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Veggie of the Month: Broccoli

We're no stranger to broccoli!  This delicious veggie has appeared on our menus since our founding in 2005 but we're always innovating to incorporate fresh veggies into our meals in fun and exciting ways. The upcoming new menu item, Broccoli Cheddar Bites, is no exception. They are savory snacks, perfect for keeping  kids satisfied throughout the day  While you'll start to see this popping up on our menus, you can also prepare recipes with broccoli in your own home such as our Broccoli & Chickpea Farfalle Salad

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Veggie of the Month: Carrots

Carrots are the quintessential, simple vegetable for kids on-the-go while apples are the classic, go-to fruit. Imagine combining the two together in one salad and you have a crowd favorite! When the sweet-sour flavors of the apple are paired with the sweet-heartiness of the carrots it makes for the perfect light and refreshing  dish: Carrot Apple Salad. The carrots play the leading role in the color profile of the salad and are what gives the recipe the added crunch and nutritious elements that are hard to beat!

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Veggie of the Month: Sweet Potato

The Sweet Potato, a naturally sweet treat!

Si mply prepared—mashed, baked, folded into waffles, or made into gluten-free baked fries—sweet potatoes are a nourishing addition to any meal.   Sweet potato flesh a nd skins can come in different colors—white, yellow, orange, red, and purple. 
 

Is it a Yam or a Sweet Potato?

You may have heard there’s a difference between sweet potatoes and yams. This is true. The difference is sweet potatoes are a root vegetable, whereas yams are tubers—a thickened part of the stem. 
 
In some parts of our country, "yam" is a slang word for the sweet potato! This pref erence may have stemmed from a shift when Southern farmers wanted to distinguish between their sweet potatoes and the more well-known varieties of the day. The word Yam actually  became trademarked in associated with Southern sweet potato varieties that were ora nge, soft and sweet. 
 
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Veggie of the Month: Edamame

 
What is Edamame?
 
Edamame means “beans on a branch” in Japanese. They are green soybeans that are a popular protein packed snack commonly eaten  in Japan.  They have a nutty, sweet flavor and slightly crunchy texture that kids crave.  The most fun way to eat edamame is straight from the pod. You can suck the beans out like a vampire. Or you can squeeze the pods to pop the beans into your mouth. Either way, they're the ultimate finger food. 
  
What is Soy?

Edamame is made from soybeans. Basically it's boiled "baby" soybeans, picked while still tender and cooked just before they peak.

Soy nuts are created by soaking soybeans in water, then baking them until they have a nutty, crunchy consistency. and begin to turn hard.

Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the remaining curd into white blocks that can be firm or creamy.

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning ingredients made from fermented soy beans, salt and Koji, made from the fungus Aspergillus oryzae) Miso is a thick paste used for flavoring sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with soup stock called Miso Soup.
 

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Veggie of the Month: Beets

Eat your beets! 

With their jewel red tones and earthy flavor, beets are one of the most dazzling colored root vegetables. Beautiful and nutritious, with a natural sweet taste, beets are a wonderful complement to a child's well-rounded menu. Plus, when mixed into foods, beets can turn any dish into a brilliant pink color that's fun to eat.

Check out these creative ways to sneak beets into your family's menu. 

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Veggie of the Month: Butternut Squash

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Veggie of the Month: Sugar Snap Peas

 

These little green gems are true to their name, full of natural sweetness and pack a crunch kids adore. Scroll down to see the facts you don't want to miss about this end of summer treat and a few resources on how to incorporate the food into your classroom and kitchen lessons this month.

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