BFA Organic School Gardens Recipes
This collection of 13 recipes includes seasonal vegetables and fruits that can be grown in school gardens. In learning to grow their own delicious, healthy food, students gain a strong sense of achievement and an appreciation of the time and processes involved in food production. They also learn about seasonal foods. Since the introduction of supermarkets, food has been flown thousands of kilometres so that customers can purchase virtually any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year.
These simple recipes have been selected for children to try at home or, if your school has cooking facilities in a classroom or the school canteen, perhaps students can make some of the recipes as a class activity when the cooking equipment is not being used.
Carnival Coleslaw, Watermelon Salad and Tomato Salad do not require any cooking, and the Tomato Salad (without the lettuce and cucumber) is easy to prepare in quantity, and delicious on crusty fresh bread.
San Choi Bau, Quesadillas and Chicken Kebabs can be made using a hot plate or burner, or an electric fry pan. Mediterranean Soup requires only a hot plate.
Pita Pizza Faces, Toasty Tarts, Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble, Zucchini Slice and Chocolate Zucchini Muffins all require an oven.
Adult supervision is required whenever children are working with kitchen equipment. Where preparation requires a sharp knife, ingredients have been listed in the prepared state so that young students do not have to work with sharp utensils. Older students may be able to prepare the ingredients with adult supervision. However, young students do enjoy helping to prepare ingredients and they can assist with washing, using a vegetable peeler or grater, and cutting softer foods.
‘Plating up’ is also a popular activity for children since the advent of Masterchef, and presentation is an important element in the appeal of food. Where recipes have indicated ‘Australian’ products, some imported olive oils have been found to contain other oils as fillers, and imported garlic is fumigated with toxic chemicals. It is best to buy Australian and organic, whenever possible.
Each recipe appears as a separate pdf file for easy printing.
To download all 13 recipes together, please click here.
Other child-friendly recipes can be found on the Fresh For Kids or Taste websites.