This week, Chef Gino, one of our amazing volunteer chef, brought together a group of 2nd graders to make lettuce wraps and little cakes. Can’t have a proper meal without dessert right?


Chef Gino lead a great cooking lesson customized specifically for younger kids. You should try this very simple recipe at home:

Fresh Herb Cream Cheese Lettuce Wraps


  • whole lettuce leaves- washed and separated individually
  • bean sprouts
  • crushed peanuts
  • herbs (we picked dill, basil, oregano, rosemary)
  • cream cheese
  • carrots- thinly julienne
  • ham

Directions: Chop up herbs and mix into the cream cheese. Spread onto lettuce leaf (iceburg is very easy to use with kids). Toss in the rest of the ingredients of your choice. Wrap up like a burrito and eat.


Mint Tea: Mix in freshly washed mint leaves into hot water and honey. Great for a chilly day!


Recently, we decided to take classes into the garden and forage for food. After all, what better way teach kids that food doesn’t have to come pre-packaged in a can? We still had some of our spring and summer crops growing in the garden so we were able to walk through the garden and find a bounty of food! Since our herb beds are thriving, the kids were able to pick some parsley, rosemary, basil, dill and oregano. What a great way to learn about all the different smells of herbs, huh? After, they found some zucchini and swiss chard for their pasta. On their way through the garden, they insisted on putting a few apples into the mix. Hey, can you ever say no to a kindergarten classroom that want to eat more fruit? I think not.


After a quick wash, cut, and stir-fry, we mixed it in with some pasta and feasted like kings! Try it out at home with your kids!


Recipe: Zucchini, Swiss Chard and Fresh Herb Pasta


  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Pasta (any kind you like)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 large zucchini sliced or cubed
  • 1 bunch of swiss chard chopped
  • 1 small apple- sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Pour olive oil in the pan on medium flame. Add zucchini and swiss chard into pan and saute for 5 minutes until cooked. Add apples. Add whatever herbs you’d like. (We put them all in just for fun and found it to be pretty tasty!) Mix together and salt and pepper to taste.

It’s a very easy recipe to do with children. It was also a great way to introduce them to swiss chard.

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