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Fresh Fruit and Smoothies

 This section contains all varieties of recipes that can be sorted into the “fresh fruit” category.  One main component of Cooking Crew is the smoothie creation, because the young chefs love them and they are not very difficult to make.  Each week, a rotation occurs so that each group gets to make smoothies and so that at least one is made each week.

Banana Shake

Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Blueberry Syrup

Cilantro Limeade Green Smoothie

Fruit Smoothie

Kiwi Cooler

Midsummer Smoothie

Mighty Mango Smoothie

Mint Smoothie

Orange and Strawberry Dream

Orange Cinnamon Crush

Peach Smoothie

Pineapple Syrup

Seasonal Smoothie

Smoky Orange Vinaigrette

Strawberry Colada Smoothie

Strawberry Peach Smoothie

Summer Smoothie

Triple Threat Smoothie

Watermelon Sunset

Yogurt Berry Marmalade

Remember!  We always encourage using a green base- spinach, collards, and kale work wonderfully.  Experiment:  Try it on!

Remember the think AHEAD model- Affordable, Healthy, Easy, Accessible, Delicious.  Therefore, always pick fruits that are local, in season, and reasonably priced!

Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Watermelon Salad


Raws, Slaws

Another central component to Cooking Crew is our Raws and Slaws category.  Here, we experiment with many different methods, such as simple salads, quick pickling, international seasoning, various veggies paired with dips (found in the Mashed Stuff and Dips section), and more.  Be creative!  Innovation is the key to success.

Asian Kale Slaw

Avocado Grape Salad

Bok Choy, Scallions, Lime

Braised Kale

Broccoli Edamame Salad

Broccoli Honey Mustard

Broccoli Kabobs

Broccoli Slaw

Caesar Salad

Carrot Salad

Chard Slaw

Citrus Salad

Cooked Carrot Salad

Corn Slaw

Corn Soup

Cranberry Slaw

Creamy Kale Slaw

Cucumber Salad

Glazed Carrot Salad

Kale Slaw

Kale, Sweet Potato, and Apple Salad

Lentil, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Lettuce Wraps

Lime Pickled Beets

Lime Pickled Radish

Mustard Greens

Pickled Kale

Purple Cabbage Clementine Slaw

Quick Pickle

Quick Pickled Veggie Salad

Raw Veggie Salad

Shredded Veggie

Spinach Date Salad

Spring Green Salad

Summer Slaw

Sweet Potato Salad

Taco Salad

Vegetable Kabobs

Vichyssoise Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

Yellow Squash and Bulgur Salad

Zucchini Salad

Mashed Stuff and Dips

This section is vital for many reasons, including the entertainment value it provides for young chefs with copious amounts energy, the engaging environment created for younger chefs who may be participating, and is a time-consuming task that can be shared by multiple peers.

Black Bean Dip

Butternut Squash Dip


Chickpea Salad

Coconut Lime Sauce

Collard Green Hummus

Indian Tofu Scramble with Spinach

Lemon White Bean Dip

Peach BBQ

Potato Veggie Mishmash

Ranch Dip

Sunshine Dip

Sweet Potato Hummus

Tropical Guac

Yogurt Dip


Soups, Stews, or Something Similar

This category is wonderfully engaging, often having many cutting components and opportunities for young chefs to practice honing their skills or to learn how to apply the cutting skills they have cultivated (cut flat, bear claw, the cave, etc.- see Videos for further instruction) in order to navigate the preparation of a foreign fruit or vegetable.

Black Bean Soup

Green Lentil Soup


Inspiration Soup

Moroccan Stew

Mustard Minestrone

Onion Cauliflower Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Shell Bean and Veggie Soup

Sweet Potato Soup

Vegetarian Chili



Cooking Crew loves to use creativity in all areas, including recipe creation and cooking!  As long as it follows the think AHEAD model, we’re absolutely willing to try it.  Look below for some other fun creations we’ve concocted.


Black Grape Sandwiches

Blueberry Pancakes

Breakfast Tortilla


Charred Scallion

Corn Bulgar

Eggplant with Garlic


French Toast

Fresh Tortillas


Ginger Rice

Grilled Eggplant

Grilled Green Tomatoes with Creamy Basil Sauce


Herb Potato Cakes

Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Egg and Tomato Breakfast Skillet

Mexican Mac

Multigrain Pancakes

Pan Roasted Corn

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad Insanity

Pumpkin Fettuccine


Quick Pickle


Saffron Potatoes

Slow-Braised Mustard Greens

Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango

Smoky Frittata

Smoky Polenta

Spicy Scrambled Eggs

Spicy Sunflower Sauce

Spicy Tomato Pasta

Sprouting Broccoli with Sweet Tahini

Stir Fry

Sweet Potato Cakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Mix

Sweet Potato Quesadillas


Tofu and Broccoli

Tofu Veggie Lettuce Wraps

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad


Thyme Potatoes

Veggie Brown Rice

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