Kitchen Talk

Tuesday July 28, 2015 We finally made it! The last day of the regular Summer Program and wow did it fly by! Today the teens go to the farm for the last time and prepare for tomorrow’s fun-filled day of games and good food to celebrate the end of the five amazing weeks. In the kitchen, we are beginning to prepare for the final dinner on Thursday. It is going to be a busy couple of days, but worth the work to see the families, staff and program participants gather together to celebrate! by, Amanda Keck   Day 15 Breakfast: Granola with Yogurt, Milk, Almond Milk Day 15 Snack: Oatmeal Cake Day 15 Lunch: Stuff Cabbage, Beat Salad, Vegetable Soup, Maple Vinaigeratte Green Bean Salad, Garden Salad, Honey Wheat Bread, Carrot Cake Day 16 Breakfast: Bagels with Cream Cheese & Butter Day 16 Snack: Popcorn Day 16 Lunch: Vegetable Hummus Wraps, PB&J Sandwiches, Apples, Fudge Brownies Day 17 Breakfast: Quiche Day 17 Snack: Coffee Cake Day 17 Lunch: Eggplant Parmesan, Coleslaw, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Vegetarian Borscht, Garden Salad, Fruit Salad, Honey Wheat Bread, Chocolate Cake                                                       Day 18 Breakfast: French Toast with Maple Syrup Day 18 Snack: Oatmeal Cookies Day 18 Lunch: Lentil Meatloaf, Quinoa & Bean Salad, Garden Salad, Zucchini & Summer Squash Gratin, Honey Wheat Bread, Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Day 19 Breakfast: Granola & Milk, Almond Milk, and Yogurt Day 19 Snack: Strawberry Bread Muffins Day 19 Lunch:...

Kitchen Talk

Monday July 20, 2015 Ah, the glorious heat that precedes the month of August. If the weather is foretelling of how the rest of the Summer will be, than I must stress the importance of H2O! Water, water, water…people! Please be aware that we are educating the teens about the importance of staying hydrated during warm Summer months and I extend an invitation to continue rehearsing this habit at home as well. The kitchen has been very busy this past week, which has stalled our blog posts; let me give you a little update for Days 8 through 14(today). (Field Trip) Day 8 Breakfast- Granola, Yogurt, Milk & Almond Milk Day 8 Snack-Popcorn Day 8 Lunch- PB&Js or Vegetable Hummus Wraps, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apples Day 9 Breakfast- Bagels with Cream Cheese or Butter Day 9 Snack- Zucchini Cake Day 9 Lunch- Zucchini Top & Bottom with refried beans, onions, & sauteed vegetables, Cucumber Salad, Carrot Rice Salad, Garden Salad, Sautéed Broccoli, Zucchini Brownies                     Day 10 Breakfast- Oatmeal, Milk or Almond Milk Day 10 Snack- Cantaloupe & Brownies                 Day 10 Lunch- Peppers stuffed with Quinoa, Rice & Vegetables, Chickpea Curry Salad, Bean & Quinoa Salad, Garden Salad, Zucchini Cake                     Day 11 Breakfast- Granola, Yogurt, Milk or Almond Milk Day 11 Snack- Oatmeal Cookies Day 11 Lunch- Carrot & Zucchini Latkes, Cucumber Salad, Corn on the Cob, Garden Salad, Oatmeal Cake                     (Field Trip)...

Kitchen Talk

The most common complaint parents hear from their children at the dinner table is, “I don’t like that”. Normally, this negative status is in reference to vegetables. As adults, time has been in our favor as we develop our taste buds and broaden our outlook on recipes through dinners with friends, in our own kitchen and at restaurants. I have a secret, these kids WILL EAT vegetables and have EVERY SINGLE DAY during this program thus far. How do we do it? By incorporating vegetables into ordinary recipes:  Zucchini Brownies, Garden Salad, Cucumber Salad and Vegetable Chili are a few examples. The great thing about recipes like these is they provide an abundance of nutrition without sacrificing taste. by Amanda Keck  ...

Kitchen Talk

Thursday July 9, 2015 Some days in the kitchen are hotter than others but the work has continued and creative dishes are inspired by donations from Chester County Food Bank and Sankanac CSA. So far we have had an astounding supply of zucchini and cucumbers, leading to zucchini bread, zucchini brownies, zucchini sandwiches, stuffed zucchini and enough cucumber salad to last a year ( I may not be exaggerating). I would like to extend a huge thank you for all of the donations coming our way! The kids are full of vegetables and we hope this program instills a love for healthy food and the joy and good taste of vegetables. Amanda Keck...

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