Delicious and healthy lunches for your child
Meet Matthew. He is a Red Seal Executive Chef and has completed 6000 apprenticeship hours in restaurants and various other food establishments. Matthew is a seasoned chef and multi-talented in many ways and the Y is so grateful to have him as part of our team. His position as a dietary planner not only includes cooking but planning, budgeting, creating, collaborating, respecting people’s dietary needs and choices, plus much more!
When Matthew was younger he never thought he’d be a chef and ultimately he would like to become a pediatric dietitian as he is passionate about ensuring children are receiving the proper nutrition.
Fun story; Matthew is a twin and when he was five their mother asked if the boys wanted to cook something. While his twin brother went on to burn microwave popcorn, Matthew had already starting creating his “Mattmarine”; a special sandwich with multiple ingredients and voila! A chef was born!
Children often pop their heads into the Child Care kitchen curious to learn what Matthew is cooking for lunch. They excitingly inquire what kind of fruit they will be eating, what kind of meal it will be, what kinds of vegetables and spices he will be using. They look forward to Matthew’s meals and this was evident when we sat down with the older toddlers and they were all saying “it smells delicious” and “I can’t wait to eat!”
Healthy lunches Matthew serves and you can too! Enjoy!
1. Chicken tetrazzini served with whole wheat pasta and orange slices (for hydration).
2. Great maple baked salmon (loaded with Omega’s as Matthew points out) with wild grain rice and vegetables, served with pineapple or melon as a palate cleanser.
3. Spinach and cheese quiche (loaded with chopped vegetables to boost the nutritional value) and served with apple slices or a kiwi.
4. Butternut squash soup with grapes (as a side of course) are also a favourite of the children at the Y’s UCC Flex Child Care Centre. He says it does get messy but it’s a great way to develop motor skills and the kids have fun!
5. And Matthew’s favourite recipe to share is Eggplant Parmesan with a homemade tomato sauce including a combination of herbs served with whole wheat pasta. He likes to finish this meal off with pear slices as they are high in fibre. (hint… if you’re looking for something to make Matt for dinner he let me in on his favourite dish… it’s chicken parmesan!).
Stay tuned in February for Part 2!