Monday!

Hi!
So I decided to just do a post with pictures today. I hope everyone had a good Monday!

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Fast Friday!

Hi!
Today seemed like it flew by for me. At lunch today I made a roasted tomato soup for the kids to try to go along with Friday pizza. It went over pretty well!

Here’s a pictures of the tomatoes before they were roasted and turned into soup!

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Now here’s the soup after adding a few more ingredients and ready to serve!

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The Salad Bar
Green Leaf Lettuce and Chickpea Salad

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Summer Squash and Carrot Sticks, Broccoli Florets, & Artichokes with Olives

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Grape Tomatoes, Plums, Cabbage and Apple Slaw, and Orange Slices

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Quote of the Day
“This is yummy!”- talking about the soup

Woo Wednesday!

Hi!

So today was an awesome day! There were thirteen kids who got lunch today. They loved the baked chicken thighs I made. They were so good we went through all of the chicken made! Even one of the girls who is a tough sell with certain food loved it! I absolutely love days like today. It makes me feel so good inside.

The Salad Bar

We had kiwi and orange slices, green leaf lettuce, pineapple slices and cantaloupe slices, edamame, and grape tomatoes.

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Then there was baked patty pan and summer squash, cucumber slices, crispy cauliflower, and corn on the cob.

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The Baked Chicken Thighs

They were seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, Italian seasoning, and a little salt.  Then baked at 375 until cooked through.

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Quote of the Day

“These are delicious!! You should make these all the time!” – From one of the neighborhood kids who comes in regularly.

Tuesday!

Hi!
Today was a great day, we had 8 kids! I also got three kids to try something they never had before. One tried honey beets and the other two tried edamame!

The Salad Bar
We had grape tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, pineapple slices, honey beets, and multi colored potato salad! The recipe for the salad will be coming this weekend!

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Then there was roasted zucchini, cantaloupe pieces, cucumber boats with mashed chickpea, edamame and corn on the cob.

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Quote of the Day
“The beets were pretty good”

Just Another Manic Monday :)

Hi!

Wow I can’t believe another Monday has come and is almost done. Today was a crazy day it felt like. Have you ever had one of those days where it feels like you wonder what could happen next? Well, today was one of them. It all started with not realizing milk had to be brought to a site, then another site got food delivered even though it wasn’t operating today, I ran out of time to do what I wanted with two different salad bar options, and lastly the avocado fries ended up getting something on them and were inedible. BUT in the end, the day ended up working out completely A-OK. And in life you have your easy days and your days that give you a run for your money. That is what makes life interesting! Ont that note…

I peeked in the garden this morning and everything is growing so lovely. I love walking out to the ten or twelve raised beds and seeing whats sprouting up. There’s something so satisfying about picking a vegetable right off the plant. Today I picked the first two zucchini. Oh my goodness were they ever delicious and almost sweet tasting! The best I have tasted. So, I have included some pictures of what’s popping up right now under the salad bar pictures. 🙂 I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

The Salad Bar

We had whole red apples, cucumber boats(I wanted to fill those with something! Tomorrow for sure those will have a filling!), sliced mango, & baked sweet potatoes.

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We also had green leaf lettuce, sliced fresh pineapple, grape tomatoes, honeyed beets, and some purple beans that turn green when you cook them!

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 The Garden Update

A Summer Squash arriving.

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A summer squash blossom

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A funky looking tomato

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An eggplant coming in! Yumm!

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The cutest peppers ever!

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The two Zucchini I picked for lunch today!

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Quote for the Day

“Learn to love the unexpected”

Friday!!

Hi!

Today was a really good day. We had 7 kids come in again today. It was also pizza day which is always a favorite! I did have one boy say that said everything was his favorite though. 🙂

The Salad Bar

There was romaine lettuce, cucumber sticks, corn salad, and carrot sticks.

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Then purple grapes, grape tomatoes, roasted green beans, olives, and cantaloupe.

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I got creative with the fresh squash I’ll be using next week !

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Quote for the Day

“I love everything.”

Thursdayy!

Hi!

Today ended up being a good day for the amount of kids we got. There were seven kids who got lunch today. Considering I plan for ten everyday I’d say 70% is a good number!

The salad bar had something interesting on it today, we roasted radishes! When radishes are cooked they lose their spicy bite and just become these delicious little bites of flavor. Then, we roasted some summer squash and green beans.

The Salad Bar

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Whoa Wednesday!

Hi!

Today was awesome! The Food Project came in today and ate lunch too. So we had a total of 13 kids who got lunches! Again I sound like a broken record but I love when they come in and we get a high number of kids. I especially love it because the kids are so appreciative of the lunch!

I made a chicken, vegetable, and pasta bake. It had everything from zucchini, garlic scapes, orange peppers, kale, canned tomatoes, onion, peas, ricotta cheese, and pasta in it. Then I sprinkled the top with homemade bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Last, I popped it in the oven until the top was nice and brown and heated through. It was delicious! I think about 8 or 9 of the kids had a second scoop of it! It was a huge hit amongst the kids. Days like this make me so happy inside. 🙂

The salad bar options were romaine lettuce, sliced cucumbers, orange pepper rings, radish flowers, multicolored grapes, roasted eggplant, pineapple and mango, grape tomatoes, summer squash rings and I also made a watermelon hedgehog!

**The salad bar pictures are lacking some of the options because I took pictures after everyone went through the line.

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Quote of the Day
“One day we’ll come in and make you a three course meal for lunch!”-from one of the kids in the Food Project, they really are the sweetest teenagers.

Tangy Tuesday

Hi!

So today was double the number of kids from yesterday!

There were lots if choices on the salad bar today, I think it was ten in total. We made garden guacamole that had lots of fresh lime juice, parsley, steamed and peeled canned tomatoes with some of the juice added, a sprig of fresh oregano, fresh chives, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to give it a little spice. It was delicious! There was the vegetable kohlrabi on the salad bar. It will be the vegi that looks similar to an alien head whole. (I’m doing the post from my phone so I can’t figure out how to put titles above the photos). Then we had three different colors of grapes, cherries & pineapple, olives, shredded zucchini & summer squash, and a few of the usuals.

The Salad Bar

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Quote of the Day
“Ya it was good!” -in reference to the kohlrabi

Monday and a Garden Update!

Hi! 

Today was a slow day for lunch, we only had two kids come to eat. I hate when the numbers are low, but tomorrow should be a little better because of a teen volunteer group coming in! On the bright side I took a walk out to the garden and saw so many vegetables popping up! I bet the zucchini will be ready to pick by the end of the week! So exciting and fun! 

The Garden Update

Sunflower that bloomed over the weekend!

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A baby bell pepper coming in!

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A zucchini that will probably be ready by the end of the week! 

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A beet just begging to be picked! Now onto…

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The Salad Bar 

Fresh Potato Salad and Green Leaf Lettuce

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Grape Tomatoes and Cucumber Quarters

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Orange Pepper Sticks and Red Grapes

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Avocado in Lime Juice, Olives, Mango and Pineapple Chunks

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The Whole Picture 🙂 

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