Ingredient of the Month

The Ingredient of the Month offers free downloadable tools featuring a new nutritional ingredient for chefs to incorporate into their menus and use in community events. The article provides an in-depth look at the nutrition ingredient, while the flyer and activity sheets are kid-friendly. Recipes range from simple recipes that kids can make to more detailed recipes for chefs. Download these tools, share with colleagues and start creating your nutritional recipe collection.

New Ingredient of the Month

December 2017 - Cardamom

Cardamom is known as the “the queen of spices,” and is the world’s third most-expensive spice. It has a pungent, slightly lemony flavor with a hint of sweetness and is filled with minerals and essential oils. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEHQuiz to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

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November 2017 - Jackfruit

Jackfruit is an exotic fruit with an oblong shape and spiny, green skin that turns yellow as it ripens. Inside, the jackfruit has orange-yellow fleshy bulbs between thin bands of fiber. Immature jackfruit has a meat-like texture and is often used as a vegetarian substitute. Mature jackfruit has a sweet flavor and is used as a fruit. It is considered a super fruit, full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients with antioxidant properties. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEHQuiz to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification. Sponsored by The Jackfruit Company.

October 2017 - Winter Squash

Winter squash comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Full of nutrients, It is grows during the summer and is harvested in fall and winter. Still need an activity for Childhood Nutrition Day? Make a squash bar or play squash throw in an after-school program. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEHQuiz to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

September 2017 - Onions

Onions add abundant flavor to a wide variety of foods. In addition to their nutritional value, onions have a unique combination of compounds believe to have valuable effects on human health. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEHQuiz to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification. Sponsored by the National Onion Association.

August 2017 - Watermelon

Watermelon is a great ingredient to boost nutrition and a sweet, refreshing flavor to dishes. It is 100% usable and compostable from the rind to the seeds. For recipes, visit www.watermelon.org/recipes. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEHQuiz to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification. Sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

July 2017 - Dolphinfish

Dolphinfish, also known as mahi mahi or dorado, is a saltwater roundfish with bluish-green scales that fade to light yellow on the underside. The lighter flesh sections have a delicate, almost sweet flavor; the darker sections have a stronger fish flavor. Dolphinfish have significant health benefits and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and protein. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEHQuiz to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

June 2017 - Beets

Beets have a sweet, earthy flavor and a crunchy texture that becomes soft when cooked. They can be added raw to salads or cooked in a variety of dishes. Beets are full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEHQuiz to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

May 2017 - Fava Beans

These plump beans vary in shape, size and color, depending on variety, and have a sweet, mildly grassy flavor. Immature beans are tender with a buttery texture and can be eaten with the skin on. As the beans mature, they develop a stronger flavor and starchier texture, and the skins must be removed. Full of nutrients, fava beans are a good plant-based source of protein. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEHQuiz to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

April 2017 - American Lamb

American lamb is a popular menu item thanks to the larger cut sizes, its distinctive flavor profile, freshness and tenderness. It is naturally nutrient rich and is an excellent source of high-quality protein. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEH to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification. Sponsored by the American Lamb Board. www.americanlamb.com/chefs-corner/curriculamb/

March 2017 - Tarragon

Tarragon has a strong, sweet, licorice-like flavor and adds great flavor to many dishes. It is packed with flavonoids, essential oils, and other nutrients to support good health. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEH to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

February 2017 - Mangos

Mangos are considered a super fruit with a range of health promoting nutrients. They have golden-orange flesh that is sweet and juicy with a texture that varies from creamy and smooth to firm and fibrous. Mangos add sweetness to salads, chutneys and stir-fry dishes and complements fish, chicken and pork dishes. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEH to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification. Sponsored by the National Mango Board. Learn more at www.mango.org.

January 2017 - Fennel

All parts of the fennel plant can be consumed - the seeds, the bulb, the celery-like stalks and the feathery leaves – and have a distinctive flavor similar to licorice. Fennel contains many vitamins and minerals that have antioxidant properties. Complete the quiz on www.acfchefs.org/CEH to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

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