Veggie Hand Pie Recipe!

Got a bunch of leftover veggies that you don't know what to do with? Try getting creative and make some veggie hand pies! If you don't have something on the list, don't feel like you need to go out to buy a bunch of groceries - see what you can do with what you have on hand!
Loaded Spicy Veggie Hand Pie

  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted (OPTIONAL)
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, frozen, grated on grater
  • ¼ cup low fat milk
  • ¼ cup low fat yogurt
  • 3 medium size potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed using hands or potato masher
  • ¾ cup chopped carrot
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green, red, or yellow bell pepper
  • 3-4 green chilis, chopped fine OR red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped small OR broccoli  
  • 1/4 cup green peas OR corn, fresh or frozen 
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds OR 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger OR 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp mango powder OR lemon juice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash OR melted butter
  1. Place cumin seeds on a pan and toast on medium heat for around 3-5 mins with occasional stirring.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.Grate frozen butter and work with hands until mixture resembles small oat sized pieces. 
  3. Make a well in center and add milk and yogurt. Mix it using a spoon. 
  4. On a well floured surface, transfer the dough from the bowl and using hands bring it all together and knead only until it all comes together. DO NOT KNEAD TOO MUCH. 
  5. Transfer the ball of dough in a plastic wrap and chill. Meanwhile, prepare filling.
  1. Peel, boil, and mash potatoes with butter or olive oil.
  2. Heat oil in pot, add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add green chilis, onion, bell pepper, and carrots and saute for around 10-12 minutes on low-med flame until softened. 
  3. Add cauliflower and peas. Saute them all together for another 10 minutes. 
  4. Add mashed potato, ginger, salt, turmeric powder and mango powder or lemon juice. Mix and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Set aside.
  5. Roll out your dough on a well floured surface to about ⅛  inch thick. Cut into circles using a big circle cookie cutter or jar cap (about 4" in diameter). 
  6. Spoon filling on right half of the circle leaving room on the edges. Fold left half over and seal the edges. You can use a bit of egg wash to help seal the dough. Press together with your fingers or use a fork.
  7. Using a brush, rub egg wash or melted butter on top of the pies and transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 20-22 mins at 425F or until golden! Serve with sriracha!

This recipe is extremely versatile! Use whatever veggies you have available and get creative!

You can even use this recipe to make mini apple pies. Just cook some apples, brown sugar, flour, and butter together in a pot for a filling and omit the cumin seeds from the crust! Voila!

A Day For Us: Practicing Self Care

A Day for Us: Practicing Self Care
By Birch K   

When asked about the obstacles they face in being happy, teens will give you a big list. We are too tired, we are stressed, we are sad. If you even scratch the surface you’ll find the mind can be a jumble of insecurity and unhappiness. During sophomore year, I found the concept of self-care. But what was it? Could I simply change a couple habits and I’d be happy all the time? On Wednesday we at MAP explored and practiced a few concepts of self-care.

Shevy started this conversation up basically by asking us what we thought self-care is. It essentially is when you set good habits so you don't lose control of yourself. They used the metaphor of a child with a balloon. You are the child, and the balloon is your inner state. The child gets the balloon and walks down the street but it sees a distraction! And suddenly it loosens control over the balloon. When we aren't making sure to make sure our inner state is secure, it makes us feel like our lives are out of control. But what tools are there to maintain control. Well, with what they call “The Wheel of Self Care”, Shevy introduced some tools. There was a picture of a wheel with 5 sections labelled: physical, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional. Together, we brainstormed what taking care of ourselves looks like. Overall we saw that the goal was to intentionally do things to make ourselves feel good. Sometimes we have low self-esteem because we self-sabotage, and find that we believe what we’re saying. But to take care of of ourselves we need to change our inner narrative.

With that introduced we moved to the classroom to talk about our inner dialogue and self-image essentially. Our inner dialogue is what we say to ourselves. On a board, we talked about the negative things we say to ourselves and what we should do about it. Essentially we should try to modify the negative statements to make them less harmful and even positive. So one statement was “my friends don’t genuinely like me” and a phrase to combat it was “my friends spend time with me and appreciate me”. We also discussed body positivity. We talked about where body shaming comes from, and ways to be better to our bodies, and how to have a better relationship with eating and not bullying ourselves over our size.

