Beanie Weenie For a snack that’s easy, nutritious and surprisingly delicious, look to the variety of options from Beanitos, including its new Puffs-style products. Perfect for allergen-sensitive students (and everyone else), these crunchy treats have a plethora of positives, such as being vegetarian, as well as trans fat- and gluten-free, while containing 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. Available in Real Cheesy, White Cheddar or Hot Chili Lime, these puffs appeal to even the pickiest eaters. Check out www.beanitos.com. Lucky 13 Frozen beans from 13 Foods offer healthy protein and fiber, as well as easy preparation and the ability to add delicious flavor to your program’s school meals while meeting vegetable or meat alternative requirements. Varieties include Kabuli! Chickpea, Pardina! Lentil, Tortuga! Black Bean and Rojo Red Bean, all of which can be used in soups, salads or main entrées. Go to www.13foods.com for additional information, including recipe ideas. Seventh Heaven Encourage new tastes with Hummus Chips from Simply 7 Snacks. Unlike conventional chips, these are made from chickpea flour and rice and offer a healthy take on their potato-derived counterpart. Each serving is free from gluten and trans fat, and contains 50% less fat than traditional chips. Hummus chips are available in flavors such as Roasted Garlic, Sea Salt, Roasted Red Pepper, Spicy Chili Pepper and Tomato Basil. Go to www.simply7snacks.com to find out more. Maximum Appeal Foodscapes, a business of Glanbia Nutritionals, Inc., offers novel and nutritious dishes that appeal to kids, while meeting the strengthened National School Lunch Program requirements. Entrees and sides include Lentils and Rice, Macaroni & Cheese, Samboosas and Southwest Bean Burgers, as well as fortified seasonings. Call (844) 214-0335 or visit www.foodscapesnutrition.com for more details. Going Nuts Many schools and districts contemplate food bans to address students with peanut allergies. The Peanut Institute offers useful information to share with administrators and PTAs about finding a balance between managing student allergies and giving other students access to this food. Recipes and product materials can also be found on the website and can be used as inspiration for foodservice-friendly recipes, as well as education materials for students. To learn more, visit www.peanut power.org. Better Beef JTM Food Group has expanded its line of clean label products with a new Premium Beef Taco Filling. The new beef taco filling is allergen- and gluten-free and free from caramel color and cornstarch. School meal operations can choose to have their USDA Foods beef allotment diverted to JTM to be used in the Premium Beef Taco Filling, or they can purchase it commercially. It comes packed frozen in a 30-lb. master case that contains six 5-lb. boilable/steamable bags of taco filling. To request samples or learn more, visit www.jtmfoodgroup.com or call (513) 367-4900, ext. 186. Clean as a Whistle Do you find the daily job of scrubbing, scouring and scraping a heavily used griddle to be a challenge? 3M Commercial Solutions’ Scotch-Brite™ Quick Clean Griddle Cleaning System may provide the solution. Using an easy three-step process—squirt, scour and squeegee—the Scotch-Brite™ Quick Clean Griddle Cleaning System cleans efficiently with no rinsing or messy residue. It is designed to be faster, safer and easier to use than traditional griddle cleaning products. Navigate to www.3M.com/foodservice for additional information. Rise With the Sun Peanut bans in schools can create a challenge for school nutrition operations. The School Safe Foodservice Recipe Book, recently released from SunButter, contains 17 recipes and serving suggestions to accommodate students who follow strict peanut- and tree nut-free diets. To access these allergy-friendly recipes and other available resources, visit www.sunbutter.com or call (877) 873-4501. Heat It Up For dishwasher operators in school nutrition, it can be a struggle to make sure plate surfaces reach the FDA-required 160°F for effective sanitation if you’re using a thermometer with irreversible registering technology. However, DishTemp by Thermo-Works physically simulates plate surfaces while riding in the rack with the rest of the plates. Its accuracy comes within 1 degree, and it’s waterproof and sturdy enough to withstand the harsh environment of a commercial dishwasher again and again. For more information on the benefits of Dish-Temp, go to www.thermoworks.com or call (801) 756-7705. Breakfast Bulk-Up Reinvigorate your breakfast menu with Hillshire Farm Chicken Apple Split Smoked Sausage from Tyson Food Service. A delightful take on the classic sausage, chicken and apple combo, this menu item allows you to pair a sweet and savory taste with longtime favorites such as sausage-and-egg biscuit, English muffin or bagel sandwiches. Chicken Apple Split Smoked Sausages come fully cooked and “hinged cut” to save time and resources for busy meal time rushes. Head to www.tysonfoodservice.com or call (800) 248-9766 to learn more. Tomatoes Galore Adding tomatoes has long been an easy way to inject healthy and robust flavors into dishes, but it might be difficult to think of fresh approaches to incorporate them beyond sauces and salads. However, the Tomato Products Wellness Council has recently constructed a school foodservice-specific toolkit for tomato products to help K-12 operators with menu and recipe ideas. The toolkit can be accessed through the Media Resources section on www.tomatowellness.com. Label Me Pleased Avery Dennison offers a wide array of labeling options to keep kitchens organized and safe. One of these solutions, the FreshMarx 9417, is an automated date coding printer designed for ease of compliance to food safety labeling standards by providing accurate, legible and highly detailed food item labelling applications such as “Prepared” and “Use by” date and time listings. Check out www.rbis.avery dennison.com or call (800) 444-4947.
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