• Solar ovens are wonderful for cooking produce or baking treats.
  • Hand crank blenders are another tool that doesn’t need to plug in
  • Be creative with your materials- save on dishes by using lettuce, beet greens, or basil leaves to hold food. You may end up with an excess of something as well. Again be creative
  • Involve students as much as possible- Example: Have each student go pick one leaf of basil. Let each kid crank the blender 3 times, etc.


Recipe ideas


Kale chips

4 cups Kale

1 Tbs olive oil

salt to taste

Bake until crispy turning often. If in conventional oven 15 minutes at 350. Toss with salt


3 cups basil

1 clove garlic

½ cup olive oil

½ a cup of walnuts

If using the hand crank blender have kids shred basil and break up the walnuts before putting them in the blender

You can also take out the walnuts and add tomatoes

Dipping Sauce

When you don’t have a solar oven or a blender to prepare your snacks then defiantly just eat them raw. However a salad dressing goes over well the kids.

½ cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbs strawberry jelly

¼ cup olive oil

shredded green onions or basil

salt and pepper

This may not be the exact amounts but play with these ingredients. We like to make basil, carrot, beet tacos and dip them in this dressing.

Ranch Dressing

Students often will only eat raw veggies if dipped in ranch (like we see on veggie party platters). So make ranch from scratch. This simple act impresses students almost more than the harvest vegetables themselves. It often leads into the important topic of processed food and the number of ingredients in them. Ranch from scratch only has 6.

½ cup buttermilk

½ cup mayonnaise (vegan is great!)

1 Tbs (or more) of dill

1pinch of salt

1 tsp of garlic powder (or a clove of fresh garlic)

Broiled tomatoes

Half a tomato, place in oven

Top with shredded basil and Parmesan cheese

Bake until cheese is browned

This will need a plate

Solar Oven Cookies

Sift together:

1-cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Stir in:

½ cup sugar

1/3 cup oil

½ cup oats

¼ cup raisins (golden work better in a solar oven)

¼ cup chocolate chips

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