Culinary skills and recipes that meet meal pattern requirements can be barrier to including more Iowa-grown foods in farm to school and farm to ECE programs. Luckily the Chop! Chop! Culinary Skills Training Videos are here to help!
Demonstrating everything from knife skills to washing squash to freezing ratatouille – these free training videos are here to help you and your school food service staff use more fresh, Iowa-grown fruits and vegetables—and whole grains—in your school meal program by introducing new foods, recipes and culinary skills. View all six videos, along with support resources and recipes for your school lunch programs online here.
The Chop! Chop! Resource Guide was developed to accompany the Chop! Chop! video training series. The guide is a compilation of the recipes featured in the videos and includes information about Wisconsin (and Iowa) crops, procurement of local products, food safety and professional development.
How to Use the Chop! Chop! Training Videos
All six videos are available online to everyone, at no charge. Individuals can view the videos online and complete the short online evaluation form associated with each title. The videos can also be screened to a larger audience; for instance, they could be shown at a training for school food service staff, a conference workshop or a statewide meeting. When screening these videos for in-person professional development, please read the Chop! Chop! Screening Guide.
Each 15-minute video includes:
• An introduction to a Wisconsin-grown specialty crop or whole grain
• Basic culinary preparation techniques like knife skills and pureeing
• Creative menu ideas to incorporate Wisconsin-grown fruits and vegetables
• School nutrition requirements met by the featured fruit or vegetables
• Appropriate use of “cosmetically imperfect seconds”
• Interviews with farmers and nutrition directors who make farm to school happen!
Dark Leafy Green Salads
Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower Slaw
Roasted Root Vegetables
Pureed Winter Squash
Tomato and Pepper Ratatouille
Whole Grain Pizza Dough and Blueberry Oat Muffins
The Chop Chop Training series is a joint project between CESA Purchasing Nutrition Program and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at UW-Madison, and Team Nutrition at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The project is funded thanks to a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and the support of a USDA Team Nutrition grant.