The highlight of the day for me, though, was when we practiced mindfulness and yoga. The idea of mindfulness was that the only way we can take care of ourselves is if we know how we feel. And when you spend some time with your brain and yourself you can go into the world more informed about how situations affect you. Then Laura led us through about an hour of yoga. We were deep breathing all the way through. We ended with a small chat about how possible it was to practice self-care. There were misconceptions about self-care. Like the accessibility of it. Because not everybody can get the nutritious foods they need, and not everybody can be happy all the time. But Shevy reminded us that self-care is only what's in our power, which was a lot. 

At the end of the Wednesday, you could feel that the air was a bit more peaceful. And for me, I felt really happy because it takes strength and maturity to have all the conversations we did about insecurity and wellness but we all did it. And I think MAP is a safer and more productive space for that.

Meet Lucy!

Hi! I’m Lucy, a rising freshman at Tufts University. This summer at MAP, I worked on the farm as a Farm Specialist, where we did tons of fun, mildly labor-intensive, and some not-so-fun work. There's a lot of weeding involved, but we also got to harvest, start seeds, and water! I love watering, so my coworker Myo and I would often go out and water "Big Winter" (one of our more sizeable fields). We had to pull water up from the cistern [underground] and then lug it in 4 watering cans to the other side of the field. By the end, we could get the whole lot watered by hand in only 40 minutes! The other day we were harvesting tiger eye beans, which was probably my favorite day. Most of the beans were orange with a few purple swirls but once in a while we discovered some “mutant beans”: all purple with a few orange speckles. I love biology and genetics so this fascinated me to no end. I was ready to start cross-breeding them to come up with a new Mendelian ratio!

I learned so much working with Katie, our Farm Manager. She's so knowledgeable about plant life, and willing to share it. From the differences between cabbage and lettuce to “troubleshooting” my dying dill at home, I was really enjoying working around her. I had a few struggles to overcome, such as needing to stop being a perfectionist and working on being efficient and she was very patient with me as I adapted to daily life on the farm.

 I also had a bit of a secondary role which involves working with the new youth. All of us specialists have been through the summer program before, so we know what it's like. It's our job to set a good example for the others, so I try to come in every day with positive energy and good attentiveness, and I think it's working! I try to be open and friendly to others and it definitely pays off.
Being at MAP again reminds me of my passion for nature and for forming solid relationships with others. I enjoy working and learning here so much that I considered I'm considering applying for an ABLE Leadership position next summer!

I Am Like the Tree

I am like the tree
By Lay Dia 

I am like the tree, big tall and green
I need nourishment to survive each day
and to push through.
Trees need water, sunlight, and their
food to help them grow each day to
become the brightest they can be.
for my physical appearance and growth but also
nourishments for my mind, my spirit, and my soul.
I need love, friends, and families. I need
a  protector, a hope, the light. I am growing
new each day with the help of all. But mostly,
I became the person I am because of my faith and
the love Jesus had for me. I eat each day to survive,
my skin stretch, my bones get taller, and i become
more mature. Just like a tree it has a stopping point,
and that's the end of my life. I thank all who is
part of my life and [look forward to] the day I reunite with

I am a tree tall and green and I have lived a great life.

The sky was dark like how a blanket covers a bed

The sky was dark
By Dakota P

The sky was dark like how a blanket covers a bed. Birds were flying in a group like a herd of flamingos. The moon was shining like teeth after a good brush. The stars were blooming like how a flower expends in the ground. You could feel the wind blowing through your hair as you stare out at the moon. The water moves slowly, gently along the rocks. Close your eyes and feel like you're in bed. That’s the end of your days. Day and night, peaceful night. Now wake up, and now everything’s gone. Nothing. You realized you were locked up this whole time imagining what it would feel like if you were free.

Meet Nina!

Meet Nina!

Hi! My name is Nina. I’ve been working with MAP for 2 years and this summer I was a Farm to Table Specialist. I really enjoy cooking in the kitchen every Friday and I love cooking with the new youth. Being a mentor makes me feel like I'm teaching somebody a new skill every day. Helping new youth in the kitchen and creating culture menu is one of the best thing I learned just taking a leadership role. This summer I learned a bunch of different recipes that I tried at home. My favorite moment was when I made Puerto Rican dish called Pas de Mallarco. It’s like a sweet bread. Working in the kitchen this summer was one of the best experience I had working at MAP. I can't wait for more fun in the school year.

A Rose and Me

A Rose and Me
By Jerika A

una rosa es bonito
una rosa tiene
yo y la rosa omo

similar porque la
rosa es hermosa y
yo soy hermosa la
rosa tiene espina
y yo me enfosono

Rough translation----

a rose is beautiful
a rose has a
thorn in it,
and a rose is similar,
because the rose is beautiful and
I am beautiful, the
rose has a thorn and I am enriched