Friday, December 16, 2011

Carrot Orange Salad

Carrot Orange Salad

With the onset of winter, we are cooking with more citrus fruit to fight off colds and germs.  Citrus fruit like oranges, lemons and grapefruits are in season during the winter in California.  The tasty fruit is rich in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system.  Similarly, citrus fruits contain an acid, called citric acid, which helps energize the mind and muscles.  Students in class are using ph paper to test mandarin organes for citric acid.  Students love watching the ph paper change color!  Students are practicing using graters and are grating carrots to make a tart and sweet carrot orange salad.  The salad makes a perfect side to any winter feast. 

Carrot Orange Salad
 Serves 4


·      1 ½ cups of grated carrots
·      2 mandarin oranges peeled and finely chopped
·      ¼ cup craisins
·      ½ or 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
·      1 Tablespoon agave nectar


1. Comine all ingregidents and enjoy cold.  

Ingredients for Carrot Orange Salad
Student grating carrots for the salad
The finished product

Apple Oatmeal

Apple Oatmeal

In the Nutrition kitchen, students have been studying the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.  Coined as the “most important meal of the day,” eating breakfast can increase a child’s focus, a child’s energy and a child’s academic success in school.  Students cut apples and helped prepare the apple oatmeal.  The meal was one of the most popular meals of the year and it only took 5 minutes to cook!  See the recipe below to enjoy apple oatmeal at home. 

Apple Oatmeal:

Makes 4 servings.
·      1 3⁄4 cups 100% apple juice
·      1 cup quick cooking oats
·      1 large apple, cored and cut into bite-size chunks
·      1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·      1⁄8 teaspoon salt (optional)
1.     Combine all ingredients in a medium, microwave safe bowl.
2.     Place in microwave uncovered and cook on high for about 2 minutes.
3.     Stir and let cool for
1 minute before serving.
4.     Oatmeal could also be prepared on medium heat on a stove stop.

Student practicing knife safety
Apple Oatmeal cooking on the stove top