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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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Meat/Meat Alternate

Spiced Chicken Bean Chili

Make a hearty meal of Chicken and Bean Chili with this recipe. It includes lots of flavor with tomatoes, green chilies, salsa, onions, and more!

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Vegetable

Touchdown Tomato Basil Soup

It doesn’t get much better than homemade tomato basil soup! Made with tomatoes, basil, garlic, basil and more this soup has all the right ingredients and pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich!

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Grains

Bean, Vegetable and Pasta Soup

Elbow macaroni and beans are added to vegetable stock to create a base for this soup. Ingredients such as onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and mushrooms add color and flavor and with the right amount of spices this soup is delicious!

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Meat/Meat Alternate

Cheddar Cheese Potato Breakfast Bake

This came from Sherry Fiske, Food Service Director at the Orange Schools. The cook-baker for the three elementary schools, Mary Ann Burnett, says, “It’s hard to find dishes the kids really enjoy, and this really hits the spot.” It certainly did at Westfield High, where students who sampled it gave it high marks on questionnaires.

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Other

New Hampshire Corn Chowder

This is a simple corn chowder recipe made with onions, celery, potatoes and corn. This soup has a wonderful savory flavor with other ingredients such as bay leaves and parsley.

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Legume

Wisconsin Vegetable Medley

A great side of vegetables to go with any meal! The combination of tomato, corn, beans and onions brought together by lime juice is so tasty the kids will be asking for seconds!

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Red/Orange

Curried Carrot Soup

Carrots are cooked in chicken broth and mixed with curry powder and onions to create a unique and delicious flavor. Try this soup on a cold fall or winter day to warm up your students!

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