5m Easy American
This recipe will take you completely by surprise. Use tofu and berries to make a delicious, high-in-protein breakfast dessert.
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Beet Salad with a Sweet Twist

65m Easy American
This beet salad is packed with nutrients and flavor using simple ingredients that we are all likely to have in our kitchens. Enjoy as a…
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Oatmeal-Breaded Fried Zucchini

40m Medium American
Enjoy this delicious recipe and serve as a side dish or as a snack. The ingredients used to make this recipe are commonly found in…
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Three Ways to Prepare Kale

3m (smoothie) 20m (chips) 5m (salad) Easy/Medium American
This video includes three fast and tasty weekday ways of enjoying kale, one of the most nutrient-dense foods. Kale can be blended into a fresh…
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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

25m Medium Asian
This recipe shows us how to make delicious chicken lettuce wraps – tofu can be used as a substitute – using natural ingredients in a…
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Energy Boost Smoothie

10m Very Easy American
Try this delicious smoothie to include more nutrients to your day in a fun way. Serve cold and enjoy a refreshing treat any time.
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Winter Spice Casserole

60m Medium American
Buttery apples with cinnamon and nutmeg will warm up your home with the smell of the holidays. You can use butternut, acorn, kabocha or pumpkin…
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Creamy Avocado Tuna Salad

15m Easy American
No mayo, no problem! Try our twist on the classic tuna salad by replacing mayo with avocado and adding apples for an extra crunch.
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Sweet Potato and Kale Tacos

35m Easy/Medium Mexican
Taco night with a sweet and savory twist. These vegetarian tacos are filled with sweet potatoes and kale then topped with a creamy, tangy yogurt…
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Summer Squash Sauté

15m Easy American
Summer squash never tasted better than with this flavorful recipe that uses the tangy flavor of garlic, the sourness of lemon and the sweetness of…
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Summery Squash Salad

8m Easy American
Need a refreshing treat on this hot summer day? Toss together summer squash, apple and canned corn for a quick, nutritious and colorful snack.
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Rice and Beans Stuffed Bell Peppers

70m Medium Mexican
Enjoy these rice and beans stuffed bell peppers – a fun variation to bring variety to your menu! This recipe is a great way to…
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French Onion Soup

15m Easy/Medium French
An easy way to use your extra onions on hand is simply by adding it to any stock base. Sauté the onions first and just…
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Crunchy Roasted Cauliflower

40m Easy American
This simple recipe uses a few ingredients to bring out the best of the cauliflower texture and flavor. Try one of our suggested styles, Italian…
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Cauliflower Curry

35m Easy/Medium Asian
This hearty and nourishing recipe combines cauliflower, creamy coconut milk and flavorful herbs for you to savor a tasty meal. Enjoy it as a main…
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Breakfast Potato Hash

45m Easy/Medium Mexican
This vegetarian hash is packed with potatoes, peppers and onions and topped with a perfectly cooked fried egg. Makes for a filling and satisfying comfort…
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Three Ways to Prepare Sweet Potatoes

30m (fries) 20m (mashed) 8m (microwave) Medium American
This video includes three different takes on sweet potatoes. Eat them as salty baked sweet potato french fries, creamy sweet potato mash, or an on-the-go…
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Zucchini Whole Wheat Pasta

20m Easy/Medium Italian
This whole wheat spaghetti with zucchini is wholesome, quick and a perfect recipe for a busy night. Fresh sautéed garlic and parmesan cheese add tons…
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Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup

30m Medium Italian
A flavorful and hearty Tuscan-style soup that is incredibly easy to make. Enjoy it for dinner on a cold fall or winter night.
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadilla

30m Easy/Medium Mexican
The combination of hearty sweet potatoes and black beans on a cheesy tortilla will have you wanting seconds. Top with avocado or salsa and you…
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Summer Fruit

5m Very Easy American
Enjoy this delicious fruit bowl with yogurt, peaches and spices. You can get creative and add any seasonal fruit you have on hand. It is…
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Spaghetti Squash with Tomato and Basil

50m Medium Italian
Spaghetti squash with tomato and basil is the low-carb comfort food you’ve been looking for. Surprisingly easy to prepare, spaghetti squash is a great alternative…
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Italian Chickpea Soup with Pasta

30m Medium Italian
Pick your favorite small pasta to add to this full flavor delicious soup. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are a great source of protein to add to…
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Energizing Green Smoothie

5m Very Easy American
Enjoy this refreshing fruit and veggie smoothie for breakfast or on-the-go. It’s an easy way to add more nutritious greens to your day.
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Fried Brown Rice Scramble

40m Medium Asian
Get inspired to recreate your rice dishes with this nutty flavored whole grain. The combination or flavors in this brown rice dish will fill your…
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Picnic Chicken Salad

15m Easy American
An easy and complete meal that you can have ready in less than 15 minutes. Enjoy it at home, at a park or at the…
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Quick Bean Salad

10m Easy American
Mixing fresh ingredients with canned corn and beans gives this recipe tons of flavor and color. You’ll love how easy and flavorful this dish is.…
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