A Recipe for Good Nutrition

Sampling a healthy recipe for pantry clients

At grocery pantries, we don’t just hand out food – we also hand out advice and information.

We give clients recipes and fact sheets to get them acquainted with our many fresh produce items, so they know how to use them in their meals. That’s especially important when clients aren’t culturally familiar with a particular vegetable or fruit.

Recently, we’ve gone even further, partnering with fellow non-profit, Leah’s Pantry, to test a broader nutrition education program at some of our 200+ grocery pantries.

The seminars are 1.5-hour sessions over the course of six weeks.  They  educate our clients about the food distributed throughout the pantry network, and help them create smart goals based on nutritious and healthy lifestyles.

At one pantry, we introduced many people to the nutritious and easy-to-prepare grain, quinoa. At others, we recently demonstrated and sampled a healthy, delicious recipe using mushrooms and bell peppers – fresh items which were available free to clients.

Here’s the recipe, in case you’d like to cook up something healthy yourself!

San Francisco Food Bank’s Mushrooms & Red Pepper Crostini

Serves 4


½ pound mushrooms

1 whole red pepper

3 cloves garlic

2-3 Tbsp. oil (olive oil, if available)


Wipe dirt off mushrooms with a wet towel. Trim stems of mushrooms and slice thinly.

Rinse red pepper and remove stem. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, remove seeds and de-vein. Slice into thin strips.

Peel garlic and chop finely.

Pour 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan. Heat on medium. When oil is hot, add mushrooms, peppers and garlic slices. Saute until vegetables are soft, being careful not to burn the garlic or over-cook the vegetables. Serve warm on toast or as a side dish.


Fresh mushrooms should be stored with cool air circulating around them. They should be placed on a tray in a single layer, covered with a damp paper towel and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Before use, they should be wiped with a damp paper towel or, if necessary, rinsed with cold water and dried thoroughly. Mushroom often taste like meat when cooked and seasoned well, so they are a great meat-substitute for vegetarians.

Did you know?

Half of the food the San Francisco Food bank distributes is fresh produce!
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