With constantly changing school models, it’s important to be prepared with recipes that can work for both on-premise and off-premise dining. Potatoes are an excellent ingredient choice as they can be served either hot or cold and are consistently a student favorite. Not only that, but potatoes are incredibly affordable, helping to keep food costs in check and these value-added products are perfect to help ease back of house strains.
And this year, don’t let Halloween go without a great treat. Here are a few spooky spud menu ideas that kids will love, will save on labor in the kitchen, and are perfect on-the-go:
Tater Tombstones with Chili and Cheese
Potato Breakfast Boo-ritos
Need more recipe inspiration? Try Tot Egg Cups, Wrapped Tater Dipz, Taters on the Half Shell, Potato Power Energy Bites, and more at PotatoesRaiseTheBar.com
A primary focus at schools is how to maintain positive nutrition for students to keep them fed, healthy, and energized throughout their day. Fruits and vegetables play a key role in maintaining a healthy diet and certain vegetables can really drive nutrition and sustenance throughout the day. Potatoes have one of the highest per dollar score of 8 essential nutrients including Potassium, Fiber, Protein, and Vitamin C – which can play an important role in immune function. In fact, potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C with 30% of the recommended daily allowance.
Operators across the country continue to inspire us with their off-premise dining solutions for students and we love seeing how they incorporate potatoes into their meals. Here, Staunton City Schools uses mashed potatoes in their individual quality frozen meals for student pick up.
Looking to update your menu and need some support? We’re here to help. Let us help you create custom recipes to fit your district’s demographics or other solutions you’re after; we’re here for whatever you need.
Need educational materials for your students? Our student backpack guide includes spud-tacular facts about potatoes and activities for the classroom or at home. Students can learn about potato farming, create delicious recipes, and play games to activate the mind!
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Grab & go solutions are more important than ever right now as students may not be consistently consuming their meals in the cafeteria. Here are some of our favorite grab & go recipes that can be served hot or cold: