West Ottawa... Food For Thought
February 2022 - Food Service News
Valentine's Day Promotions || Thursday, February 10th
Red Food Lunch Takeover
National Cook a Sweet Potato Day || Tuesday, February 22nd
Sweet Potato Fries
In honor of national cook a sweet potato day sweet potato fries will be served at all schools with lunch on Tuesday, February 22nd.
Did you know sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A & vitamin C? They also offer a greater burst of energy compared to other vegetables because they are higher in carbohydrates which is your bodies preferred energy source!
Try Day Friday || Friday, February 25th
Are you excited to try something new?! Parsnips will be served at all schools on Friday, February 25th.
Parsnips are part of the carrot family. They are grown in Michigan and are harvested in the fall. Parsnips can be stored in a cold and humid area for up to 6 months. They provide potassium, vitamin C, and folate which are all nutrients needed for healthy bodies. Look below for a fun new recipe to make in your kitchen with parsnips!
Roasted Parsnip Fries
- 3 lbs parsnips
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Cut parsnips into evenly sized matchsticks.
- Place in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Evenly distribute the parsnips on a baking sheet in a single layer, making sure they have a little room on the sides to brown and caramelize.
- Roast for about 20-25 minutes, until the parsnips are starting to turn golden brown on the edges. Use a spatula to stir parsnips to redistribute, then roast for another 10-15 minutes or until tender and golden.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Note: For a sweeter flavor substitute 2 tbsp of garlic powder for maple syrup, cinnamon, or allspice.