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Fresh from California: Menu Planning Support Session #3

Fresh from California: Menu Planning Support Session #3

About this Series

Looking for new ideas for your menus? Over the course of Spring 2022, the Center for Ecoliteracy hosted monthly menu planning support sessions in partnership with LunchAssist for our Fresh from California campaign. These informal group discussions were designed to support school nutrition professionals in plant-forward menu planning. Agendas were centered around local procurement, freshly prepared meals, menu/recipe considerations, navigating special diets, and much more to incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes into school menus. Each session is intended for California school nutrition directors and school district menu planners.

About this Session

This session highlights strategies for building a sustainable salad bar and includes new enticing ideas that promote a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for students.

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    Chat: Session #3 - Sustainable Salad Bars

    00:13:15
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Welcome! Please introduce yourself by typing your name, position, and where you work into the chat box. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable to feature on a salad bar?

    00:14:08
    Cristine Holmer:
    Cristine Holmer- San Diego- cut avovados

    00:14:23
    Kristin Hilleman:
    Shannon Illingworth, Nutrition Specialist, Capistrano USD. Cucumber slices!

    00:14:23
    Mary DeLong:
    Mary DeLong, Director, PLESD.  Peas

    00:14:41
    Sabina Feinberg:
    Feta Cheese

    00:14:53
    Karen Brown | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Karen Brown, creative director, Center for Ecoliteracy. Love jicama!

    00:15:02
    Dylan Hatami:
    Dylan Hatami, Nutrition Specialist/Area Supervisor, WCCUSD, Organic Strawberries from a local farm

    00:15:19
    Janelle Manzano:
    Janelle Manzano, F2S Specialist at San Diego Unified, I enjoy our spicy carrots featured on our salad bar!

    00:15:20
    Erica Lee:
    Erica Lee, Robla ESD, fresh pineapple!

    00:15:26
    Mickinzie Lopez:
    Mickinzie Lopez, LunchAssist - Sundried Tomatoes!

    00:15:42
    Marielena Covarrubias:
    Marielena Covarrubias   Whittier City School District - Meatless Southwest Salads

    00:15:43
    krysta williams:
    Hi Everyone, Krysta Williams from the Center for Ecoliteracy.  I love any fruit that I can add to my salad

    00:16:30
    Rosa Rubio:
    Rosa Rubio, Calistoga JUSD cucumbers!!!

    00:17:08
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Join the LunchAssist community here: https://www.lunchassist.org/join

    00:19:39
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdz7vF7YsIC0FpfXS5zKvgaunuSTSegNXjH2tMnyMbhpKfyBg/viewform?usp=sf_link

    00:20:10
    Jennifer McNeil:
    Hi Everyone! Jen here from LunchAssist, just joining in! I loved eating the EUSD Farm Lab lettuce on our salad bars when I was Director at Encinitas. 🥬

    00:21:00
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Sign up for Fresh from California offerings here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdz7vF7YsIC0FpfXS5zKvgaunuSTSegNXjH2tMnyMbhpKfyBg/viewform?usp=sf_link

    00:22:31
    Irene Vargas:
    Hello Everyone!

    00:24:19
    Jennifer McNeil:
    Hi, Irene! Thanks for joining us!

    00:26:38
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    CHATBOX: For more general information about special crops, here’s a fact sheet: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44719/5#:~:text=USDA's%20list%20clarifies%20that%20%E2%80%9Cspecialty,%2C%20turfgrass%2C%20and%20hops5)

    00:27:36
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    For those of you who have salad bars in your cafeterias, what are some benefits you have seen?

    00:28:19
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    We'd love to hear about your experiences with salad bars at your district!

    00:28:46
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    What School Nutrition Professionals Need to Know About COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/covid/school-nutrition-professionals.html

    00:30:34
    Irene Vargas:
    Our students prefer more choices and reduce food waste.

    00:31:04
    Kat Soltanmorad:
    Salad bars returning to our campuses have reduced our food waste significantly, especially with inflation and stressed supply chains. Quick thought- the fruit/veggie slide showing the focus to bring to students. Currently a 4 ounce serving of grapes would cost us $.90/serving. Drought is pushing prices really high for us.

    00:31:13
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    If you’re interested in learning more about schooling for sustainability, check out the Center for Ecoliteracy’s Smart By Nature publication. https://www.ecoliteracy.org/book/smart-nature-schooling-sustainability

    00:31:13
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Excerpt of the introduction here: https://www.ecoliteracy.org/sites/default/files/media/ecoliteracy-smart-by-nature-introduction.pdf

    00:33:42
    Kerry Billner:
    1,500,000 lbs

    00:34:49
    rebecca Ward:
    YIKES!

