Today’s menu: taco meat, tortilla chips, fruit cup (pears), peas and carrots
So this lunch *could* be practically gluten-free. I don’t have access to the ingredients, but if it’s just taco meat without fillers or “natural flavors” (which might contain gluten), the chips are 100% corn, the fruit cup doesn’t have wheat, and neither do the veggies then this lunch could be gluten-free. I think it would be powerful if school systems could provide lunches like this more frequently because people don’t need to eat gluten at every meal.
I have gone gluten-free outside of school lunch. It’s going great! You know, I feel a difference in my waistline. I never even thought I was bloated before but now that I’m not eating as much gluten as I was eating, I feel really good. I have completely lost the sense of urgency to run to the bathroom. That alone is a nice improvement. I think that’s a good sign that I some kind of wheat sensitivity.
Yum, yum, yum,
in my tum
The taco meat may look bad, but it’s most definitely better than some of the other stuff I have eaten (bagel dogs, cheese lasagna, rib-b-ques, etc) . It’s top on my list actually. Yay for edible food!
The Titanium Spork Award for September goes to…..
Dr. Susan Rubin!
The results were:
Birke Baehr 5 (5%)
Kate Adamick 4 (4%)
Chef Ann Cooper 27 (32%)
Dr. Susan Rubin 35 (41%)
Ed Bruske 13 (15%)
Thanks for voting everyone!
I got this exciting missive from Ali at Brave New Lunch (she was an early guest poster on the blog!):
Hi Mrs. Q,I’m now the director of food service at my school and I’m trying to change lots of things even while we’re short 25% of our staff. Not much time to blog but that will change soon.
I recently entered a food truck competition run by the city of Boston. They’re looking for new food truck concepts that emphasize sustainability, local-sourcing and healthy foods. These are all things I believe in and have learned much about in my school kitchen. It turns out that I’m now finalist in the competition. I’m an under dog as I’m the only finalist without an existing truck or food business. The competition is steep, and part of the contest is a round of online voting. My truck is BON ME and serves Vietnamese inspired-cuisine.
I think this might be a good opportunity to raise the profile of lunch ladies and potentially attract culinary professionals to work on school food. As a lunch lady, it’s hard to get respect and to get people exciting about school lunch because some people just assume that all school food comes out of a can and is bad. Chefs and culinary grads don’t want to work in school kitchens because they too think everything is thaw and serve. However, I noticed that as soon as people at my school found out about this contest, I gained a level of respect for my school kitchen, and I think it’s because no one thought that lunch lady could really cook and do cool things like entering gourmet food truck competitions (and hopefully win them!). All the announcement I made about improvements, all the “locally-sourced” signs in my cafeteria, and all the articles in the newsletter didn’t draw as much interest as my being a finalist in this food truck challenge. I want to show your readers that there really is the new breed of lunch ladies that WANTS to serve healthy, made in-house foods, and we’re qualified and excited to make changes. And I could get a few votes for my truck online:)
Here’s more information about the contest (voting ends Thursday!):
This is a link with info about my truck, BON ME, and a silly video I made:
Here is a link to the list of finalists on the City of Boston Food Truck Challenge:
To VOTE go to the bottom of the page and click “Vote Now”
I’m so excited for Ms. Ali!! If you feel strongly about what Ali has described above, please vote for her food truck BON ME.