Holiday Meals at Latham Centers: Making Health
Traditionally, the holiday season marks a time to be spent with family and friends, and gorging on tasty food. For about 30% of the students at Latham School who remain on campus during the holiday season, many of whom have Prader-Willi Syndrome, it takes on a similar, yet healthier tone, and one that staff at Latham Centers have worked hard to create.
The atmosphere is one of happiness and pride. Many of the students who remain on campus during the holiday season have never had a chance to experience a holiday such as Christmas, New Year’s, or Hanukkah, especially with people they would consider friends. Staff take on a familial role, and the Latham Centers kitchen suddenly feels like your very own. Chef Paul and his team created two fun and festive meals. See the Hanukkah Menu in the image, and learn about the Christmas Dinner below!
-Cheese Omelet (with hot sauce and ketchup)
Christmas, Mid-Day “Dinner:”
App: Buffalo Chicken Dip with Tortilla Chips
Meal: Daisy Ham with Raisin Gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Peas & Carrots, Cranberry Sauce
Dessert: Four Christmas Cookies
Chef Paul’s “Buffalo Chicken Dip with Tortilla Chips”
We slow roasted chicken, on the bone. Just because there is a lot more flavor than just roasting chicken breasts.
After it cooled, I shredded the chicken, the same way you would shred pulled pork and added some Buffalo Wing Sauce. I like to use Sweet Baby Rays.
I lined the bottom of oven safe ramekins with cream cheese.
Then filled the ramekins almost to the top and pushed the chicken meat down into the ramekins.
Then I topped the chicken with a mix of low-fat Mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheeses.
Once on a sheet pan, we baked them for about 15 minutes.
By the time the cheese is brown n bubbly, the chicken is heated too.
We served the Buffalo Chicken Dip with a few tortilla chips for dipping.
The kids LOVED it! It may have been the highlight of the meal…even better than the Christmas Cookies!