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04/23/19

From Our Chefs: Top 10 Favorite Dishes to Prepare

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Our Chefs, many of whom hail from top-tier culinary schools and restaurants, have dedicated their careers to working in your school communities. Known for their versatility, they can pull out all the stops for a high-end catering event with elegant meals on the weekend, and then reliably deliver regional, kid-friendly favorites for Monday’s lunch. But what are their favorites? We polled them to find out what they love to prepare for their communities. We think some of these might also...

04/16/19

Growing SAGE: Campus Garden at River Oaks Baptist School

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Spring has sprung! At many SAGE venues, we’re getting our campus gardens ready for planting. 70% of the communities we serve have a type of garden – from small herb boxes to small farms – and we enthusiastically harvest from them for our recipes. We know how important it is for young people to be exposed to gardening. Research shows that gardening experiences from childhood through young adulthood affect the amount of fruits and vegetables that young people eat. So...

04/09/19

One-on-One with a SAGE Team Member: Margaret Scott

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Meet SAGE Team Member Margaret Scott. She's been with SAGE for 10 years, all at Calvert Hall College High School in Maryland! How did you get into food service? It’s always been something I like to do. I started with home economics in middle school—I liked sewing, homemaking, and cooking. During high school, I started in fast food at Roy Rogers. What’s your role in the kitchen? My main role is working in prep—baking, roasting chicken and turkey for the...

04/02/19

Taste of India: Curried Indian Chicken and Chickpea Soup

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Indian cuisine is known for its diverse spices and flavors, but don’t let that scare you. This classic dish uses ingredients that are common in most kitchens. Check your pantry for curry powder, pick up some ginger root on your next trip to the market, and you’re on your way to creating a healthy and hearty soup. Serve it with rice or warm naan for a delicious, traditional meal! Serves 6 Ingredients: 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast ½ teaspoon...

03/26/19

Top 10 Most Popular Main Ingredient Entrées

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The students have spoken! We know our students love mac and cheese and pizza, but we also know that their palates can be pretty sophisticated. With feedback from our Touch of SAGE™ Mobile App, our Director of Menu Development put together a list of the most popular unconventional Main Ingredient entrées in our communities. Check it out for some dinner time inspiration! 10. Baja Fish Tacos (check out the recipe here) 9. Grilled Cheese & Braised Short Rib Sandwich 8...

03/26/19

Top 10 Tips for Brain Health and Academic Achievement

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Preparing for test day can be nerve-racking enough—help your kids out with these brain-boosting nutrition tips: 10. Eat breakfast: Academic achievement is more likely with regular meal consumption, especially breakfast. Breakfast-eaters score higher on standardized tests and have higher GPAs than peers who skip this meal. 9. Don’t forget the fruit: Students consuming two or more servings of fruit per day, especially berries, have been shown to have improved academic achievement. Berries are high in anthocyanins and other flavonoids, which...

03/20/19

Growing Your Own Produce

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The days are getting longer, and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring gardens. More than 200 of the communities we serve have a type of garden — from simple herb boxes to full-fledged farms. And to put it simply, we love it when our communities grow their own. Campus gardens provide endless opportunities for learning, and they have a positive impact on the food and vegetable consumption of the students we serve. We live in a busy...

03/19/19

From Our Dietitians: Top 10 Tips to Persuade Picky Eaters

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You want your children to have the best nutrition possible—but let’s be real, when it comes to eating new or healthy foods, kids can be stubborn. Don’t despair! These tips from our Dietitians, coupled with some patience and perseverance, will help expand the palettes of even your most finicky eaters. 10. Change it up: Introduce previously rejected foods in new ways. Use different spices, flavors, or cooking methods. 9. Go all in: Cook the same meal for the whole family...

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