Healthy Eating with Local Produce
Recipes from Home is an outreach program that gives kids a chance to contribute to their lunch menu. MRH students submit recipes to the HELP staff. Of the pool of recipes, five are selected to participate in recipe testing conducted by the esteemed Les Dames d'Escoffier. Taste tests are performed at the schools and the student body chooses which items they would like to have featured on the lunch menu.

2010 Recipes from Home Winners

First Place - Josh's Awesome Applesauce

Josh’s Awesome Applesauce

4 lbs apples
1 lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup apple cider
Honey to taste


1)      Child: Help your adult cut the apples and lemon into quarters. Place in heavy pot with cinnamon sticks. Add the apple cider.

2)      Adult: Cover the pot, bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the apples are very tender and broken down into a sauce. You may want to add some more cider. Cook about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly and remove the cinnamon sticks.

3)      Child: Help your adult put the sauce through a food mill or mesh sieve. Adjust the flavor to taste by adding honey. Refrigerate until served.

Second Place - Ethan's Fruit and Spinach Salad

Fruit and Spinach Salad

6 cups fresh spinach

1 cup sliced strawberries
½ cup fresh blueberries
1 can (11oz) drained mandarin oranges

Salad dressing:
1/3 cup poppy seed salad dressing
1 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients; mix well.

For salad dressing, mix well, and serve with salad. Other dressings: Strawberry or Raspberry Vinegarette

Third Place - Ramaneshwer's Carrot and Grape Slaw

Carrot and Grape Slaw (side dish)

2 cups shredded carrots
1 finely chopped onion
2 cups halved green/red grapes
¼ cup roughly chopped cashews
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups finely chopped cucumber
Freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients and toss.

Fourth Place - Race's Lemon Ginger Green Beans

Lemon Ginger Green Beans

1 lb green beans
1 medium carrot, julienned
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of ½ the lemon
Few slices red onion, minced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
¼ ground ginger
Steam green beans and set aside. Mix all other ingredients in container until blended to create dressing. Pour dressing over green beans. Season to taste.

Fifth Place - Ellie's Not Your Grandma's Spaghetti (Squash)

Not Your Grandma’s Spaghetti

1 spaghetti squash
4 Tbsp butter
Juice of half a lime
¼ tsp butter
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ cup feta cheese

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Spray the interior of the squash with non-stick cooking spray. Place squash cut side down on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
(It should feel soft like a baked potato.) Scrape with a fork the cooked squash out of the shell. It looks like spaghetti! Toss the spaghetti squash with the butter, nutmeg and lime. Top with feta cheese and serve.

If you want to make this a main dish you can add grilled chicken and red peppers.