Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan: Simple Steps to Upgrade Your Diet

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:03

lesson_feb12A free web-based tool for nutrition educators shows how to “upgrade” favorite meals by changing the type of meat and poultry, side dishes and condiments to decrease fat and calories in breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Courtesy of the National Turkey Federation

As a nation, we are experiencing an epidemic of obesity. Today, an estimated 32.7% of U.S. adults 20 years and older are overweight, 34.3% are obese and 5.9% are morbidly obese, resulting in approximately $147 billion in direct and indirect healthcare costs annually. And because there is a strong correlation between obesity and such co-morbid conditions as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers, these costs are expected to double every 10 years. More problematic is the escalating rate of childhood obesity and the potential consequences for increased prevalence of chronic disease in future years.

Lesson Plan: Soy Oil 101

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:36

lesson_jan12An overview of soy oil and its role in foodservice applications.

By Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, HAAC. Courtesy of QUALISOY

Soy has a long and important history as one of the world’s most important crops. Every year, 44.07 million metric tons of soybeans are produced globally. In the United States, in 2009, we grew an estimated 3,359 million bushels of soybeans, and from these soybeans we produced 19 billion pounds of soybean oil. Of all the different edible oils produced in the United States, about 80% is made from soybeans.

Lesson Plan: From Po’ Boys to Portobello Sliders

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:00

lesson_dec11SandwichPro.com offers new on-trend sandwich-making demos.

Courtesy of Unilever Food Solutions

SandwichPro.com recently debuted its “Chef Demo” video gallery full of great sandwich ideas from the Unilever Food Solutions culinary team. Click on the “Recipes” tab, then click “Chef Demos” on the left-hand side. From ethnic-inspired trends to classic combinations that thrill, Chefs Steve Jilleba, CMC, and Matt Burton guide viewers through the recipes with step-by-step instructions. Several of the videos relate to trend articles elsewhere on the site.

Lesson Plan: Blueberry Kitchen

Monday, 31 October 2011 20:00

lesson_nov11A new e-learning module focusing on practical foodservice uses for this fascinating fruit launches on the CIA ProChef Web site.

Courtesy of CIAprochef.com

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) announces “Blueberry Kitchen: Contemporary Recipes,” a new, easy-access online curriculum developed in partnership with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). The program includes entertaining and informative video instruction by the CIA’s Chef Scott Samuel, who demonstrates preparation of 14 innovative blueberry dishes spanning breakfast, salads, entrées, cocktails and desserts. Designed for chefs, foodservice professionals and culinary educators, “Blueberry Kitchen” is on the CIA ProChef website at www.ciaprochef.com/blueberries.

In addition to recipe know-how, the ProChef site delivers inspiration for incorporating blueberries into world cuisines and offers ideas for adding various forms of blueberries, including fresh, frozen, dried and juice, to add blueberry flavor, color and nutrition to year-round menus.

“Blueberries are a fascinating fruit,” says Samuel. “As I worked with them in the kitchen—cooking, blending, baking, adding spices and other ingredients—I learned how they behave and incorporated what I learned into the program content.”

“Blueberry Kitchen” also links to the USHBC site, www.littlebluedynamos.com, where further blueberry information is available for foodservice and consumers, and foodservice pros can sign up to receive Blue Plate Special, the quarterly e-newsletter from the USHBC.

Lesson Plan: Get Creative with Potatoes

Saturday, 01 October 2011 19:02

lesson_oct11An e-learning module focusing on Americans’ favorite vegetable.

Courtesy of CIAprochef.com

As the demand for lighter, healthier menu options and bold global flavors continues to grow, more and more chefs are turning to the potato as the perfect canvas for menu innovation. Why? Because potatoes are a familiar, versatile vegetable that can stand up to today's big flavors and eye-catching presentations. They're available in all kinds of exciting new varieties. And they have a remarkable nutrition story to tell. Diners love potatoes, and they demand health, variety and novelty. Now, they can have it all.

Through The Culinary Institute of America’s ProChef e-learning, “Get Creative with Potatoes” presented by the U.S. Potato Board discusses today’s potatoes—and how, now more than ever, they can put chefs at the forefront of menu trends. The module includes menu ideas and recipes, innovative techniques from chefs, instructional videos, potato varieties and nutrition and more.

To access the e-learning module, visit www.ciaprochef.com/potatoes.

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