Today’s menu: chili, nacho cheese (?!), tortilla chips, tater tots, apple (!), cookie (?), milk
The dearest, sweetest lunch lady offered me a choice today and so I took the alternative. Like I’ve said before, when I get a meal choice I usually take second option so that I can experience all of the meals at least once. Plus the main meal was the bagel dog and I just couldn’t do it. That was the meal that started me thinking about this project last Fall in the first place.
Notice how much stuff I’ve got on my tray today! I think I picked up too much from the line. I just go down the line and get out of there. So we’ve got the meat (chili), veggie (tater tots), fruit (apple), tortilla chips (grain), and cookie (grain). Reading over the nutritional requirements set forth by the USDA, I wasn’t able to decipher whether or not they had to offer the cookie so that there was another grain component. I think that schools are required to offer two grains. Can someone who knows these things comment on why I was served all of this food?
I’m fairly certain that the nacho cheese was a “bonus.” I abhor processed cheese, but I forced myself to dip a finger in and taste it. I was surprised to notice it was tangy in a very mildly spicy way. Branching out a little with spices? Still I just couldn’t dips chips into it. My sister loved vel*veeta as a child, but I was not into it. Processed cheese in liquid or solid form is absolutely not something I’m able to ingest without vomiting.
Many of you have suggest that I watch “Food, Inc.” Ironically my husband rented it and watched it last year, but I passed. A few years ago I watched “The Future of Food,” which I highly recommend. Like so many movies in that same vein, I have to be in a particular mood and I have to gear myself up to watch these kinds of films. They linger with me for so long. I’ve got a lot of guts, but sometimes I just need a rest.
But I will watch “Food, Inc” at some point and report back to you.