The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured items for February are broccoli and cauliflower. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local broccoli and cauliflower!
School Food Service Professionals
Morning announcement script:
- “Good morning! In February we are celebrating locally grown broccoli and cauliflower for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for these vegetables 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 and/or cauliflower are the featured vegetables for February’s Harvest of the Month. Look for broccoli and/or cauliflower from these local farms (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school lunch today (or on _________ day/date). Try local broccoli and/or cauliflower 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 cauliflower or broccoli florets to prepared salads or serve on a salad bar.
- Serve veggie dippers with fresh, local broccoli and cauliflower florets with low-fat ranch dip or hummus.
- Serve roasted, steamed, or sautéed broccoli or cauliflower, or mix them together. Herbs and flavors that compliment broccoli include lemon, dill, nutmeg, oregano and thyme. To compliment cauliflower, try basil, dill, parsley, rosemary, or tarragon. Try seasoning cooked broccoli or cauliflower with the American, Asian, Italian, or Ranch Shake it Up Seasoning Blends.
- Shake it Up recipes:
- 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
- Corn, Potato and Cauliflower Soup, pg. 34-35
- Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric, pg. 80-81
- Mac and Trees, pg. 114-115
Taste test ideas:
- Hold a taste test with raw broccoli and cauliflower florets, with or without a low-fat dip or hummus. Include education about the nutrients found in broccoli and cauliflower. Have students vote on which they prefer.
- Hold a taste test with roasted broccoli or cauliflower. 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.
- Q. What kind of flower should never be put in a vase? A: Cauliflower.
- Broccoli/Cauliflower Education Activity Ideas – coming soon.
Students and Families
- HOTM Fact Sheet – Broccoli Cauliflower
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using broccoli or cauliflower 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.
- MyPlate 10 Tips: Add More Vegetables to Your Day – Spanish