Today’s menu: popcorn chicken, tater tots, apple, bread, butter, milk (offered to students, but I don’t take it so it’s not pictured)
I made it to day 60. Let’s pause because I think that’s a milestone. The average American school has 180 instructional days per year — I’m one-third of the way. I’m a teeny bit choked up actually. I hope I can continue with the project for the full 180 days. My stomach and taste buds are confused, but I think I have already made a small difference at least for the readers of this blog. Keep your fingers crossed that I can keep going (anonymously of course).
So let’s get back to what I ate today. Popcorn chicken. After the chili and the meatball sub I had earlier this week (which I thought weren’t too bad), I should have seen this coming. I slathered the chicken bits with bbq sauce. When that wasn’t enough I randomly squirted ketchup all over them. It got very messy and so did I. It’s not that they tasted bad per se. It’s just that after I read that chicken nuggets contain roughly 50% chicken (and now I can’t find the citation), I struggle trying to get them down. Last week was pretty chicken-heavy (chicken patty and chicken nuggets) and I’m not complaining because I do prefer chicken over beef. It just seems like a lot of the same.
There were two popcorn chicken bits that were fused together (see first picture). When I bit into them/it, I got a closer look at what is on the inside, I took a close-up shot. It sort of looks like mashed potato and not like chicken. I wanted to share that with you. It got me thinking about the students at my school walking home or playing outside or going to the store and if a parent or random adult questioned them, “What did you eat at school?” Again I think they might actually say, “I don’t know.” It is tough to say what that was.
But. Bread and butter are simply delicious (I’m into comfort food). And the apple?! Thank you those in power who might be reading this (hi!). Um, a fruit cup might have put me over the edge.