This Friday is our very first build your own pizza day! I will be going into each classroom and helping the teachers and students top English muffins with sauce, cheese, and different toppings. This is part of our bigger goal to incorporate food, cooking, meals, and nutrition more into the curriculum at Abeona. Not to … Continue reading Build Your Own Pizza Day
We are very excited this week to be finally putting in our new school garden! Working with professional gardener Susie Wrenn, whose work you can see at Atchafalaya Restaurant (among others), we hope to have a beautiful and diverse garden. Our vision is to have vegetables, flowers, and even fruit trees that our students can … Continue reading School Garden
One of my favorite breakfasts to make is granola. If you haven’t tried it at home, it’s super easy and versatile. I actually don’t even measure anything except the oats when I make our Abeona House granola. Add your favorite 100% juice, some molasses and brown sugar, salt, and olive oil until your oats clump … Continue reading Granola: It’s for Everyone!
We eat a lot of eggs at Abeona House, it’s no joke. They’re full of protein, easy on a budget, and kids love them (unless you have an egg allergy, then you’ll probably have toast and sunbutter that day). To feed around fifty 1-4 year olds takes 39 eggs according to the USDA. That takes … Continue reading Eggciting Personal Victory
Friday September 5th was National Cheese Pizza Day! In accidental celebration, we feasted on delicious cheese pizza on our homemade sourdough crust. The dough is started from a little chunk saved from the last batch, and takes 3 days to finish. The original sourdough was made in France many years ago using rotting fruits and … Continue reading National Cheese Pizza Day
Sometimes a picky eater can be a daunting task for caregivers. One day, feeling a little defeated, I cried to Julie, “If only we could give an M&M reward when they try everything on their plate!” Rewards and incentives subsequently became one of our topics of conversation during Professional Development. We discussed how rewards for … Continue reading Thank-You Bites
Chef David has been enjoying a nice vacation back home with his family. He worked really hard to prepare everything in advance, and we have had a great week of tasty, nutritious food even though he isn’t here. And now it’s time for everyone to take a little vacation. Abeona House will be closed Monday, … Continue reading Happy Labor Day!
Welcome back, parents and students! To our new families, we are so excited to get to know you and grow with you. While you were away, teachers spent the week in professional development, sprucing up the school and getting curriculum in order. The kitchen is all ready too, serving up another year of delicious, fun, … Continue reading Welcome Back!
We are going to have one of my favorite dishes this month. It’s a Louisiana delicacy, gone vegetarian: chickpea jambalaya! I start by sauteing and seasoning all my vegetables, then adding vegetable stock with tomatoes and molasses. This gets added to rice and chickpeas and baked for an hour and a half. Chickpea jambalaya is … Continue reading Chickpea Jambalaya
I’m very happy to announce Abeona House now officially has a veggies and dip snack every Wednesday! The first trial run was a total success, as the kids got to drip pieces of cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower into my homemade ranch dip. I’m so glad we are able to diversify what … Continue reading Veggie Snack Wednesdays!