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Louisiana Pastalaya Fit for Kids
Child Nutrition Program leaders in Louisiana put a spin on a classic jambalaya recipe! It’s not your ordinary jambalaya with rice; instead they use pasta, making it Pastalaya - Child Nutrition Program approved! Robin Hollingsworth, St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Child Nutrition Program Field Manager got the idea from a simple boxed pastalaya mix and figured that the students would like it. She was right. Chicken, turkey or pork is used along with chicken/pork sausage for two meat equivalents and ½ cup of cooked whole grain pasta for a 1 ounce grain equivalent. Capitol City Produce supplies Louisiana’s beloved “trinity” (fresh onions, celery, and green bell peppers) for this dish. This recipe also includes a tablespoon of Avery Island’s Tabasco Sauce for extra flavor. It is served year-round to middle schools and high schools. Kids enjoy the dish with green beans, raw carrots, and tasty garlic bread.