University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Education Program helped 15 kids in 6th through 8th grade learn the benefit of healthy nutrition. Each group (The Flying Bad Bakers and The Cookinaters) developed a meal for the final class (entree, sides, beverage and dessert) that focused on USDA’s MyPlate. They were judged on their meals, knife/cooking safety, teamwork, communication, and leadership. Five teachers, including their principle, participated and judged the meals and cast votes.
UMaine Extension Nutrition Associate Courtney Davis reported that both teams did OUTSTANDING; however The Cookinaters won the vote!
The meals that were prepared are as follows:
The Flying Bad Bakers: Turkey Tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, low-fat sour cream, shredded cheese on a whole wheat tortilla. They also included kidney beans and their own taco sauce in the ground turkey! They made a cranberry lime fizz drink and a fruit salad (apples, pineapples, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas) for dessert!
The Cookinaters: Multi-grain pasta with homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade turkey meatballs, and garlic bread from scratch. They also prepared a salad with a homemade Italian dressing. They made fruit smoothies and a fruit platter with a yogurt, honey cinnamon dip.