School Nutrition Association Regional Director of the Year Sal Valenza is Food Service Director for West New York Schools (NJ) and oversees cafeterias in six northern New Jersey school districts. Sal and his staff are always looking for fun ways to get students excited about eating healthier meals. So when the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and television personality and author Rachael Ray asked them to test healthy new school meal recipes with their students, they jumped at the chance.
Rachael Ray joins Sal Valenza and his nutrition team
in their West New York Schools kitchen.
Valenza and his team gave the recipes a trial run in their school kitchens, collecting feedback from students as well as the school chef and cooks who prepared the dishes. Now, students in New Jersey and in schools throughout the country are enjoying Rachael Ray’s Cheesy Mac & Trees, BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes and other scratch-prepared, veggie-infused, low-fat and low-sodium dishes. Schools and parents can click here to access the recipes.
Fruits and vegetables have always taken a front seat in Valenza’s cafeterias. The fruit and vegetable of the month program features new, often locally grown, produce every month. Last month, students in Bogota schools dined on Fresh New Jersey Tomato Sandwiches and Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with school grown fresh herbs; parents received the recipe for the school chef’s fresh Pico De Gallo, and teachers got involved by talking with students about the nutritional benefits of the tomato.