The Last Monday & Tuesday!

Wow I can’t believe it’s the last week of Summer Lunch! This summer really flew by!
Yesterday was fun, we did a tomato tasting of all the different tomatoes growing in the garden. The kids thought it was really cool to be able to see how each variety tasted so different and had different textures. Some were more juicy, some were sweeter or more acidic, and some were mild.
Our tomato test plate:


Then today there were buckwheat groats in the closet do I decided to use them! I made them in a similar way as you would oatmeal. I had some fresh peach purée so I added that too. The groats also had cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg added to it. The kids surprisingly were receptive to them. It was great, all of the kids who tried them said they liked them!
The Salad Bar’s



Thursday and Friday Combo Deal


Wow, I can’t believe that next week is the last week of Summer Lunch. Where did the summer go?! Well, yesterday was a really good day and today was too. But I can only take credit for yesterdays complete salad bar because I had the day off today! I did plan today’s salad bar but my supervisor covered for me and did a beautiful job!

Thursday’s Salad Bar


Friday’s Salad Bar
It looks like they had roasted eggplant with sauce and fresh mozzarella on top, hard boiled eggs, yellow cucumbers, garden tomatoes, cantaloupe and blueberries, garden green and purple peppers, and a corn, broccoli, and garden green & purple bean salad.



Hmm… Fresh figs and a rooster surprise!


Fresh Fig Feedback
Most of the kids gave smiles, thumbs ups, and a general consensus that they were really good! I think Jen said one if the girls went back for a second.
I love that these kids are exposed to such great and healthy food during the summer. I know personally, I didn’t try fresh figs until I was probably 17 or 18.




Monday and Tuesday!

Yesterday was a great day for harvesting from the gardens! I think I picked 11 peppers, 8 eggplant, almost a pint of tomatoes, and a zucchini. It was so amazing and so much fun picking everything. I look at it as a treasure hunt because you never know what’s waiting out there to be picked! Here’s a picture of the harvest:


Then I’m posting the salad bar pictures from Monday and today!
Monday’s Salad Bar
We had roasted eggplant, sliced purple, green, and red peppers, clementines, bananas, sautéed broccoli stems, romaine lettuce, green beans and roasted beets, and cucumbers.



Tuesday’s Salad Bar!
Today we had fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil salad drizzled with a balsamic vinegarette, sliced yellow cucumbers (aka salt & pepper cucumbers), sliced multicolored peppers, pears with a homemade fruit dip (pomegranate yogurt, cream cheese, & strawberry preserves), roasted carrots, hard boiled eggs, romaine lettuce, and a beet & broccoli salad.






Then after lunch today I was told that one of the local farms donated 400 lbs of fresh produce so I was able to grab half a dozen local cantaloupe, 20 ears of corn and many beautiful various types of tomatoes! It was like there was a farm fairy that delivered today 🙂 I was so happy when I was able to take my pick of everything! Here are my picks:


“Quote of the Day”
Me: hey did you try the yellow cucumbers?
Child: Oh those are cucumbers? I gave them to my brother because I thought it was squash.
Me: You should try them, they’re really tasty even better than green in my opinion.
Child: (tries the cucumber) Hey you’re right they really are good!

And this is why I love my job, I’m able to introduce kids to vegetables they didn’t even think they liked but ends up they do!

Friday’s Salad Bar and Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market Finds!

Friday was a great day for kids. I made homemade pizza pockets for pizza Fridays. They were whole wheat and had cheese and sauce in them. Then I also made “pop tarts” from the same dough. Those were filled with strawberry jam and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They were both delicious!

Then the salad bar had pineapple Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, homemade baba ganoush (spelling?) it’s a roasted eggplant dip, mini pita pockets for dipping, carrots mixed with green garden peppers, honey dew melon, watermelon chunks, orange slices, tomato pieces, cucumber slices, and romaine lettuce.


The Quote of the Day
“Everything was awesome!”

Farmer’s Market Finds from Today!
A green smoothie, corn on the cob, fresh basil, a cucumber, grape tomatoes, zucchini blossoms, vanilla gelato, and a giant watermelon!




Then I made a farmers market corn salad! I used fresh corn, basil, tomatoes, cucumber, olive oil and lemon juice. So yummy!



Today we had 9 kids! I love when we get 90% participation. It’s so great when there are that many kids getting lunch!

Something fun I made today was zucchini brownies! The kids loved them! They were also really easy to make, but I bet they would be even yummier with some melted dark chocolate added to them!

The Salad Bar
We had pineapple slices, honeydew slices, pineapple Greek yogurt, cherry tomatoes, green pepper slices, bean salad, romaine lettuce, whole plums, and cucumber slices!


