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From Our Chefs: Top 10 Favorite Ingredients to Use

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Our Chefs have a lot of tools in their toolboxes, including Menu Builder, our web-based tool that helps keep menus varied and balanced, and the Touch of SAGE® app that provides feedback about the community’s likes and dislikes. But perhaps our Chefs’ most underrecognized tools are the simple, wholesome ingredients they use every day. They take great care in choosing these ingredients, ensuring they’re fresh, local, and sourced responsibly. We asked our Chefs to weigh in on their favorite ingredients...


Ideas for Holiday Leftovers

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If you’re cooking a holiday meal and are wondering what to do with leftovers, we have some interesting ideas to help you use up extra ham, beef, and turkey. Add your leftover meat to: ● Noodles: mac and cheese, tetrazzini, and lo mein ● Sandwiches: banh mi, sliders, panini, and gyro ● Soups: pho, chili, gumbo, and posole ● Tortillas: enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, and tacos ● Rice: risotto, fried rice, and jambalaya ● Egg: frittata, quiche, and breakfast casserole ●...


From Our Chefs: Top 10 Easy Weeknight Meals

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After a long day of work, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing when you get home is laboring over an extravagant dinner or juggling dozens of ingredients for a complicated meal. Weeknight meal planning can be difficult, but there are several recipes that can make mealtime simple but still pack a punch with flavor and satisfy everyone nutritionally. So, what are some quick, but delicious, weeknight meals that you can pull off in about 30 minutes? Check out...


Chef-Recommended Spices and Herbs

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Have you ever looked into a sparse spice cupboard and wondered how a chef would restock it? Wonder no more! We interviewed four SAGE Chefs on their go-to spices, herbs, and flavor combos. Stock up on these, and you’ll always be prepared for a delicious meal. Rob Coutu, Chef for over 30 years “I keep a robust spice rack, including paprika, Spanish smoked paprika, basil, oregano, thyme, Tellicherry peppercorns, white peppercorns, star anise, chipotle and ancho chile powder, cardamom, whole...


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, familiar friendly favorites for Monday’s lunch. But what are their favorite dishes to prepare? Check out the top 10 dishes SAGE Chefs love to prepare! Soups and chili – All the...


Sweet & Savory Holiday Cheese Board

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Cheese boards are perfect for entertaining and engaging your guests and they also make great gifts! There are so many options of cheese and other accompaniments to add, so you can make it different every time. Follow along with SAGE’s Director of Menu Development Rob Coutu as he creates a cheese board with four types of cheese and discusses ideal pairings and servingware. Sweet & Savory Holiday Cheese Board from SAGE Dining Services® on Vimeo.  ...


Allergen-Free Halloween Treats

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Check out these ideas for allergen-free options for the little ghouls and goblins this Halloween! For trick-or-treating: Look for allergen-free Halloween candy varieties in grocery stores. Store allergen-free treats away from other items to reduce the risk of cross-contact. Provide prepackaged cut fruit or applesauce. Give out nonfood treats, such as stickers, pencils, or small games. Let everyone know you have allergen-free items by participating in FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project. For celebrating at home or at parties: Ask in advance...


From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Probiotics

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One of the ways you can protect yourself from the COVID-19 pandemic is to incorporate a balanced group of immune-supportive nutrients in your diet. We’ve shared information and recipes to help you learn more about and increase your intake of vitamin C, vitamin D, beta-carotene, zinc, and protein, and now we’re featuring probiotics! Probiotics are live, helpful bacteria that occur naturally in fermented foods, such as yogurt. They help your body digest food, support your microbiome (the collection of bacteria...


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