NH DHHS - Obesity Program Releases New Version of Quantity Cookbook

Concord, NH - Mom said we should eat our vegetables. Help is on the way.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Obesity

Prevention Program (OPP) recently released a new cookbook that will help

home and institutional cooks alike. The Fruit and Veggie Quantity

Cookbook—Revised Edition is designed for schools, child care centers,

camps, hospitals, meal sites, worksite cafeterias or any place many people

eat who need to eat healthfully. The best kept secret is that in the back

the recipes are scaled down for home use.

All 31 recipes are tried and true—tested by the New Hampshire Hospital Food

and Nutrition Services. Each recipe serves 25, 50, or 100 and meets the

Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ criteria for fiber, fat, sodium and added

sugars. Each serving contains at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable, which

will help us reach the goal of filling half our plates with fruits and

vegetables at every meal and snack.

“Research shows that when healthy, affordable food is available, people

will eat it,” said Mindy Fitterman, Nutrition Coordinator for the OPP. “By

making this cookbook available to schools and other large food service

operations, we are helping to make tasty, healthy foods easier for kids and

adults to eat.”

The collection includes soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, a few

breakfast items, and more. All the recipes can easily be used with the

National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and the Child and Adult

Care Food Program (CACFP). The quantity recipes:

Use USDA recipe format

Identify USDA commodity fruits, vegetables, and beans

Identify USDA Child Nutrition Program Food Components

The cookbook appendices contain family-size versions of the recipes ready

to copy and share, taste-test survey forms, and a helpful resource list.

Hard copies of the cookbook with color pages and colored tabbed dividers

can be purchased for $5 for New Hampshire public schools and New Hampshire

nonprofit organizations and $10 for all others. The fees are a partial

reimbursement to cover printing and shipping costs. The fact sheet/order

form can be found on the Obesity Prevention Program website at

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/healthyrecipescooking.htm . The cookbook can also

be downloaded for free from the same website.

OPP is part of a consortium of organizations implementing the New Hampshire

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) plan. For more information about OPP,

contact us at 603-271-4551 or visit the program website at

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/obesity.htm . To learn more about the HEAL plan

visit www.healnh.org .