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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.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

It is a snap to make fresh salsa in the buffalo chopper or food processor, and it leaves the bottled stuff in the dust. This recipe yields a mild salsa, but it is generally best to add jalapeños to taste, as their strength may vary. (Or your kids might like it hot.) Serve as a vegetable condiment with any number of dishes, such as nachos, fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, burgers, chicken, or even on a salad bar! Prepare early in the school year, when tomatoes are in their full glory.

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Fresh Cilantro Salsa

Diced tomatoes are combined with onions, jalapenos and sugar and seasoned with fresh cilantro, cumin and garlic. Serve with tortilla chips, on a baked potato and more!

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Chicken Fajitas USDA

This sizzling chicken fajita recipe is the best and they’re easy to prepare! Grilled chicken is served with seared onions, corn, peppers and tomatoes wrapped in a warm tortilla!

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Taco Seasoning for Eagle Pizza

Get the perfect Mexican flavor with this taco seasoning recipe. It provides the right amount of spice to the Eagle pizza, however it can be used for tacos, fajitas, casseroles and enchiladas as well.

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Bean Burrito USDA

This recipe creates the perfect vegetarian burrito using hearty pinto beans, onions and spices, all wrapped up and baked in a tortilla.

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Beef Burrito Grande

Seasoned beef, refried beans, vegetables, and cheese make this burrito truly “grande” ! Topped with enchilada sauce and baked to perfection, this burrito is hearty, filling and flavorful!

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Bean Taco USDA

Taco Tuesday will be a hit with tasty beans and veggies inside a crunchy shell. Make ahead, or serve components so that kids can build their own.

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