Food Forward Training

In the interest of increasing the variety of our plant based options, 20 University of Arizona Culinary Supervisors & Chefs participated in a 2-day hands on training preparing delicious recipes that were all plant based.  Chefs and Supervisors also learned about the health benefits and how eating plant based foods can be beneficial to sustainability.  Throughout this training, participants created and presented their dishes.  Recipes ranged from breakfast to dessert and everything in between including:

  • Breakfast - Quinoa, Oatmeal & Fruit Parfait, Tofu Scramble, Zucchini Bread, Blueberry Muffins, and Pancakes
  • Pasta, Grains, and Rice - Coconut, Brown Rice with Baked Tofu, Creamy Polenta with Carrot Osso Bucco, Five Spice with Barley, Kale & Tofu, Pesto Pasta, Pasta Vermicelli with Fresh Roma Tomato Sauce, and Vegetable Lasagna
  • Taking it to the Streets - Garbanzo Bean Sliders with Caramelized Onions, Mushroom Street Tacos with Cilantro Cream, Open Faced Tamale, and Quesadillas
  • Soup, Sandwiches, and Salads - Chickpea Salad Sandwich, Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Red Onions and Fresh Greens with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Baguette, Black Bean Salad, Butternut Squash Soup, and Minestrone Soup
  • International Fare & Familiar Favorites - Bean & Leek Cassoulet, Cauliflower Fried Rice, Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto, Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Spinach Enchilada with Green Chili Sauce, Spicy Potato Curry, and Tamale Pie
  • Just Dessert - Bananas Foster, Chocolate Cake, Palmier, Tofu Chocolate Tart, and Red Velvet Cake.

Many of these recipes gave participants ideas for how to incorporate plant based foods at the University of Arizona.  We will feature new recipes here as they become available.

food forward group photo

A group photo of participants and instructors in the University of Arizona Production Kitchen.

Street Taco Ingredients

Mushroom Street Taco ingredients are prepared.


Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Red Onions and Fresh Greens with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Baguette and Flatbread.

description of dishes

Participants describe their dishes to attendees and guests.

instruction from chef wanda

Chef Wanda provides instruction to participants as the begin to work on their recipes.