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Friday, June 14, 2013

Farm to School Recipes

If you’re looking for recipes kids are sure to enjoy, you’ve come to the right place.

Select the Right Recipe

Annette Derouin of Willmar Public Schools spent hours reading recipe books and searching the Internet for appropriate recipes that she could “scale up” for foodservice. You can reap the rewards of her efforts and other Minnesota schools by using the quantity and home recipes that are within each of the featured Minnesota farm to school foods [under review]. Annette used the following criteria to identify appropriate farm to school recipes for her district:
  • Supplemental ingredients are items the kitchen normally has on hand.
  • The recipe will work with equipment available; no extra equipment is needed.
  • Staff can handle the time requirements.
  • The cost is within acceptable range.
  • The recipe is likely to be acceptable to students.

Featured Recipes

In addition to the quantity and home recipes available within each of the featured Minnesota farm to school foods [under review], try these farm to school recipes from foodservice directors across the state:
Chicken Chow Mein with Boy Choy (PDF)
Do you have a kid-approved recipe you'd like to share? Send it to farmtoschool@umn.edu.

Related Resources

Now We're Cooking! A Collection of Simple Scratch Recipes Served in Minnesota Schools (PDF) — Explore this collection or recipes that celebrates Minnesota’s creativity and passion for tasty and healthy school meals.
Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge — USDA Team Nutrition — This cookbook includes a collection of kid-approved recipes that can be incorporated into the National School Lunch Program.
Large Quantity Recipes — USDAs Mixing Bowl — Search by course, cuisine, nutrition focus, and meal component.
Menus that Move — Ohio Department of Education — A set of seasonal cycle menus to help schools serve tasty meals that fit within the United States Department of Agriculture’s new meal guidelines.
Fresh from the Farm: The Massachusetts Farm to School Cookbook — Massachusetts Department of Education — This book of forty-five recipes was designed to make it easier to make tasty dishes using farm-fresh produce that kids will really eat.
Vermont Farm to School: A Guide to Using Local Foods in Schools — Vermont FEED — Includes seasonal recipes and menu ideas.
The Lunch Box: Healthy Tools — Vermont FEED — Packed with solutions, use any of these free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school.

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