Central Valley Harvest Bake

6 servings
For 25 & 50 servings, see Recipe notes below.

CACFP Home Childcare Crediting Information

½ cup provides:

  • ½ cup vegetable and ¼ oz equivalent grains.


Central Valley Harvest Bake

3 cups  Fresh butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cubed ½”
2 tsp  Extra virgin olive oil
⅓ cup  Fresh red onions, peeled, diced
2 ¼ tsp  Fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded, diced
¼ cup  Fresh red bell pepper, seeded, diced
1 Tbsp  Red quinoa, dry
¼ cup  Canned low-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed
3 ½ tsp  Fresh oregano, chopped
2 ½ Tbsp  Sweetened applesauce
¼ tsp  Kosher salt
2 Tbsp  Fresh lime juice (optional)
¾ cup  Low-fat granola, no fruit

Central Valley Harvest Bake Directions

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss squash in 1 tsp olive oil. Spread onto a large baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking  spray. Roast in oven at 350 °F for 30 minutes or until tender and lightly brown around the edges. Remove and keep warm.
  3. In a small bowl, toss onions, jalapeno peppers, and red peppers with remaining olive oil. Spread vegetables evenly onto a baking sheet sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray and roast in oven at 350 °F for 15 minutes or until tender and lightly brown around the edges. Check the vegetables often, they will brown very quickly. Remove and keep warm.
  4. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer until water runs clear, not cloudy. Combine quinoa and ½ cup water in a small pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer until water is completely absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. When done, quinoa will be soft and a white ring will pop out of the kernel. The white ring will appear only when it is fully cooked. Fluff with a fork. Set aside. A rice cooker may be used with the same quantity of quinoa and water.
  5. In a large bowl, combine squash, black beans, quinoa, and oregano.
  6. Mix in applesauce, salt, and optional fresh lime juice.
  7. Add onions, jalapeno peppers, and red peppers. Mix well.
  8. Pour mixture into an 8” x 8” nonstick baking pan. Press gently to pack. Sprinkle granola evenly over the top of mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 °F. Granola should be lightly browned. Serve hot.


Source: Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Schools (USDA).

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