Who’s Cooking Tonight?

Out of ideas on what to make for tomorrow’s breakfast, lunch or dinner? No excuses! October is National Cookbook Month! At LCPS, we have our own “cookbook” where we’ve compiled all of our recipes for the school year. At the beginning of the school year, we distribute to all of our schools at our Back…

School Nutrition Helps Guilford Elementary Introduce PBL Unit

Written By: Stefanie Dove, RDN, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator Last week, School Nutrition worked with the third-grade students at Guilford Elementary to kick off their year-long PBL project. The driving question for this unit is “how can we as young chefs, make healthy choices at school and at home?” Stefanie Dove, RDN and Marketing Coordinator,…

School Nutrition Hosts District Wide Taste Test

The Harvest of the Month promotion began last school year and continues to be a popular event at all 87 schools in Loudoun County this year.  This farm to school promotion allows all students in the county to try a new seasonal fruit or vegetable at no cost each month.  Students have been able to…

Cheesy Chickpea and Broccoli Bake

Looking for a new kid-friendly recipe to serve this Thanksgiving? Why not try this cheesy chickpea broccoli bake?  Our students love eating broccoli for school lunch, so it is a great way for them to also enjoy it at home.  The cheese helps provide ample calcium, broccoli is full of  vitamins and minerals, and chickpeas…

Celebrate Election Day With Patriotic Fruit Kabobs

The kids are out of school and the polls are open for Election Day! Why not celebrate with this delicious fruit-filled snack from Better Recipes? Ingredients: 1 pt Strawberries, sliced 1 cup Blueberries 6 Bananas, cut into pieces Bamboo Skewers Directions: Prepare fruit. On 7 skewers thread strawberries and bananas, alternating between the two. On…

Harvest of the Month Recipe: Mushroom Quesadilla

Our Harvest of the Month program is back in full swing for the new school year!! All K-12 students will have the opportunity to try a seasonal fruit or vegetable at no cost during school lunch.  This is open to all students, not just those who purchase school lunch that day.  The first feature items…

Cooking With Kids To Win

Children who take an active part in menu planning and cooking meals with their families are more likely to try new things and eat an adequate amount at each meal.  Uncle Ben’s is providing free cooking education lessons for families to download, complete with recipes so that more kids can get in the kitchen with…

School Nutrition Services Wins “One In A Melon Award” for Virginia

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) School Nutrition Services received a “One in a Melon” Award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to bring fresh, local produce to the students eating in school cafeterias each day. One district per state received the honor. LCPS was selected from among all of the…

Kid-Friendly Strawberry Salsa Recipe

Strawberries are a versatile fruit- they make a great snack or dessert, but can also pair nicely with salty foods or meats to balance savory flavors with a touch of sweetness! Try this easy 5-ingredient salsa at your next cookout- either on top of some grilled chicken, or as a dip for chips! INGREDIENTS: 1…

Health Benefits of Strawberries

It is no coincidence that our students love strawberries!  This year, we have been fortunate to expose our students to locally grown berries from Wegmeyer’s Farm right here in Loudoun! Here are some fun facts about strawberries! One cup of strawberries provides more than 100% of the recommend daily allowance of vitamin C for adults…