Culinary boot camp teaches schools to create healthier lunches

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by FRANCES WANG & KREM.com

Culinary boot camp teaches E. Wash. schools to create lunches from scratch

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 6:11 PM

CHENEY, Wash.--Several school districts in Eastern Washington are taking part in a culinary boot camp in hopes to add healthier lunch systems to their high school cafeterias.

Some options on the new menu included a salad bar with fresh vegetables, macaroni and cheese and lentils. The food was all made from scratch.

Cooks at Cheney High School were back at school for a week in July for a culinary boot camp. They were learning how to make healthy food from scratch. The new cooking methods took more effort but were not more expensive than traditional cafeterias that served processed foods.

“Cooking this way is financially sustainable. You just reduce a lot of your costs from processing which is really exciting because a lot of schools think it's too expensive,” said Sarah Limon with Empire Health Foundation.
 

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