After an exciting, competition filled week at the School Nutrition Association's Annual National Conference in San Antonio, the Powered by Pulses: Great School Lunch Contest finalists have finally revealed their winning recipes. We have the inside scoop on the three phenomenal recipes each team crafted and what it took to become grand champions of the Great School Lunch Contest.
Sweet Chickpeas and Rice and Awesome Egg Rolls
Team Chariho Career & Tech
Aztec Shepard's Pie and Mexican Salad
Team RaMarKable Chefs
RaMarKable Burger and Apple Muffin
A new study out of Canada, shows eating pulses daily can help with weight loss.
Science Daily reports, "The meta-analysis looked at 21 clinical trials involving 940 adult men and women, who lost an average of 0.34 kg (0.75 pounds) over six weeks with the addition of a single serving of pulses to the diet--and without making a particular effort to reduce other foods."
Helping people stay full longer between meals ( aka satiety) is a key component of how pulses help with weight loss. Find recipes and inspiration for adding more pulse crops to your diet at www.pulsepledge.com
St. Michael's Hospital. "Eating beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils may help lose weight and keep it off: United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization have designated 2016 as the International Year of Pulses." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 March 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160330135255.htm>.
December 16, 2015- House of Representatives announces fiscal year 2016 Omnibus spending bill
Here are a few highlights related to Agricultural research spending and the Child Nutrition bill for which reauthorization was delayed.
"Agricultural Research – The bill provides $2.94 billion for agricultural research programs, including the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Increased funding is provided to help stop and mitigate devastating crop diseases, improve food safety and water quality, and address issues related to drought, invasive species, and animal health. Within this amount, the bill includes $350 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative for competitive agricultural research grants, $212 million to rehabilitate high-priority ARS facilities, and funding to maintain important investments in the nation’s land-grant colleges and universities"
School Meals: Flexibility describes the language in the Omnibus bill related to school meals. Flexibility in the whole grain and sodium requirements.
Here are excerpts from the Omnibus Summary from Chairman Hal Rogers.
Child nutrition programs – The bill allows $22.1 billion in required mandatory funding – which is outside the discretionary funding jurisdiction of the Appropriations Committee – for child nutrition programs. Of this amount, $30 million is directed to help schools purchase needed equipment to operate the program. This funding will provide for an estimated 7.8 billion school breakfasts, lunches and snacks for 31 million children who qualify for the program.
A provision that provides flexibility to local schools to implement whole grain nutrition standards if the school can demonstrate a hardship when procuring whole grain products.
A provision that ensures further reductions in new school nutrition sodium standards will not take effect until supported by scientific studies.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015- Sustainablility Cut from consideration of guidelines:
A provision that ensures the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are based on significant scientific agreement and are focused on nutritional and dietary information, and a provision requiring a review of the Dietary Guidelines process to ensure a balanced and scientific process in the future.
Find out more at the House of Representatives Ag Appropriation website.
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A highlight from the August recipe roundup: The Buffalo Chickpea Quinoa Burger
By Kids For Kids
The American Pulse Association Announces
The Great School Lunch Contest Powered by Pulses
Moscow, ID —December 7, 2015 — The American Pulse Association has announced the launch of The Great School Lunch Contest Powered by Pulses. The contest is sponsored by Bush’s Best® Beans, The American Pulse Association, and the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. This national competition challenges teams of 4th-8th grade students and 9th-12th grade students along with an adult advisor to create and promote exciting and healthy new lunch recipes featuring beans, dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas which are known as pulses.
The national competition kicked off on December 7, 2015 and will accept entries until March 7, 2016. Each team will create and promote two Great School lunch recipes -- a meat alternative entrée dish and a vegetable side dish. Both recipes must use at least one or more of these pulse crops -- Bush’s® Best bean product, dry peas, lentils or chickpeas. The teams of 2-3 students will work with an adult advisor to learn how to create healthy, quick and delicious recipes using pulse crops to meet National School Lunch Program nutritional guidelines. Students and their advisors will also have easy access to a number of links and helpful tools provided on the www.greatschoollunchcontest.com site.
This is the perfect opportunity for educators and adult advisors to teach kids how to creatively incorporate healthy pulse crops in an everyday lunch. Plus, 2016 is the International Year of Pulses; and these crops will be celebrated worldwide!
The top three teams from each grade group will receive cash prizes for their school.
In addition, the three Finalist teams in grades 9-12 will receive a trip to participate in a final cooking competition in San Antonio, Texas and attend a Culinary Institute workshop in July 2016.
About The American Pulse Association
Established in 2010 as a non-profit organization, the APA is devoted to increasing the consumption of pulses, i.e. dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans. The APA members include a diverse array of pulse crop processors, warehouses, exporters, food manufacturers, producers and associate members representing the entire US pulse industry.
The APA membership works to fund research focused on the nutrition, functionality and sustainability of pulse crops to generate interest in new products and expand current markets. The APA proudly joins with the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council to support the UN International Year of Pulses 2016 and help promote dry peas, lentils, chickpeas, and beans for the US and for the world.
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