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Steaming Vegetables: Techniques to Improve Food Quality

Steaming is a healthy and common vegetable cooking technique in school kitchens. Small changes to cooking and holding techniques can greatly improve the quality of steamed vegetables served during school meals, which can increase visual appeal and consumption.

Grains

Porcupine Sliders

These mouth-watering turkey burgers are made with the right amount of spices and a burst of sweet cranberries and served on small whole-grain rolls. Watch children delight in the flavors of this healthy burger alternative.

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Dark Green

Chic’ Penne

This multi-grain pasta dish is bright and fun with fresh broccoli, chicken, and melted cheese that is sure to please.

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Grains

Blazin’ Buffalo Ranch Wrap

Simple and fun to make, these healthy wraps are made with chicken-free strips and flavorful wing sauce. They will quickly become a favorite vegetarian option on your menu.

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Meat/Meat Alternate

Nacho Cheese Sauce USDA

This nacho cheese sauce is a creamy and gooey blend with a hint of green chili peppers. Delicious on nachos, baked potatoes or broccoli.

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Vegetable

Tropical Slaw

Recipe tester Denise Pianka, cook at North Middle School in Westfield, found this low-fat slaw easy to prepare and kid-friendly. If you are cooking in a nut-free school, as she is, note her imaginative substitution of spices for the peanut butter. The recipe was adapted from the fabulous SchoolFood in NYC, where it has been successfully served to oodles of school children.

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