Chef in the Kitchen
September brings us Back to School, Labor Day and the first day of Fall!
Back to School
Summer vacation is over and school is starting and going full swing. Most kids get ready for school with a special class supply list, a backpack and some new clothes to start their new school year. Homemade lunches will get the kids through the day as long as they are filled with plenty of nutrition. Nowadays, many school lunch programs are offering fresh fruits and vegetables as part of their cafeteria menu. If your school doesn’t offer them, make sure you pack plenty of easy-to-snack-on treats for your child and their friends…
Our newest snack trend is our new CLEAN SNAX®. These are delicious, wholesome, nut-based bites that are gluten-free, low-fat, low-sodium and contain no artificial ingredients. They come in 5 addicting flavors: perfect for lunch boxes or after school snacks!
Fresh carrots and light ranch dip are always popular as well as snap peas, broccoli pieces and teardrop tomatoes. Try slicing some fresh baby cucumbers; they are refreshing and low-calorie, too. Fresh fruit cut into cubes makes a perfect addition to lunch as well as adding some natural energy to your child’s day. Sliced apples with some low-fat cheese or even low-fat caramel are also a perfect snack.
Get creative with quinoa or couscous, adding fresh vegetables and a light balsamic vinaigrette for a filling, healthy and nutritious lunch. Whatever you prepare and send to school, make sure you pack it well, and make it fun and appetizing so your child will eat it!
Labor Day originated in 1894 with President Grover Cleveland. Labor Day began as a protest with the railroad workers back in the day because the workers wanted better pay. Since this was an election year, President Cleveland believed making Labor Day a holiday would help win him votes—even though he was not re-elected. The holiday is still celebrated today.
Today, Labor Day is a nationwide holiday; the kids get out of school and the banks are closed! Family get togethers are commonly filled with the last barbecues of summer… fall is very near and in some areas, the weather is already turning. If you are lucky enough to have barbecuing weather, be sure to try some of our favorite grilling items. Fresh chiles, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables make wonderful grilling items to enhance your family barbecue.
First Day of Fall
September 22, 2016 is the first day of fall. For many of us, that means trees turn beautiful colors and the season of pomegranates, fresh apples and squash is upon us. Halloween is right around the corner and warm weather recipes will be popular. Some of the most popular fall vegetables are Melissa’s Pearl Onions and Winter Squashes.
Warmer weather cooking ingredients like our Steamed Lentils or Steamed Baby Potatoes are perfect for soups and stews. Use our Cleaned & Sliced Leeks to add a mild onion flavor to any dish. Be sure to check out our favorite fall recipes.