District 279 nutrition staff ‘spices it up’ in the kitchen

In the ongoing effort of District 279’s Food Nutrition Services to improve service while helping students, families and staff feel respected, several nutrition staff participated in a special hands-on training. Experienced chef and facilitator Marshall O’Brien spent two afternoons teaching district staff some healthy new vegetable recipes, which included a variety of spices and other ingredients.

Chef Marshall O’Brien demonstrates proper cutting techniques while nutrition staff Cheri Ekbom, from Palmer Lake Elementary (Brooklyn Park) and Cindy Rassatt, from Osseo Area Learning Center observe.

Chef Marshall O’Brien demonstrates proper cutting techniques while nutrition staff Cheri Ekbom, from Palmer Lake Elementary (Brooklyn Park) and Cindy Rassatt, from Osseo Area Learning Center observe.

Nutrition experts advise increasing the intake of vegetables as a positive step towards an effort to be healthy.

Nutrition staff tried out O’Brien’s tips and tricks as they recreated his recipes for Parmesan roasted broccoli, spicy butternut squash, and chili sweet potatoes — some of which may wind up on students’ lunch plates in the near future.

Elm Creek Elementary’s Cindy Christensen measures out ingredients to use in a vegetable recipe.

Elm Creek Elementary’s Cindy Christensen measures out ingredients to use in a vegetable recipe.

Staff experimented with the vegetables in fresh, frozen, precut and whole form in order to observe the most successful methods and techniques to use when cooking with them in a variety of forms.

 

 

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