Yesterday at Healthy Snack we served broccoli, cauliflower and carrot sticks along with cheese wiggles (new white cheese curd-like thingies) and crackers. The grades JK to 5 loved all aspects of the snack, however, the six, sevens and grade eights dissed ALL the veggies. Really!! This is the second week in a row our fresh veggie offerings have been met with harrumphs and grumbles….I have no idea what has changed! Hopefully this is only a temporary set back. Perhaps it is time to survey these grades… ask them what has changed?
Thankfully none of the food goes to waste. We do pass any leftovers to the Halton Women’s Shelter, who are always happy to receive our produce.
Speaking of waste… I really do not like to see food going to waste. I am one of those people who thinks of starving children every time I throw food in the recycle bin. I can still hear my mother repeating over and over again….”do you know how many starving children there are in this world that would give their right arm for that food?!!”
In keeping with that thought, I couldn’t throw out the broccoli stems left from the lovely flowerettes cut for the children’s snack now could I? Nope. I bagged em up, brought em home and made soup! And Broccoli Stem Soup was born! YUM!
Broccoli Stem Soup:
- broccoli stems, peeled and rough chopped
- celery (I used celery root)
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt and cracked black pepper
No measurements here. Into heated heavy bottom pot add olive oil, onion and celery. Cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add broccoli and potato. Cover whole lot with enough broth so that nearly all veggies are submerged.
Bring to boil, stir and reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook for 45 miinutes or until all veggies are soft. Remove from heat and puree (I use a hand blender but you can use your blender if you prefer – if using blender you must let it cool further).
That’s it! Ladle it up, add salt and pepper to taste, serve with fresh bread, pitas or croutons and side salad. Dinner is served! And nothing went to waste )