Chef’s Corner: What’s on the Menu Today?

The delicious aroma of home-cooked spaghetti filled the halls this morning as we prepared for lunch time. Ms. Tami, our honorary Chef (Head of School, Owner and Directress) was busy all morning boiling noodles, slicing fresh vegetables and fruits, sauteing Italian sausage, in addition to a large pot of organic vegetable tomato sauce made from scratch. Lunch time could not come soon enough!

Fresh bokchoy, yellow squash, rainbow chard and naval oranges and clementines provided by one of our friends in their weekly fruit and vegetable basket.

Fresh bokchoy, yellow squash, rainbow chard and naval oranges and clementines provided by one of our friends in their weekly fruit and vegetable basket; tasty and healthy flavors to add to today’s recipe!

Tasty rainbow chard salad, sauteed with olive oil.

Tasty rainbow chard salad, sauteed with olive oil.

The source of the yummy smell that filled our school: tomato, vegetable and Italian sausage pasta sauce, made purely from scratch.

The source of the yummy smell that filled our school: organic tomato, vegetable and Italian sausage pasta sauce, made purely from scratch.

Baked spaghetti topped with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.

Baked spaghetti topped with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.

Cranberries marinating in  a bath of apple cider and cinnamon, to be used later for apple cider!

Cranberries marinating in a bath of apple cider and cinnamon, to be used later for apple cider!

Our taste-testers were pleased!

Our taste-testers were pleased!

DSC_0464DSC_0458All of our meals are prepared from careful observation, assessing which foods the children do/do not like to eat. This meal proved to be a success, as with many of the other food we serve on a daily basis. Our young friends learn to appreciate a healthy diet through daily meals such as this, rich in nutrients, proteins and vitamins necessary to their young, growing bodies. There is a great deal of love served with each meal as well!

Chef’s Corner: What’s for Lunch Today?

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When it comes to meal times and snack preparation, everything that is served to our children has to have a nutritional value of some kind.

As stated in our Nutritional Mission Statement…
We are committed to nutritionally cooking and baking seasonal food from scratch with all-natural products and organic when significant while sensibly introducing the children to diverse ethnic food, flavors and tastes.

Today, our very own Chef Tami (Owner, Director, and Montessori Directress of HBMH) whipped up an extra special meal of grilled chicken caesar salad with fresh fruit and warm dinner rolls. Yum! For our younger friends, marinara pasta with chicken and steamed carrots was served. This is definitely a favorite amongst our community; many of the children ask for seconds (and even thirds).

By providing daily healthy meals such as this, we’re empowering our children to get the best “head start” to their lives, while building a strong, nutritional diet that lasts a life time. lunch_3lunch_4

 

Chef’s Corner Book Suggestion: Kids In The Kitchen

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The book, Kids In The Kitchen, is an excellent resource for both parents and educators by offering simple ways of incorporating individual food preparation for your toddler or primary aged child.  This book does an amazing job providing practical ways to bring cooking into your child’s environment; providing lists of needed items, suggestions of storage, how to create a food preparation area, and recipes to try. I encourage all who work with or have children to purchase.

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Chef’s Corner: Maria Montessori and Nutrition

Table SettingAs stated at the end of the Nutritional Mission Statement, you will be empowered with unbiased nutritional knowledge differentiating truths from myths by examining our nutritional mission statement: what does every word mean and why it matters.

“In order to protect the child’s development, it would be well if a large part of the child’s diet could be entrusted to the school.” ~Maria Montessori

I truly believe in Maria Montessori’s quote and I would take it a step further for accuracy and precision by saying “in order to protect the child’s natural development, it would be necessary that the child’s healthy nutrition be entrusted to the school, while in school”.

The Montessori method is the proven scientific observation of the child’s natural development and nurturing it by allowing the child to naturally develop in a natural environment free of artificiality.

My definition of food is natural substances consisting primarily of protein, carbohydrates and fat used in the human body to provide energy, promote health, nourish the soul, sustain growth and repair vital organs through the furnishing of essential nutrients. But, regardless of how food is defined, we all know and agree that food is energy; food to the human body is the equivalent to the fuel and the oil in a car, and it matters what quality of fuel and oil is put in a car. The car’s manufacturer list this vital requirement atop everything else and to make things more interesting every car has a diet of how often the fuel and oil should be replenished and changed, amongst other things, to optimize the performance and therefore the longevity of every car. Unleaded fuel is designed for regular cars and diesel fuel is designed for diesel engines, and even in some high-end luxury cars the grade of the fuel with added additives and the grade of the oil are listed for strict adherence to meet the mechanical needs and the age (mileage) of every car.

The quality and quantity of good natural food that we consume matters, to provide us with the good natural outcomes we desire in regard to sustained energy; mental sharpness; psychological mood and temper; and physiological growth.

Healthy Beginnings: Our name says it all for it all begins at Healthy Beginnings; healthy environment, healthy natural child development, healthy natural materials and healthy nutritional food. Our name was designed to make everything matter to include healthy nutrition and healthy food, it mattered to Maria Montessori and it should matter to you.