The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for January is broccoli. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local broccoli!
School Food Service Professionals
- Morning announcement script:
- “Good morning! In January we are celebrating locally grown broccoli for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for this nutrient-packed vegetable in your school lunch today (or on ________ day/date) and eat local! Harvest of the Month is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”
- “Broccoli is the featured vegetable for January’s Harvest of the Month. Look for broccoli from these local farms (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school lunch today (or on _________ day/date). Try local broccoli and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month, which is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”
- Add fresh, chopped broccoli florets to prepared salads or serve on a salad bar.
- Serve veggie dippers with fresh, local broccoli florets with low-fat ranch dip or hummus.
- Serve roasted, steamed, or sautéed broccoli as a vegetable side dish. Herbs and flavors that compliment broccoli include lemon, dill, nutmeg, oregano and thyme. Try seasoning cooked broccoli with the American, Asian, Italian, or Ranch Shake it Up Seasoning Blends.
- Shake it Up recipes:
- Roasted Cauliflower – the recipe can be made with broccoli.
- Broccoli Salad – from Barrow County Schools.
- Roasted Broccoli – from Carrollton City Schools. The recipe can also be made with cauliflower.
- Georgia Grown Cream of Broccoli Soup – from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Grown Test Kitchen.
- Broccoli Salad – USDA Recipe E-170 for Schools.
- New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks, from Vermont FEED.
- Broccoli Salad, pg. 26-27
- Mac and Trees, pg. 114-115
Taste test ideas:
- Hold a taste test with raw broccoli florets, with or without a low-fat dip or hummus. Include education about the nutrients found in broccoli. Have students vote on whether they like broccoli or not.
- Hold a taste test with roasted broccoli. Try this recipe for Roasted Broccoli, from Carrollton City Schools.
- Q: What do you get when you cross broccoli and a vampire? A: Count Broccula.
- Broccoli/Cauliflower Education Activity Ideas: Broccoli_Cauliflower_edu
- Harvest of the Month_Connect the Dots_Broccoli – activity sheet.
Students and Families
- HOTM Fact Sheet – Broccoli
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using broccoli in this interactive website. The website includes a searchable database for healthy recipes and can help with meal planning, cooking and grocery shopping, from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.
- MyPlate 10 Tips: Add More Vegetables to Your Day – A one-page tip sheet on adding more vegetables to your meals and snacks, from USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
- MiPlato 10 Consejos: Agregue más vegetables a su día