Day 69: tex mex

Today’s menu: tex-mex (turkey meat over rice & corn), beans, tortilla chips, fruit jello, milk

Yeah! It’s one of my favorite meals; it’s like real food. I also feel full for a long time after this meal. The beans are good, but I didn’t even open the tortilla chips — there just is no time. The fruit jello tasted yummy. Red dye is tasty.

I drank a ton of water today. There might have been some salt in those chips…(I ate them quickly as a snack when I had a short break). I should have taken a snapshot of the ingredient list on the back of the chips package, but I really have such little time. I’m eating as fast as I can and usually I’m multitasking trying to organize some paperwork. I actually sit by a computer when I eat and try to do quick data entry or send an email. Teachers get limited time on the computer for emailing colleagues or the principal, etc.

I didn’t realize that the taco meat was turkey until today when I scanned the menu. I do believe that the menu has been updated to share that information. I do scan the menu, but for the most part I avoid it. Just like the kids I get in line and make it a surprise. Today tex-mex was a happy surprise. However, I have decided definitively that pasta is my favorite school lunch.

And I guess today I was Blogger’s Blog of Note. Thank you for that honor!

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27 Responses to Day 69: tex mex

  1. mydogischelsea April 29, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    I'm a little confused – did you eat the chips or not? You said you didn't open them but then you say you drink a lot of water, indicating that it might be as a result of the salt in the chips. Not trying to nit-pick (I love your blog!), but it is a a little confusing.

  2. Just a girl April 29, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    It does look good. I've never been a big fan of the fruit jello. But this meal does look like something I could eat if I had to.

    I think I would miss having everything on a real tray with the option to mix my food or eat everything separately.

  3. Mrs. Q April 29, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    good point, I added more info. Thanks!

  4. ashley schoolar April 29, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    It sounds as if the better and slightly more healthful options are the meatless days. For some reason it looks as if the food is improving slightly. The patties and the pizza appear as if they should be avoided. My sons school has fairly similar fare but i must say the bean and cheese burrito is decent and is served with corn and an apple which is somewhat satisfying. He eats on bean and cheese burrito day and pizza (ugh) day. Keep up the good work.

  5. My Life on the Dole April 29, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    Congratulations on your recognition as Blogger's Blogs of Note. You deserve it. You're are writing a great & informative blog PLUS you are sacrificing yourself at the altar of school food. 🙂

  6. queenscook April 29, 2010 at 2:48 am #

    @ashley schoolar: I don't understand your comment. Are you considering today's meal "meatless"? Do you not count turkey as meat? And you say that it seems that the pizza appear as if it should be avoided, but it seems that the pizza is a meatless meal. It doesn't appear that there is meat on it, anyway.

  7. Anonymous April 29, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    Ok so does the fruit jello count as the fruit and dessert? Talk about minimizing to save money, haha!

  8. Firefly April 29, 2010 at 3:45 am #

    When I eat stuff like this I like crumbling the chips into it for some texture. And you can eat everything faster.
    I love making something similar to this at home. Looks yummy.

  9. Saffy April 29, 2010 at 3:45 am #

    It does look much nicer than cheese sandwich day, I must say. Congrats on your recognition from Blogger – you deserve it 🙂

  10. cookieface April 29, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    Awesome blog. I really enjoy seeing what you eat each day. Keep the posts coming. I didn't know schools cooked this many different meals!

  11. Vanessa April 29, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    Not sure if this is what Ashley meant, but a lot of people don't think of poultry as meat, just beef and maybe pork. I'm vegetarian and get asked all the time if I eat chicken and/or fish.

    Today's lunch looks pretty good – the beans definitely look less disgusting than last time they were served!

  12. ashley schoolar April 29, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    queenscook; I am merely stating that the meatless options (bean and cheese burrito, etc) 'appear' to be more tasty. I made no mention of todays meal being meatless if you wanted to go back and reread what i stated. Why did you not leave a message for Mrs Q instead of combing through my message? Seems trite.

  13. Stepshep April 29, 2010 at 4:22 am #

    I don't want to be gross…but I have to be. That looks like vomit (rice stuff), diarrhea (bean stuff), and animal organs stored in blood (fruity stuff) served with a bag of chips. It may taste good, but it looks quite awful from here. PS Congrats on getting "Blog of Note" for the day. Not sure when it happened, but your blog now has over 500,000 hits as well! Milestone!

  14. The villager: April 29, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Tex-Mex looks yummy !

  15. The Bush League Cook April 29, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    Hi, I just happened on your blog through scrolling through the blog of note! What a great idea–I love it! Well written and interesting information Thanks!

  16. Anonymous April 29, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    Looks good. Wish there was a side of a vegetable of some sort. Or maybe a bit of salad.

  17. Anonymous April 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Possibly you should use the chips to scoop instead of the spoon on the beans and tex-mex…doesn't waste the plastic and consumes all the food

  18. Nici April 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    I'm glad this meal was tasty, but I am disappointed in the nutrition aspect.

    As a type 1 diabetic, I would not have been able to eat this meal as a child. The carb count (and probably the fat count as well) on this meal is just appalling – rice, corn, beans, corn chips, jello, and fruit are all loaded with simple carbs.

    A healthier alternative would be to remove the corn from the tex-mex bowl, to replace the simple white rice with beans (black or pinto would be nice), to replace the refried beans with a REAL vegetable … maybe a green salad as another person suggested, and to replace the jello cup with a REAL piece of fruit.

    You would still get all of the same satisfaction, but at a fraction of the carbs, fat, and empty calories. I would also expect the costs to be similar (maybe even lower.)

  19. educationsolicitation April 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    I think eating the schools lunch is very adventurous. I work in a public school in the midwest and wouldn't dare touch the pre-packaged food, plus I don't eat pork, so I don't need any surprises. Hopefully, your blog will garner the attention it needs to get healthier meals into schools. Some of your snapshots look way better than the meals they serve here.

  20. Melanie April 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    Hi Mrs. Q–just stumbled upon your blog from the Blogs of Note. I just wanted to let you know that you are doing a brave thing! My mom came in and ate lunch with me one day when I was in first grade. I believe it was chicken nuggets with some kind of weird sugar sauce. From that day until I graduated from high school, my mother made me a balanced, healthy lunch every single day.

    Good luck with your project! I hope you can effect some change in the system!

  21. henrysMom A2MI April 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    The Tex-Mex would be so much more appetizing to me if it were just served in a real bowl. I'm not so sure the sodium in the chips is to blame for your thirst Mrs. Q. I bet the Tex Mex turkey and beans are loaded with sodium, too, as all processed foods are. It covers up a multitude of sins.

  22. JaniceNJ April 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    I still think the beans look like chocolate pudding in the photo!

  23. Judy in Indiana April 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Our kids get two options for lunch, like turkey and cheese sandwich or beef and cheese nachos. The sides are the same, only the main dish varies. Kids have to "order" lunch on a tally sheet in their classes each morning. That way, the cafeteria knows how much of each entree to make.

  24. CJ April 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    I still don't understand how fruit jello can be considered a full fruit/veg portion.

  25. zahirah.com April 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Congrats on being Blogger's Blog of Note! Well deserved.

  26. Kate Dombach April 30, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    How is jello fruit? All it is is dye and sugar!

  27. LiebidktheLonghorn May 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    This is an insult to tex mex. I mean it, dont call it that, it certainly isnt tex mex. Tex mex is ground beef, mexican is steak meat. If you want real Tex mex, go to Texas specifically chuy's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuy's
    It truly is the best tex mex ever

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