Thursday, 23 February 2012

Chuck Hughes Serves up Great Kid Fare from Scratch!

Deep fried food has been a staple in schools across Canada for too long. Unfortunately, school administrations don’t always have the funds or the equipment to provide healthier options to their students.

Realizing that a drastic change needed to be made, the École Camille J. Lerouge School applied for, and received, a $25,000 Hellmann’s Real Food Movement Grant to refurbish their kitchen appliances to provide kids with healthy lunch items everyday.

To make the menu changes even more exciting, real food advocate Chuck Hughes created a “kid-friendly” nutritious and delicious recipe for this school.

Below is the Chuck Hughes original, made-from-scratch Chicken Finger recipe being added to the École Camille J. Lerouge School real food menu, as of Monday, February 13th. This custom recipe is sure to be a hit with kids and loved by parents too!

Menu Items from Chuck Hughes

Chicken Fingers
2 Skinless Chicken breasts
Half cup of whole wheat flour
Half cup of Hellmann’s® mayonnaise
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs or panko
1 tsp of cajun spice
Half tsp of garlic powder
Salt and Pepper
Zest of a lemon

1. Cut strips of chicken and dredge in whole wheat flour.
2. coat the chicken with Hellmann’s® mayonnaise and toss in with the breadcrumbs, zest, cajun spice, garlic powder and Salt and Pepper.
3. Place strips on a plaque covered with parchment paper. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees.
4. Place in oven for approx 25 minutes flipping them half-way.
5. Serve with Honey-Mustard, ketchup and Caesar mayonnaise.

Caesar mayonnaise...
Half cup Hellmann’s® mayonnaise
1 tsp of chopped capers
zest of half lemon and 1 tsp of juice
1 tbsp of chopped parsley
2 tbsp of grated parmesan
Salt and Pepper
Mix everything in a bowl and serve.

More Fun Menu Items from Chuck Hughes!

Veggie Sandwich
2 slices of whole grain bread toasted
1 slice of low-fat Swiss cheese or Havaarti
2 slices of tomato
2 leaves iceberg lettuce
4 slices of avocado
2 slices of roasted red pepper (optional)

Featured mayonnaise options:
Garlic Mayo…

1 cup Hellmann’s® mayonnaise
3 cloves of roasted garlic
1 tbsp of Chopped parsley
1 tsp chopped Dill (optional)
2 tbsp of grated Cucumber (optional)
Salt & Pepper (optional)

Zesty Mayo…
1 cup Hellmann’s® mayonnaise
Half a cup of caramelized onion
Half tsp smoked paprika
Zest of a half lemon-Salt & pepper (optional)

Chuck Hughes, the Tattooed Eggman!

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recipients, see what Chuck is up to or share your thoughts with the real food

And to find out about applying for the Real Food Grant program for 2012, click here!

About the Real Food Movement
Hellmann’s® was founded on the principle of using real, simple ingredients –
like eggs, oil and vinegar. This commitment to real ingredients is why
Hellmann’s® launched the Real Food Movement – a mission to help get more
real food on Canadian tables by inspiring families to smell, taste, touch and
learn about the pleasure that comes from eating real food. Canadians can
join the real food conversation and learn how to eat real at