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.
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.
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.