Simply Rooted – October Edition

Simply Rooted - October Edition

Hello Timberlane!

The Fall season is in full swing and delivering us straight into the Holidays. But let’s start with some exciting things happening here at TRSD. Your Whitsons team has been serving up some great food promotions. October brought us The Nashville hot kickin’ Chicken. Chef Steve passed out samples of our special sauce and got your feedback on the degree of heat, and you came out and made it a big success. Thank you all for that. Coming Soon…(drum roll), the Seoul Taco.

Seoul taco is a fusion of Korean style Taco filling on a Mexican style tortilla with a choice of Beef, Chicken, Shrimp or Tofu. With your choice of delicious topping like Kimchee, Asian slaw, pickled beets, pico de gallo and much more. Watch for the flyers and banners and keep an eye out for Chef Steve in the cafeteria to be passing out some creative delicious samples and listening to your ideas and comments.

The World market station is excited to start expanding our journey throughout the culinary diversity that the world has to offer. Let us know your favorite type of cuisine. Whether it is French, Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, American or any other, and we will be trying new recipes and ideas to bring to you. Our team is planning to do a fresh fish day once a month. Pairing up with local fisherman to bring you the freshest boat to table we can find.

The Student Food committee is ready to launch, all we need is you. The committee will consist of you, the students, faculty and of course our Whitsons team .General Manager Mayra Maldonado and Executive Chef Steve will be your hosts. Meetings will occur virtual or in person and will be a fun exciting and educational way for you to have a say in the foods we serve. So go onto your google drive and in the classroom, section find the class with code KZNU6W6. See you there foodies!

Harvest of the Month

This month’s “Harvest of the Month” is Chick peas.

Chickpeas are a high fiber food that contain minerals such as manganese, zinc, copper and magnesium, as well as B-vitamins such as thiamin and vitamin B-6.

A popular dish made with chickpeas is hummus. Not only is it delicious it is also super healthy and easy to make.  Check out the recipe in the next column and have fun with it.

Thanksgiving Meal

Well it did not take long for the official start of the Holiday season to be upon us.

As part of our “Day of giving Thanks” celebration, we will be Serving up a full thanksgiving meal on November 17th. Oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green beans, butternut squash, and of course homemade gravy.

To add to the celebration, we will be setting up the mobile food station and serving you fresh homemade Pumpkin Pie and Apple Crisp with whipped topping. Your administration staff will also be helping serve. Our way of saying thanks to all of you who make our days filled with fun, healthy and nutritious choices.

This recipe for hummus is a great way to introduce some of you to this wonderful Middle Eastern delight. There are so many variations you can use to cater to your own personal tastes. Blend in some Tahini (Ground sesame seeds) for a more complex rich and nutty flavor

Try adding some chili powder for that smoky flavor.

Add some Siracha or if you like deep spicy flavors try some ancho chili powder or to really heat it up some chipotle chili or cayenne. The sky is the limit.

Buon Appetito!

Recipe Corner

Heart Healthy Hummus (4 servings)


1 clove of garlic

1 can of garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)

4 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp of olive oil

1tsp salt

Black pepper to taste

For Garnish, sprinkle paprika, cilantro and olive oil


In a blender, add garlic, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Blend until creamy and well mixed. Pour into serving bowl. For garnish, sprinkle paprika, pepper and cilantro. Drizzle with olive oil.

Enjoy with family and friends.