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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.

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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Sweet and Sour Sauce USDA

This sauce uses brown sugar, soy sauce, tomato paste, pineapple juice and vinegar to create the perfect combination of sweet and sour. This pairs well over pork, chicken, rice, vegetables and more!

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Meatless Tomato Sauce USDA

What better way to season tomato sauce than with an Italian seasoning mix of basil, oregano, marjoram, and thyme! This mouthwatering sauce pairs well over chicken, pasta and more!

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Tartar Sauce USDA

Lowfat mayonnaise, pickle relish, and onions are the base for this classic tartar sauce. With the addition of dried parsley and dry mustard, this is sure to become a popular condiment among kids!

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Meat/Meat Alternate

Multipurpose Peanut Sauce

A versatile and flavorful recipe that can be used as a dip or a sauce. Try it as a sauce for an Asian noodle bowl, or as a dip for spring rolls!

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Red/Orange

Simple Roasted Tomato Sauce

This is the real McCoy, a flavorful sauce made early in the school year, when tomatoes are ripe, abundant, and inexpensive late in the season. The recipe comes from whirlwind Tammy Jervas, Food Service Director for Richmond Consolidated Schools, who freezes pre-measured portions for later use. Use this on pasta or anywhere you would use a canned sauce. What an improvement!

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Honey Barbecue Sauce USDA

This is a easy recipe for barbecue sauce that can be prepared in minutes! With delicious honey this is a sweet sauce that will taste great as a baste or dipping sauce.

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Other

Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

This vegetarian spaghetti sauce has a delicious flavor and the perfect texture with slices of zucchini squash, chopped onion, and fresh chopped tomatoes. Pair this sauce with a whole-grain pasta for a nutritious balanced meal.

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