Quote of the Day
“These [brownies] are super good and awesome!”


Today was a great day, we had 12 kids get lunch. A majority of them were the kids from the food project. I love when they are here because the are always so enthusiastic about the food! It really makes my day!

Today I made orange chicken and veggie stir fry as the entree and it went over really well! Then, they also ate roasted eggplant! Eggplant is usually a tough sell, so i was so happy when they were willing to eat it. I also made a relatively healthy peach crisp as a small treat!That was also loved by the kids, especially by one of our picky eaters!

Orange Chicken and Roasted Eggplant


Peach Crisp


The Salad Bar
We had pineapple slices, cherry tomatoes, honeydew melon, summer squash coins, cucumber slices, sliced onions, romaine lettuce, and garden pepper sticks.


Quote of the Day
“This is really really good! How do you make it?!” – our picky eater asking about the peach crisp

Tasty Tuesday

Today was awesome! I got kids to try eggplant by making eggplant rollatini. What I did is mixed ricotta cheese with shredded sautéed summer squashes, some Parmesan cheese, and a couple eggs. Then I put the cheese mixture on eggplant slices that had been boiled for a few minutes and rolled them up. Then I put them in the pan with sauce and shredded cheese on top! Baked them for about 40 minutes at 375 and they were done and delicious! Also, with the extra cheese mixture I put it in a couple peppers and made them into stuffed peppers!

Then two of the interns Mary and Heather made pizza muffins which were fabulous! We had so many fun items today, it was great!

The garden was also pretty giving this morning with a few more peppers, eggplant, and summer squash.

The Eggplant Rollatini

The Stuffed Peppers

Pizza Muffins!

Rainbow Swiss Chard from Amy’s Garden
(before it was cooked)
After it was cooked

The Salad Bar
Blanched Green Beans with olive oil and lemon juice

Summer Squash Slices

Watermelon Wedges & Cucumber Slices

Cherry Tomatoes & Honeydew with Pineapple

Garden Green Peppers & Romaine Lettuce


Quote of the Day
“I really liked the eggplant, my sister who doesn’t like eggplant even liked it when my mom sliced it up for her and didn’t tell her what it was.” I love responses like these, it really warms my heart 🙂

Monday Again!

Wow I can’t believe there are only three weeks left of summer lunch! Our interns leave this week and I’m sad to see them leave. They help out so much and will be truly missed! The work they do is definitely appreciated. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t of had the time to make some of the fun things I’ve made this summer!

Today we only had a couple kids come in. I got them to try roasted summer squash though by bribing them with the chocolate banana pudding I made the other day. The kicker is the quote from one of the kids. Everyone thought it was so good, I mean who doesn’t like chocolate and banana together?

We had mostly typical items on the salad bar because we prepped the equivalent to 3 salad bars today. So I’ll just include a couple pictures I thought were pretty. Two other sites just got salads bars so we now supply them with the options for their salad bar. It’s so great that more kids now get the opportunity to use a salad bar!

The Garden Harvest for Monday Morning
There were so many gorgeous peppers waiting to be picked along with half a dozen eggplant!


Roasted Garden Peppers and Eggplant!


Quote of the Day
“This tastes weird…” the response to the pudding made with bananas and cocoa powder.

Thursday and Friday post!

So the past couple days have been fun! Yesterday I made a macaroni and cheese with a whole head of cauliflower in it without the kids even knowing! Then today I made a chocolate pudding from avocado, banana and cocoa powder. That pudding tasted like heaven! The banana were nice and ripe so they lent the perfect sweetness. I wish I remembered to snap a picture of the pudding because from looking at it you would have never known it was healthy for you! The salad bar has also been very rainbow like which is the goal!
The garden is exploding right now with peppers, eggplant, and a few summer squash popped out today! I love starting my morning with a stroll through the garden.

The Garden Goods 🙂

This is a sunflower waiting for fresh sunflower seeds to be picked from it. They were really yummy!

Then I picked 7 peppers, 4 eggplant, 3 summer squash, and 1 grape tomato!

The Salad Bar



These were the options for Thursday!
Those fun purple looking things are roasted purple potatoes that the kids loved. They were seasoned with rosemary, thyme and a sprinkle of salt. The kids raved about them, with a few kids getting a second helping of them!

Then this is the macaroni and cheese with cauliflower in it! Which was another hit among the kids!


Then these were the options today. A few fun things were fruit soup( made with super sweet strawberries and grapes all whirled up in the blender), garden peppers, and sautéed onions from a local farm that were just gorgeous.

Quote of the Day
“Those potatoes are so good!”