Oregon launches Confident Cooking the My Plate Way program

Program focuses on building flavor through small changes.

June 6—Porcupines will soon be a part of school lunch menus in Northeast Oregon.

Porcupine sliders that is. The entree is a tasty mini sandwich made from beef, brown rice and spinach. The sliders are among the new entrees local students will be enjoying with increasing frequency at lunch, thanks to a state-sponsored nutrition program called “Confident Cooking the My Plate Way,” a culinary and nutrition training program sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Dairy Council.

The program, which was the focus of a training session at North Powder Elementary School Friday, teaches food service cooks how to boost the taste and nutrition level of lunches served in public schools by taking familiar staples and adding a new dimension.