    00:38:40
    Irene Vargas:
    Can you please share the recipe?

    00:38:53
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Hey Irene - here's that recipe! https://www.google.com/url?q=https://healthyschoolrecipes.com/recipes/watermelon-rind-coleslaw/&sa=D&source=editors&ust=1652911054283940&usg=AOvVaw0-L9jWN49EUWRUYUd7-AQj

    00:39:15
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    We’ll send that recipe in our follow-up email with resources, too!

    00:39:16
    Candy Blanco:
    yes

    00:40:47
    Suzanne King:
    Measure Mizer spoons work really well

    00:41:22
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    That's a great tip - thanks Suzanne!

    00:41:45
    Karolyn Wasung:
    Is this poster available for us to use?

    00:44:14
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Karolyn, the poster is linked in the resources on our last slide! We'll share the link then.

    00:44:25
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Find the 1/2 cup portion printable here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VCeX_fHnLkZbccsSVO-8vCYl-vMVCcRr/view

    00:44:49
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Thank you @Liz!

    00:44:57
    Karolyn Wasung:
    Thank you!

    00:45:13
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    You are welcome @Karloyn!

    00:45:30
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Oh, thank YOU @Angela! ☺️

    00:45:42
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    ☺️

    00:45:46
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    CDE Management Bulletin on Salad Bars in the NSLP: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/mbsnp032020.asp

    00:59:14
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Ooooh, love the variety here!

    01:00:14
    Cristina Obregon:
    Do you have a recipe for the three bean salad ?

    01:01:35
    Michael Jochner | MHUSD:
    Themed Salad Bars.  Love it!  Imagine the themes....

    01:02:13
    Cristina Obregon:
    Great ideas for us to try.

    01:02:44
    Irene Vargas:
    Thank you for sharing!

    01:03:05
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    We'll be sending all these links out via e-mail!

    01:03:24
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    @Michael I know you could probably come up with a ton of themes 😁

    01:04:01
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Learn more about the LunchAssist PRO Membership featuring Chefs from Brigaid at https://drive.google.com/file/d/19XcG-mWjtFHWdL9ST_xAM0l5OTw4tc5x/view?usp=sharing

    01:04:25
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Are you interested in learning more about the LunchAssist x Brigaid partnership? Add your name to the waitlist and you’ll be the first find out more! https://forms.gle/pCDnqb7MreNgQBaZ9

    01:05:25
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Center for Ecoliteracy Resources

    01:05:25
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Learn more about the Fresh from California campaign: https://www.californiafoodforcaliforniakids.org/fresh-from-ca

    01:05:25
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Plant-Forward School Meal Resources: https://www.californiafoodforcaliforniakids.org/plant-forward-school-meal-resources

    01:06:41
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    No but I can find one. There are a ton floating around out there.

    01:07:06
    Irene Vargas:
    Thank you everyone! This was great information.

    01:08:06
    Jessica Krug | LunchAssist:
    Thank you Irene!

    01:08:09
    Cristina Obregon:
    Thank you. A good way to use USDA beans.

    01:08:36
    Crystal Whitelaw I Center for Ecoliteracy:
    USA pulses has quite a few great bean recipes as well: https://www.usapulses.org/?view=article&id=135:recipes-schools&catid=17

    01:08:36
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    BBQ Three Bean Salad recipe: https://healthyschoolrecipes.com/recipes/bbq-three-bean-salad/

    01:09:13
    Mickinzie Lopez:
    Does anyone have a favorite recipe from their salad bar? Or an item that your students love?

    01:09:25
    Cristina Obregon:
    Fantastic. Thanks for sharing

    01:09:31
    Michael Jochner | MHUSD:
    https://leanandgreenkids.org/  (all things bean)

    01:09:38
    Mary DeLong:
    Premade coleslaw dressing is quick add to make broccoli salad sweet.

    01:09:39
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    You are welcome @Cristina!

    01:09:51
    Crystal Whitelaw I Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Thanks for sharing @Michael!

    01:09:57
    Cristina Obregon:
    We are working on a diced chicken, spiniach, strawberry and sunflower seeds.

    01:10:04
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Checking it out now @Michael!

    01:10:22
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Oh Cristina that sounds delicious!

    01:11:37
    Julie Garcia:
    We do a "leftover salad on Fridays, kids love it!

    01:11:52
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Yesss @Julie!!

    01:11:56
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    That's a win!

    01:12:02
    Paula Parvinjah:
    Thank you for all the fun ideas!

    01:12:03
    Crystal Whitelaw I Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Great idea @Julie!

    01:12:06
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Thanks for having us!

    01:12:12
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    And thank you for joining us everyone!

    01:12:18
    rebecca Ward:
    thanks to everyone!

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