SEATTLE — Seattle Public Schools has been working to bring more nutritious options to student's menus in the form of less processed foods with menu options customized to the tastes and preferences of the kids living in different neighborhoods.    

In this interview, District Chef Emme Ribeiro Collins talks about the changes to the menu, what kids and parents can expect, and demonstrates how to cook one of the new dishes destined for the cafeteria: Jerk Chicken with Sweet Plantains.  

Recipe: Seattle Public Schools' Jerk Chicken with Sweet Plantains

Jerk Rub

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground clove
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Mix all dry spice in a small bowl until well incorporated. Add vegetable oil to spices. Rub chicken wings with the jerk spice mixture and season with salt to taste.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and cooked through, 25-30 minutes.

Sweet Plantains

  • 2 large, ripe plantains
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter, optional  
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Trim ends of plantains, peel and cut diagonally into 1” pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. 
  3. Place plantain pieces in pan. Cook until plantains begin to brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. 
  4. Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook until soft, turning occasionally, until soft and deep golden brown, 6-8 minutes.

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