Recipes by Celebration

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September - November Event Days

  • First Day of Fall (Autumn Equinox): September 22 
  • CT Grown For CT Kids Week: Early October, 2020
  • National Potato Month: Month of September
    • All potato recipes, including: Roasted Red Potatoes, Hartford Fresh Home Fries, Saybrook Roasted Potatoes, Baked Potato Bar, Harvest Entree Salad with Turkey Recipe, Rainbow Fingerling Potatoes (1), Butternut and Sweet Potato Bake (MFTS)
  • National Whole Grains Month: Month of September
    • Apple Crisp, Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash ("New Mac and Cheese"), Baked Zucchini Fries, Zucchini Muffin/Bread, Bolognese Sauce with Carrots, Caprese Panini, Spiced Pear Muffins
  • Johnny Appleseed's Birthday: September 26
    • Waldorf Salad, Apple Crisp, Apple Butternut Squash Casserole, Applesauce, Apple Cucumber Salad, Baked Apple Slices, Baked Apple Wedges
  • National Apple Month: Month of October
  • Spinach Lovers Month:Month of October
    • Steamed Spinach, Spinach and Strawberry Salad, Harvest Delight
  • National Pumpkin Day: October 26
    • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
    • All winter squash recipes could be appropriate, since pumpkins are a type of winter squash! It is also a general day to usher in the fall season, so any fall recipe would work too.

December - March Event Days

  • National Pear Month:
    • Pear Muffins
  • National Soup Month: January
    • Kale Soup, Curried Squash Soup
  • National Milk Day: January 11th 
  • Sweet Potato Month: February
    • Harvest Delight, Saybrook Roasted Potatoes, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad
  • National Chili Month: February 25th
    • Turkey and Black Bean Chili
  • National School Breakfast Week: first week of March
    • Apple Crisp, Apple Butternut Squash Casserole, Baked Apples, Baked Apple Slices, Baked Apple Wedges, Kale Strawberry Smoothie, Yogurt Parfaits, Yogurt & Fruit Smoothies, Spiced Pear Muffins
  • National Nutrition Month: Month of March
  • Every Kid Healthy Week: last week of April
    • All the recipes we have are nutritious and would be appropriate for both National Nutrition Month or Every Kid Healthy Week. Pick and choose!
  • First Day of Spring: March 20th 
    • Kale Yeah Salad, Kale Strawberry Smoothie, Kale Caesar Salad, Superfoods Salad, Kale Soup, Orange Glazed Carrots, Roasted Carrot Hummus, Silly Dilly Carrots, Bolognese Sauce with Carrots, Asian Bean Salad (Carrots), Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash, Yogurt Ranch Dip, Southwestern Salad, Waldorf Salad, Caprese Panini


April - June Event Days

  • Earth Day: April 22nd
    • All Kale recipes, Mixed Greens recipes, Dairy recipes would be appropriate and in season.
  • National Salad Month: May
    • Waldorf Salad, Apple Cucumber Salad, Kale Yeah Salad, Baby Kale and Grape Tomato Salad, Kale Caesar, Superfoods Salad, Butternut White Bean Salad, Harvest Salad, Roasted Corn Salad, Fiesta Corn Salad, Cherry Tomato and Corn Salad, Southwestern Salad, Corn Chowder Salad, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Greek Cucumber Salad, Cucumber Dill Salad, Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, Strawberry & Spinach Salad, Broccoli Salad with Dried Cranberries, Arugula & Tomato Salad, Green Bean, Cranberry, and Sunflower Seed Salad, Asian Bean Salad, Southwestern Salad
  • National Strawberry Month: May
    • Kale Strawberry Smoothie, Strawberry and Spinach Salad, Berry Smoothies, Berry Crisp
  • School Lunch Hero Day: First Friday of May
    • Any recipe, really! Seasonal suggestions would be: Kale recipes, Mixed Greens recipes, Berry recipes, Summer Squash recipes, Dairy recipes
  • National Dairy Month: June
  • National Cheese Day: June 4th 
    • Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash, Southwestern Salad (cheese), Caprese Panini

July - August Event Days

  • National Blueberries Month - July
    • Berry Yogurt Parfait, Berry Smoothies, Superfoods Salad
  • Picnic Month - July
    • Citrus Beet Salad, Broccoli Salad, Asian Bean Salad with Carrots, Silly Dilly Carrots, Carrot Hummus, Roasted Corn, Cucumber Dill Salad, Assorted Vegetable Sticks with Dip, Pasta Salad with Summer Squash, Mediterranean Chick Pea Salad, Green Bean, Cranberry, & Sunflower Seed Salad
  • Independence Day - July 4th 
    • Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait, Colorful Tomato and Cuke Salad
  • National Panini Month - August
    • Caprese Panini
  • National Farmer's Market Week - August 5-11th
  • Put Some Squash In Your Summer! Ongoing promotion, from the 2017 campaign for summer squash

Many of these celebration days were cross referenced in the School Nutrition Association's magazine, "Celebration Opportunities & Ideas for School Cafeterias," 2017-18.

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