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October Superfood: Pumpkin

Pumpkins are part of the Cucurbitaceae family along with squash, cucumbers, watermelon, and gourds. Long before they were carved into spooky jack-o-lanterns, they were made into bowls and used as storage for grains and beans. Pumpkins are made up of 90% water, contain more fiber than kale, and are rich in tons of vitamins and minerals! Beta carotene gives pumpkins their orange color and makes them a good source of vitamin A to help with vision and immunity. Roast, blend, puree, use in soups, bake, and don’t forget to roast pumpkin seeds for a snack and even place on top of oatmeal or yogurt!

PUMPKIN SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE
•Pumpkin pie spice contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves, all of which have health benefits
•Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, omega 6 fatty acids, tryptophan, fiber, poly and mono unsaturated fatty acids
•Pumpkins have a high content of vitamin C which helps to maintain healthy skin, teeth, and bones, and helps absorb iron.

 

PICKING PUMPKINS
Look for one that is completely orange. Pumpkins that are partially green might not ripen any further. Keep in mind that medium sized pumpkins are best for carving while smaller ones are best for cooking. A ripe pumpkin has a hard shell that does not dent or scratch easily. Examine the entire pumpkin carefully for soft spots and test it by pressing on the back or bottom of the fruit, never on the face.

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  • October 1, 2018

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What our clients are saying

“Thanks so much for a great week of food here at SCH to start off 2021. Everything has been fantastic. The kids were loving the Chinese food and boxes today. The Moo Shu Pork was amazing. Great work!”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“Even though we see challenges every day, each one of you rises to the occasion and makes it seem so easy. I cannot express how impressive it is to see you all work in such a fashion. You are true professionals.”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“I’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“We can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort you put into getting this emergency shipment of water to our Waco, Tx office. As always, you guys pulled out all the stops and did everything possible to help! I know it doesn’t seem like much to you, but our employees in TX that need drinking water are truly grateful. I feel so fortunate to work with such true professionals. I think you set the bar that your competition wishes they could match!”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“This is EXACTLY the type of service and experience we had always envisioned for our patients at MSK Koch!  Thank you Chef Ryan for going out of your way for this patient and all patients and staff!”

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