Celery

Servings

Estimates based on 1/4 cup serving

Raw sticks-only for the school-agers really. Can’t really blanch (about 12 servings per pound)

chopped/shredded (about 12 1/2 servings per pound)

cooked (about 8 1/2 servings per pound)

Tips

Chop celery for soups/stews/stir fry.  It adds a lot of flavor.

Celery leaves and hearts contain the most celery flavor.  Use them too.

Have salad/veggie soup/stew on the menu every week or two. Use up any fresh vegetables before going bad.  Add canned or frozen vegetables until you have enough for everyone.

Recipes

Cottage Cheese Dip: If you put cottage cheese in a food processor or blender, it will beak up the lumps, and make it the consistency of a thick sour cream type dip.  Add a flavor packet (like ranch), or seasonings (dill, garlic, onion, etc.) for a dip for fresh veggies.  This is one of the only dip-type items that is CACFP approved as a protein (sour cream is not).