Hello from Washington State! As an elementary school teacher and foodie, I’ve been reading Mrs. Q’s blog with curiosity, but have never taken the plunge in eating my school lunch…until today.
I had a surprising number of choices for lunch: cheese pizza was the featured item, but a corndog, bean/cheese burrito, and yogurt/blueberry muffin/string cheese were also offered as the entrée. Each month’s menu has a featured fruit/veg/grain – this month had grapes, pea pods and quinoa. A fresh salad bar, additional fruit (dried/fresh/canned) and veg is also provided each day, along with 1% milk or fat-free chocolate milk.
I chose the bean/cheese burrito, as I hadn’t had one in awhile (I found out later they’d sold out). It was surprisingly good – better than anything I’d anticipated. The flavor/texture was spot-on, and the cheese wasn’t rubbery or greasy. In the salad bar, I chose grapes, pea pods and baby carrots. All were crisp and fresh. Also available was a tossed salad, canned peaches and raisins. I didn’t see the grain, but I was excited by the fresh fruit/veg and probably missed it. I was happy to have ranch dressing to accompany my veggies, and I saw a few kids with a similar set-up on their trays.
Our school kitchen is reheat and serve, but we’ve a few things that make us unique. First, upper-grade students serve the entrée (with gloves, of course), while our lunch lady oversees the line and replenishes food. All kids help themselves to the salad/fruit/veg bar. Our trays, while disposable, are compostable. They cost a bit more, but it’s something our student environmental group supports. Recycling and composting of leftovers from lunches is also in place, helping to reduce the amount of trash produced. Our district also publishes menus and nutritional information online, but not ingredients (that I found).
All in all, I was beyond impressed with the lunch. I’d eat it again, if not for the cost – over $3.00. I simply do better packing my lunch each day. But I’m still impressed bythe nutritious, healthful options my district offers students on a daily basis.
*** Thanks for eating school lunch for the blog, Miss A! I’d love to eat that lunch too! ***
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