We were fortunate enough to be given some donated food from Take a Bite Out of BC today. The sponsors gave us parsnips which we roasted. The result was a new appreciation for the vegetable as many enjoyed them just as much as French fries.
Well the recent cold snap has brought an end to the tomatoes in my garden. No use wasting the tomatoes but instead giving the students a chance to make a Deep South tradition. Since it was a new recipe, a trial and error approach was implemented. Although it was not overly popular with the students, they learnt important skills with pan frying and limiting food waste.
Pizza is a constant struggle at school with the abundance of cheap pizza joints around the school. The challenge was to make a pizza that could be fairly healthy for you and taste good. Success was reached! Students made a whole wheat dough with some adding herbs to their dough and a variety of vegetables were added. Students were given the choice to make thin, thick or stuffed crust and some even made crazy bread with left over dough. Sorry no pics as I forgot the iPad that day:(.
Well I had to meet the students half way. The challenge was to make a cookie that was somewhat healthy for you and actually tastes good. Of course money always come into play :). The result was this recipe with sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, oatmeal, whole wheat flour, coconut and wheat germ. For the negative was too much sugar and I couldn't switch chocolate chips to raisins for the picky ones in class ( but I at least halved the amount :). Result was an approval rate of 100percent.
Dave McCallum is a Foods Studies teachers at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey, British Columbia