Hey There! Welcome to the Lassen Loves, the official blog of Lassens Natural Foods and Vitamins!
Before I delve deep into the sweet, and tangy magic that occurs when strawberries, rhubarb and other select ingredients collide, let me start out by giving you a little background on who we (Lassens Natural Foods Market ) are, and what this whole recipe swap is all about.
Hilmar and Oda Lassen opened the doors to Lassens in 1971 after coming to America from Denmark at the end of WWII. During the German occupation of Denmark, the couple risked their lives as part of the Danish Underground while simultaneously running a dairy store. They had always put their emphasis on the quality of life and knew that good food fuels a good life. They made it their goal to make good, organic, wholesome food available to their new community in Camarillo. Good food like organic raw milk, organic nuts and grains and fresh, organically grown local produce. As the minute hand spins, the hour hand twirls and the calendars jump on and off the walls like trained pups, new trends and findings in the health industry are constantly springing up and Lassens has always been able to rise to the challenge.
Real Foods Real Recipes is a way for all of us; the knowledgeable and the newbie, the master chef and the micro-waver, to share and explore the different ways to enjoy these good foods. Every day customers are purchasing products like coconut oil and organic cacao, but what happens at home once you put them together? That’s what I want to know!
And who am I? I’m a Lassen’s team member who loves to eat real food. I started as a cashier in December of 2008 and I quickly fell in love with this new world that I had unknowingly sailed into. My thirst for knowledge led me into a position in supplements which is where I resided for the next two years. From this angle, I not only learned a lifetime’s worth of information about how to live a healthy lifestyle but also I began to look at food in a new way. Yes, Mom was not lying when she told me that vegetables were good for you… but what she failed to mention (or maybe just failed to demonstrate) is how amazing they could taste! I didn’t know fish didn’t HAVE to taste like the ocean and who knew that it was a natural source of essential fatty acids? I’ve since been promoted to a creative position whereI’ve been able to put my talents to use (along with my love to cook and my need to cook more) with the creation of this here blog!
Be forewarned, once you take a bite you may turn into a different person. A person who lacks the rational and restraint of your former self. A person who does not know nor care how to put down a fork.
I give you … Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch.
-1 cup sugar (I used Wholesome Sweeteners organic sugar)
-3 Tb flour (try Arrowhead Mills organic pastry flour)
-3 cups sliced organic strawberries
-3 cups diced organic rhubarb
(I did ¼ cup Arrowhead Mills organic pastry flour and ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill organic coconut flour. The benefits of the coconut are seemingly endless. Plus it just smells and tastes amazing)
-1 cup packed brown sugar (try Wholesome Sweeteners organic dark brown sugar)
-1 cup butter (I went a vegan route and used Earth Balance vegan margarine*)
-1 cup rolled oats (try Bob’s Red Mill old fashioned rolled oats. )
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, sugar, 3Tb flour, strawberries and
rhubarb. Place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Mix 1 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar, butter and oats until crumbly. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top of the rhubarb and strawberry mixture and bake for 45 minutes until topping is lightly browned!