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Local Chef Adds Healthy Flavors to Washington School Meals

Posted on 09/12/2011

This year, Highline School District (Washington) Nutrition Services staff spent a day in the kitchen with Chef Garrett Berdan, RD, LD for a hands-on workshop preparing recipes with ethnic flavor, whole grains, fresh fruits and roasted vegetables.  Highline cafeterias have already offered Chef Garrett’s marinated vegetable salad on the school fresh fruit and vegetable bars and the staff regularly prepares the Chef’s homemade granola, served with low-fat yogurt at breakfast.  They also plan to serve Chef Garrett’s brown rice and apple salad.

Highline Schools, which is home to students from 130 countries, works hard to offer a variety of ethnic dishes, like their Philippine Pancit Noodles and Chicken made with carrots and cabbage (locally grown when these vegetables are in season!).  A different ethnic meal, like Somali Spaghetti and Hawaiian Luau Chicken, is featured on the lunch menu each month as part of the district’s Ethnic Foods ProjectThe project has been a hit with students and teachers!

Thanks to Chef Garrett’s training and inspiration, Highline Nutrition Services staff are looking forward to expanding their culinary skills and adding variety and new flavors to their healthy menu choices.

8 Comments - View or Leave a Reply

  • Ariane Maori Shanely September 13th, 2011 7:43 pm

    I would love to get the recipes to try them out. What a great way to build partnerships with Chefs.

  • The Tray Talk Team September 13th, 2011 10:41 pm

    Thank you for your comment. We will forward the recipes to you!

  • Paula Tarletno September 15th, 2011 12:06 am

    I too would love to receive a copy of these receipes. They must be good if lunch participation is up 15%!

  • Peggy Richardson September 15th, 2011 12:16 am

    I would also enjoy trying these recipes. Something new for the students.

  • Anna Cash September 27th, 2011 11:46 pm

    I would as well! Thank you for hosting a forum that discusses success in schools rather than just the negative!

  • Julie Tucker September 28th, 2011 9:45 pm

    I would also love to have the recipes. Great story!

  • Jenna DeWitt December 15th, 2011 9:55 pm

    Would love to have the recipes to share with our lunch staff.
    The food looks Delicious and Nutritious.

  • Emilio Graf June 12th, 2012 2:38 am

    Please send the recipe for the south pacific island recipe Hawaiian chicken coconut veg rice

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