Feeding a Crowd

Meet nutrition educator Christine at Rondo's greens cook-off.- What is healthy for kids; all main food groups.

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Christine, a nutrition educator, at Rondo's greens cook-off is interviewed on healthy food tips and the access to healthy food. Christine emphasizes the need of all main food groups and to have a food plate not pyramid.

Christine states that lower income communities that have corner stores where junk food is displayed in the front. When advising children and adult on nutrition- your plate should have- half fruit and vegetables, a small portion of protein, whole grains, and dairy. 

Q: What do you think about the food in Frogtown/Rando.

Christine: There is access to food it is not always healthy or the best quantity.

Q: What are foods that you want and can you get that in your neighborhood?

Christine: I have to go a little outside of my neighborhood but I noticed different from suburbs where kids there can go in healthy grocery stores where neighborhood with lower income they have corner store with junk food kids go and buy.

Personal reflection- This brings up the Ramsey count talk again of lower income communities having these kinds of access to junk foods and not enough to healthy foods. There should be a law of putting the junk foods in the back of the store and/or needing to sell healthy foods/ put them in front of the store. Once they have better access there could be easy affordable recipes to make meals with them that require a little amount of food that you need to buy, but also makes good portions that doesn't take too long to make because most of the lower income families have more than one job/work long hours and don't have a lot of leisure time.




Ingredients: Prep- 15 mins  Cook- 10 mins  

Ready in 1h 25 m

    1 (16 ounces) package try color pasta

    1 cup creamy salad dressing 

    1/2 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix 

    1 (12 ounces) can tuna, drained and flaked

    1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 

    1 medium apple- peeled, cored, and chopped

    1 large carrot, peeled and chopped 

    1/3 cup raisins  




    1- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. 

    2- Pour pasta into a large pot of boiled water and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

    3- Put noodles in drainer; drain and cool.

    4- In a large bowl, mix the cooled pasta, creamy salad dressing, ranch dressing mix, tuna, cheddar cheese, apple, carrot, and raisins.

    5- Chill 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving. 


Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving-  337 calories, 9.3 g fat, 45.5 g carbs, 16.5 protein, 23 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium.


Porter, Lynne Hart, et al. “Five Food Groups Macaroni Salad Recipe.”

    Allrecipes, 17 June 2007.

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