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Kalesadillas Taste Test

Kids at Freedom Trail Elementary in Avery County got a special treat in their school cafeteria recently: kalesadillas (say that five times fast)!

County Child Nutrition Director Tammy Woodie,  along with parent and teacher volunteers, prepared and served samples of kale quesadillas (aka “kalesadillas”) to students as they arrived for lunch late this February. Even Superintendent David Burleson joined in the fun sampling  the cheesy treats.

Students were offered small samples of the kalesadillas, which featured local Ashe County cheese and Appalachian Grown Kale, and were given the opportunity to vote on how they liked them. The results?  Freedom Trail students loved them, and Ms. Woodie is considering serving them in the cafeteria in the near future.  When one student was asked if he would like to have the kalesadilla for lunch, he responded: “Yes, but I’d like it to be a little bigger!”

Don’t worry, the lunch portions will be larger than the taste test samples and full of even more local goodness! Kalesadillas: coming soon to a cafeteria near you…

Freedom Trail Molly and Tammy in Cafeteria with Kalesadillas - Copy

Craving local kalesadillas now? We don’t have a recipe written out, per se, but we’re happy to share the process! In the schools, we lightly oiled a baking sheet, placed whole tortillas down, sprinkled them with local cheese and chopped raw local kale, topped with an additional tortilla, and baked at 350 until the cheese was melty and tortilla lightly browned! You can also make on the stove by adding a little oil in a saute pan, adding your tortilla, adding the ingredients, then folding the tortilla in half!

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