Visiting Chef Program Returns

We’re very excited that the “Fresh! Chef-to-School” program is returning to the Waltham Public Schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Continuing our partnership with the Waltham School Nutrition Department, Chef Reva will visit all elementary school cafeterias to work with cafeteria staff and encourage kids try new foods. The “Fresh! Chef-to-School” program helps to educate kids to make healthy food choices and promotes life-long healthy eating habits. We’re working to create new dishes that are both healthy and delicious, with an emphasis on local, seasonably available produce. After learning about the featured fruit or vegetable of the day, all kids get to try a sample. Favorite recipes may turn up as regular features on school menus!

So far this year, our Confetti Cornbread has been very popular! In fact, one child said, “Your Confetti Cornbread tastes like rainbows.”

Confetti Cornbread

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Samples of Confetti Cornbread ready to be served

To make Healthy Waltham’s crowd-pleasing Confetti Cornbread, simply combine equal parts of your favorite cornbread/corn muffin mix (such as Betty Crocker, Arrowhead Mills, or Bob’s Red Mill) with grated vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, or summer squash (approximately 1 cup mix to 1 cup vegetables). Add water according to package instructions or until your desired consistency is reached – we tend to like ours on the thicker side! Then spread the mixture in a well-greased baking dish or use a muffin tin. Bake at 350F until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center, 20-25 minutes for cornbread, 15-20 minutes for muffins.

This is a great way to take a store-bought mix and add a big punch of nutrients. Half of the cornbread ends up being pure vegetables! If you’re looking for a lighter, more savory option, try this recipe, featured at this year’s Farmers’ Market and Waltham Fields Community Farm’s Outreach Market:

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School Nutrition Director April Liles with Chef Reva

Other “Fresh! Chef-to-School” recipes:

 

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