student with coconut curry bean recipeFor the last three years, Osseo Area Schools Food and Nutrition Services has been teaming up with Hennepin County to encourage healthy eating. We are making it fun for students to try out healthy foods in their lunchroom by holding taste tests of veggie recipes at 12 elementary schools from Dec. 2017- April 2018. Students will have the opportunity to try out the recipe and vote on it before it shows up on the regular lunch menu for all students. 

Eating vegetables every day is an important habit. Students who eat well are able to concentrate more effectively on their schoolwork. Try out this coconut curry bean recipe in your kitchen and encourage your student to sample the recipe when it is featured on the regular school menu this month on Jan. 25 for elementary schools, Jan. 18 for middle schools, and Jan. 17 for senior highs. 

A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into making this taste-testing program possible. All nutrition managers are trained by professional chefs on the recipes and work hard to ensure any new spices or materials are ready to go.

Watch this video to learn all about this great partnership. The collaboration with Hennepin County is possible through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership grant awarded to Osseo Area Schools in 2015.

Try out other fabulous veggie recipes including the Roasted Carrots recipe and the Roasted Cauliflower recipe

Photo caption: A Weaver Lake Elementary student gave the coconut curry bean recipe a big smile at last month's taste testing event. 


Osseo Area Schools Community Education is in its fifth and final year of a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that provides free afterschool and summer programming at Brooklyn Junior High, North View Junior High, TreeHouse, and Zanewood Recreation Center.

The district intends to apply for another 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to continue offering afterschool programming for youth in our community at no cost to participants.

Watch this video to learn more about the grant and its benefits for students.

Since grant activities are focused on students who live in Brooklyn Park, grant staff are interested in learning about other activities Brooklyn Park families would like to see offered in their community. If you live in Brooklyn Park, please provide your feedback through this survey.

For additional information or questions, please contact Andrea Bernhardt at 763.391.7142.