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Protein Packed Treats

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina - Protein Packed Treats

This event was on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Explore the world of protein-enriched treats with Chef Fran Costigan and Registered Dietitian Vesanto Melina in an insightful discussion that strikes a harmonious balance between fla… Read More.



I need recipes that are protein packed but school-friendly- no nuts, and a preference for no tahini or sunflower seeds, no oats and gluten free! Substitution suggestions?

— Susan Mussack


You know, to me I'm hearing fruit. I'm hearing cutup apples, I'm hearing, um, dried fruits if that's available to you. Do you have any ideas about that? No, She, Beto doesn't, You want food for schools? Like it isn't just fruit School friendly, no nuts, no tahini, sunflower seeds, no oats and gluten-free. You know, so that's why I said I'm hearing fruit there. Oh, no, no, no. You gotta have some protein for those kids. And um, did she say no tofu? No, didn't say no tofu, but it could be, it could, you know, it could be that this child is, or these children all have allergies that are keeping them away from nuts, tahini, sunflower seeds, oats, and are gluten-free. So your tofu bite do sound good. I, after I saw you in Philadelphia, I went and talked to the New York School. Um, yes. People that are moving food to 800,000 kids a day and they are making really good meals for those kids that the kids don't pitch in the garbage. Like they're, and they're on Fridays and now starting on Mondays, they're having, um, plant-based meals and they've, yeah, they're serving hot, no hot dogs, no sausage, no pepperoni, right? None of those carcinogens. But so, but they've got things like falafels, which you could make without tahini and, and they've got the menus are developing. So we have to keep an eye on this New York schools. But you can easily have, you know, things like hummus. You don't have to put tahini in hummus. You don't have to put tahini in hummus. That's right. Yeah. So that's a good idea, Susan. Some spreads or even, you know, a wiping spread can be really yummy. Or if you're looking for a treat kind of thing, um, where is it? So this happens to be so dark chocolate and sea salt tahini, it's delicious, but I make my own with making a hummus. And for your situation, and that is gluten-free, I would leave out the tahini, I would use cocoa powder, uh, you know, which is sugar free and then add some, I mean, that's gonna have a, that's gonna have a lot of protein in it, so why don't you try that? That's really difficult.
Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina

Fran Costigan & Vesanto Melina