Importance of School Meals
Research shows that students who participate in the school meal programs consume more milk, fruits, and vegetables during meal times and have better intake of certain nutrients, such as calcium and fiber, than nonparticipants. All of our meals meet or exceed the federal government's standards for school meals, which were revised in 2012 to include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and decrease the amount of sodium and trans fat.
11 Fun Facts about Herbs and Spices
Herbs can be used fresh or dried. Dried herbs offer a stronger flavor, so use 1/3 the amount of dried herbs when replacing fresh herbs in a recipe.
Ever wonder what the difference is between an herb and a spice? Spices come from the seeds, bar, berry or fruit of a plant and herbs come from the green leaves.
Dried herbs are added early in the cooking process to draw out their flavor. Fresh herbs are best added toward the end of cooking to get an enhanced flavor.
Did you know that you can use less salt and still amp up the flavor when preparing savory foods like meats and soups by adding spices or herbs such as garlic powder, oregano, dill and basil?
Growing your own herbs is a great way to have on hand all through summer. Herbs can be grown outdoors or in containers placed by a sunny window.
Baked fruits are a delicious dessert sweetened naturally with spices. Try adding cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor and sweetness!
Citrus juices and zest (the colored part of the peel) can be used as part of marinades and rubs to add flavor to foods.
Some spices flavor both sweet and savory dishes. Cinnamon is often added to sweet baked goods but can be found in savory dishes like chili.
Many Indian foods get their distinct flavor from curry spice, which is a blend of spices that often includes turmeric, cumin, and coriander.
Do you remember learning that Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492? This happened while he was searching for a shorter water route to find black pepper and cinnamon.
Chili peppers can be spicy and add heat to foods, except the Aleppo pepper is a type of chili pepper known for its mild flavor. It has half the heat of the crushed red chili flakes served with pizza.