CHOP Grant Parent Newsletter
April 2018
Welcome to the Cooking Up Healthy Options with Plants
 Parent Newsletter.

The CHOP grant is so pleased to be working with your children this year to introduce fun and exciting learning opportunities. From April-September you may notice fresh fruit and vegetable lessons occurring both in your child's classroom and out in their new garden.  
Each monthly newsletter will contain:
  • A fun and delicous recipe to make with your child. 
  • Materials you can print and discuss at home. 
  • Information about each month's featured fresh fruit or vegetable. 
April: This month your children are learning about cauliflower.

Fun Facts about Cauliflower:
  • It is in the same family as cabbage.
  • It is in season during the summer and can be found throughout the year.
  • It can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted, or grilled.
  • It is a nutritional “superfood”!
  • Rich in vitamins, high in fiber, and may prevent cancer.
  • It can be white, orange, or purple.
  • It is a flower!
  • It is can be prepared a variety of ways including steamed, roasted, blended into soups, mashed, or turned into “rice.”
Produce Tips
  • Look for cauliflower with tight florets and that is not brown.
  • Store cauliflower in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
  • Remove leaves before slicing cauliflower.
Involve Kids in Cooking
  • They can wash the cauliflower.
  • They can break up the florets with their hands.
  • They can toss the florets with oil and spices using a large spoon or clean hands.
Family Recipe    Serves 4

  • 1  large cauliflower head 1-1½ lbs. 
  • ½  tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Optional 1 tsp. turmeric, cumin or coriander 
    ( Spices can be used in any combination or on their own.)
1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. 2. Wash or soak the cauliflower in water. Cut or tear off the florets. 3. Toss florets with the olive oil, salt and pepper, and spices, if you choose. 4. Place the floret pieces on a baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes. The florets should turn soft and slightly browned. 5. Serve warm.
Other Cauliflower Activities
  • Cauliflower coloring page
  • Table Talk- engage your kids when they try cauliflower during meal time.
    • Ask them- What does it taste like? Is it soft? Crunchy? Sweet? Salty? What part of cauliflower do we eat? (the flowers)
CACFP website
CACFP website
Link to CHEARS
Link to CHEARS
CACFP email
CACFP email
WIC website
WIC website
CHOP Facebook
CHOP Facebook

Contact information for CACFP

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

P   303-692-2330      F   303-756-9926  

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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