Today’s menu: chicken teriyaki, rice (with peas and egg), bread, carrots, fruit cup, milk
Yeah for rice! I’m shocked at how infrequently it appears in school lunches considering it’s a staple for billions of people every day. I guess that there isn’t much of a “rice lobby” in Washington. This serving of rice wasn’t enough to qualify as a grain so bread is offered. I’m telling you right now that rice is not a “second class” grain and it should not be served with bread. I know there are people who take issue with “white” rice instead of brown rice (I personally like brown rice more than white rice). Hey, I’m just pleased about a little variety… not wheat, wheat, wheat, corn, wheat…. day after day.
So I liked this meal. I ate it up even the fruit cup and I drank the fruit cup juice.
Trash is a big concern. I believe that the reason single use items are cheap is because the true cost of burying garbage is hidden. Where does your garbage go? Do you recycle? Does your workplace? Thinking about landfills is no fun, but I think if we want to be good citizens, we have to worry about this stuff. Illinois Landfill Capacity Reports (more info from IL state government).
Some states do great, but others don’t even try. For example, from what I know about Wisconsin, recycling is practically part of the culture. Illinois? Not so much. Should there be national recycling standards? Maybe there should be some kind of regional recycling contest to get residents excited about competing state by state?! Personally I’d love to see the state-by-state breakdown in recycling statistics, but I couldn’t find it online. But I found this though: EPA (search EPA databases to get more info about your community).
I’m going to have to do more fun stories about processed foods…thanks for your feedback!