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School Lunch Project

How To Make Lo Mein Lettuce Wraps

Laura Fuentes | Posted 07.13.2014 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

I've become a fan of recreating our favorite dishes with ingredients everyone will love.

School Lunch Project: Apples & Cheese Quesadillas

Laura Fuentes | Posted 11.10.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

How exactly do you pack a quesadilla in a lunchbox?

Homemade Fruit Cups

Laura Fuentes | Posted 10.27.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Have you ever wished those store bought fruit cups were made with fresh fruit?

How to Pack Yogurt

Laura Fuentes | Posted 10.20.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Here are some tips on how I keep yogurt cool till lunch.

School Lunch Project: Veggie Mac & Cheese Thermos

Laura Fuentes | Posted 10.12.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

I really like sending warm school lunches. I've filled my kids thermoses with lasagna, spaghetti, rice, soups... and they are typically very receptive.

Chemistry Cook-Off: Appreciate the Science Behind the Food

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 09.25.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

When I read an article about how a teacher used a chemistry cook-off to engage her students in the study of physical and chemical change and unit conversions, I immediately decided to bring a chemistry cook-off into an elective I was planning to teach.

School Lunch Project: 10 Summer Camp Lunch Ideas

Laura Fuentes | Posted 09.12.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Packing lunch for our kids doesn't end when the school year does. For many of us, we're still packing for daycare, work, and even summer camps. Need ideas? These 10 will help you get out of the PB&J rut.

Five Reasons to Play With Food in the Science Classroom

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Enjoying the fruits of her labor, one of our sixth graders wondered aloud why she would ever buy these items from a store now that she knew how to make tastier versions herself.

Food for Thought: Student Perspectives on School Gardens

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

From small victories like overcoming fears of eating plants like mint right out of the garden ("you can eat that, Miss? Oh my gosh, it tastes like gum!") to bigger changes affecting the eating habits of whole families, our school garden is slowly changing the way students think about their food.

School Lunch Project: The Hummus Tray

Laura Fuentes | Posted 07.14.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Lunch doesn't have to be all about sandwiches.

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

Laura Fuentes | Posted 06.29.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Consider this recipe for chewy oatmeal raisin granola bars your new secret weapon.

Herb Gardening for Healthy Bodies & Planet

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Although the amount of CO2 stored in herbs is miniscule, it provides a useful, concrete framework for students to conceptualize the carbon cycle, and it might inspire them to grow a more sizable plot of biomass.

School Lunch Project: Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burritos

Laura Fuentes | Posted 06.05.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Do you find yourself throwing away small portions of leftovers because you couldn't figure out what to do with them? I know I used to!

10 Easy Swaps for Healthier Lunches

Laura Fuentes | Posted 05.29.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Assuming you have lots of school lunch ideas already, here are 10 easy swaps for healthier lunches and snacks. When in doubt, go back to basics and use fresh ingredients.

Sustainability and Salad Greens: A Greenhouse Success Story, Part II (PHOTOS)

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 03.20.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

I love that every day in the cafeteria I can get a salad grown right here, in Montpelier High School greenhouse.

School Lunch Project: Leprechaun Grilled Cheese

Laura Fuentes | Posted 05.12.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Ask any leprechaun out there and they will tell you that they eat lots of green food items. While we only seem to look at green foods during St. Patrick's Day time, I look for new ways of giving my kids green foods year round (because they are good for them, right?).

Sustainability and Salad Greens: A Greenhouse Success Story

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Every single student spends at least one biology unit growing salad greens that are served in the school's cafeteria. Students in Environmental Applications and Health classes prepare dishes using food grown in the greenhouse.

School Lunch Project: Kids and Shaped Foods

Laura Fuentes | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Laura Fuentes

A few seconds of cutting and shaping food might just be the trick you need to get your kids to try new things.

Healthy Spaghetti O's

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.29.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

In order to remedy the "mom, can we get Spaghetti O's for dinner?" question, I decided to make my own version.

School Lunch Project: Organize Your Fridge To Save Time And Money And Feed Your Kids Better

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Laura Fuentes

With a little planning and a couple of hours one night per week, your fridge could look organized and ready for your week, just like mine.

School Lunch Project: The Pesto Lunch Tray

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.14.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Have you ever had your kids go nuts for a dish you thought wouldn't go over so well? You know what I mean -- you decide to try a new recipe from a cookbook, Pinterest or your favorite blog and everyone loved it!

School Lunch Project: Homemade Chicken Strips

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.07.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

I refuse to order fried chicken that arrives in a box, at room temperature and with no other fresh ingredients for my daughter's lunch. Instead, I make my own baked chicken strips one night every few weeks. I hope your family enjoys them as much as she does.

School Lunch Project: Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.30.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

When it comes to packing fresh fruit in our children's school lunch, the difficulty often lies in how to pack it so it stays fresh through the lunch hour and making sure it doesn't go to waste.

Healthy Homemade Ramen

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.26.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

What kinds of thoughts come to mind when I say, ramen noodle soup? Late-night college snack? In-case-of-emergency shelf stable food? How about a staple in many school cafeterias? We created a healthy ramen noodle soup recipe kids will love.

School Lunch Project: The Deli Box

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.16.2013 | Home
Laura Fuentes

When parents ask me what I think makes a fun lunch; I tell them that kids love familiar foods divided into compartments, rainbows of color and variety. 2013-01-14-deliboxpull.jpg