For the Love of School Nutrition – Lasagna Recipe
It’s February and that means it’s the month made for love!
….the LOVE of food that is….
Or, more specifically, the love of school nutrition. Our School Nutrition programs across the country have really taken a hit to our already historically widespread negative image mostly as a result of school Nutrition Standards changing over these past couple of years. It’s no secret that students across the U.S. protested these changes. Didn’t know about this?? See one of the stories HERE.
While the standards continue to change, I am proud that my district adheres to the strict standards all while striving to provide the best tasting recipes within the guidelines allotted. (Learn more about the Guidelines)
I’m a huge advocate of having a cooked-from-scratch recipe, if at all possible, on the menu each day as a choice. Why? Because our students of today may never have a chance to eat a home cooked meal. By no means any fault of the parents — it’s just the way our world has evolved over the years. We are so much more on the go than we were even just 10 years ago. We barely have time to ourselves anymore, let alone cook a meal for our family on a regular basis.
School Nutrition programs are in a position to help expose and teach these kiddos to some traditional, home-style cooking, and that’s exciting! I had the pleasure this past week, while on site for a training assignment, to cook our Lasagna from scratch for lunch that day. (I’ll share a condensed-for-home recipe below)
This is the beginning part of the recipe – making the sauce in the Tilt Skillet.
Next, we assemble the layers – sauce, noodles, sauce, noodles, cheese, repeat:
Now, it cooks. This is the Combi Oven where we are cooking it on a combination mode of convection hot air and steam. By combining the conditions of steamer cooking and the efficiency of convection baking, this keeps the food evenly cooked while retaining moisture throughout.
While it’s cooking, the Food Service Assistants are busy getting the rest of the meal ready, like our very tasty Caesar Side Salad.
And finally – the best part – the finished product, nicely plated and ready to be consumed!! YUM!!
Doesn’t this just look scrumptious?? …and I’m not biased because I made it!! I promise!! With our delicious Caesar Side Salad, Fresh Cut Fruit, and cold 1% Milk, this meal is filling and very enjoyable!
–By sharing my school recipes and stories, I hope to dispel myth that ALL school lunches are “slop” or “mysterious”. Fall in love with school lunches!! —
Try this recipe at home for your family!