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If you could create your child's school cafeteria menu?
Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:04 pmFood.com Groupie
If you could create your child school cafeteria menu what would you put on it?
Here is the background I just applied for a job at a school cafeteria and one of the things with the job is planning a menu. It is a new school (only a year old). I know you think I am jumping the gun. But I have inside info and the other two applicants don't have the training like me. One actually had the job last year and they got lots of complaints about her food (and cleaning habits or lack there of) from staff and students.
I want to dazzle the principal by showing him not only my menu assignments from cooking school but a mock menu made up of kids favorite foods, that adults would like too, since staff will be eating too.
They don't have a deep fryer so anything deep-fried is off the menu. And some kid friendly salads too. Healthy choices too. Not just burgers and baked fries. The menu consists of Breakfast, Snack and Lunch.
Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:15 pmFood.com Groupie
Ugh. I accidentally deleted my post. Argh. Anyway...
I would love the opportunity to be able to change the food served at my childrens' school. Less fried food and more fruits and veggies. Only 100% juice though not so much of that. Mostly water and low fat (preferably non fat) dairy (with a soy option). Sandwhiches made from wraps or pitas come to mind as do baked pasta dishes without all the cheese. 2 good websites to check out would be The Healthy Kids Campaign and Menu For Change. I'd love to see what you propose.
For snacks, what about a little container of fruit dip and some fruit. McDonalds new apples/grapes/& walnut salad is actually simply that and my kids love fruit dip. I'd love to see school menus using more whole wheat products. Not everything has to be unrefined, but just a nod towards whole wheat would appeal to me. Yogurt smoothies are good snacks too. I'll keep thinking...
Let us know how the interview goes!
Parrot Head Mama
Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:27 amFood.com Groupie
My oldest child is just starting school in a few weeks and I'm actually quite impressed with the school menu. Here's what it includes:
hot dogs or turkey sand
baby carrots w/dip
oranges & apples
soft shell taco or PB &J w/string cheese
fresh melon and kiwi
chocolate pudding cup
hamburger or turkey sand
tossed salad w/dressing
grilled chicken sand or PB &J w/string cheese
peas & carrots
oatmeal choc. chip cookie
mozzarella breadstick dippers or turkey sand
fresh broccoli & cauliflower
mini corn dogs or PB & J w/string cheese
personal cheese pizza or turkey sand
tossed salad w/dressing
sub sand or PB &J
carrot & dip
chicken tenders or turkey sand
mashed potatoes w/gravy
italian hot pockets or turkey sand
fresh broccoli, cauliflower and celery w/dip
choc. chip cookie
spaghetti or turkey sand
tossed salad w. dressing
chicken patty on a bun or PB &J
carrots & dip
chocolate cake w/icing
sloppy joe or turkey sand
hashbrown on a stick
hope that helps! best of luck. As a parent, and daycare provider, I know that it's important to keep things healthy BUT FUN...I always include a little treat with the "good for you" goodies.
Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:44 pmFood.com Groupie
Thank you so much for the tips I am looking at the web sites right now. The pricipal wont be looking at the resumes until Monday. The deadline is today (Friday) at 4 pm. So have my fingers crossed. And it gives me the weekend.
A friend that works there was telling me that they didn't serve milk at all last year. They only served fruit juice. The only milk was in the cold cereal. And he would like to see more fruit, salads, and healty choices.
I also believe in treats too.
Fri Aug 12, 2005 7:35 pmFood.com Groupie
I also believe in treats too.
I believe in treats too. The problem I see is that what I would have considered a treat is now the regular food. I'd like healthy food with a treat, not only treats.
Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:26 pmFood.com Groupie
I mean I wouldn't been serving treat-type things everyday. I would like to do a baked treat once a week and then fruits, veggies, salads. Most kids get too much candy, chips or baked treats at home because to some people they seem cheaper than fresh fruit and veggie sticks.
The snack menu would consist of fruit, veggies sticks and low fat dip, baked sweet, salad, then maybe a healthy muffin or something else like more fruit to round out the week. Plus fruit and veggies are easier and faster to fix then a cake, muffins or cookies.
I am a mom and know first hand what too many sweets (even healthy ones) can do to a child. My son piled on the fruit and fruit juice at one time when I was in a state of depression and wasn't keeping my eye on what he was eating all the time and he ended up with the poops and his teeth started to suffer too. Now I keep an eye on what him and his sisters eat.
This is why I am asking too what other mothers would like to see their kids eating at school. Here we don't have to worry about deep-fried stuff because they had to get rid of it because it was a fire hazard.
Thanks for all your input it sure is helping me. I just have to get my butt in gear and start doing up my mock menu I have asked around in discussion groups I am part of too and there is lots of good info out there.
Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:45 pmFood.com Groupie
Here is some of the web-sites that were given to me by one person. I am just going to start looking at them. I hope to talk them into growing a garden there too as a teaching tool. More kids are likely to eat veggies if they helped grow them. Sorry for the long posts. I am just kinda all for this. I just hope I am not working myself up for nothing.
Schools with an all-organic menu
School Farm/kitchen Projects
Organic School Garden Awards Contest
The Rodale Institute is sponsoring an Organic School Garden Awards
contest for students nationwide in grades K-12. Any school with an
organic garden is eligible to participate. To enter, teams of
students and teachers must submit a brief essay that explains how
they use the garden as a learning tool. They must also submit a
poster made up of color photographs that demonstrate various aspects
of the garden and its educational uses. The winning school will
receive $1,000; second prize is $500, and third prize is $250.
Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2004.
For more news and resources, visit the National Sustainable
Agriculture Information Service Web site: Breaking News section:
Farnsworth Middle School organic garden currently seeking volunteers
The Farnsworth Middle School Organic Garden, located in front of the
middle school and next to the district office on State Farm Road, is
a great place to buy fresh organic produce all summer long!* And
with the warmer weather finally upon us, the garden is currently
seeking volunteers of all ages to help with spring planting. So if
you have a bit of time and a desire to get back to nature and
support your school and community, please stop by!
Volunteers will also be needed throughout the summer to help with
all aspects of garden operation including: planting, watering,
weeding, harvesting, and selling produce. All are welcome (children,
adults, groups). For more information, please contact Demian
Singleton at 456-6010 or Anthony DeGennaro at 869-7855.
*All profits from the sale of fresh produce at the FMS organic
garden go directly back into the garden and are used to purchase
various supplies throughout the year. In addition, a majority of the
food harvested each year is donated to local food banks and pantries
throughout the Capital Region. Summer 2005 hours of operation will
be: June thru September, weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and
Saturdays 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:05 pmFood.com Groupie
I think your ideas are sound and wonderful. I have a son with severe gastric reflux. He is on meds to control it but because of having this for a while he has learned that he feels better when he is full. So he is overweight. We work on it evry day, but it is not easy. And so when I see the menus of schools that are all unhealthy it really frustrates me. His school is private and lunch is $3.25 a day so I made a deal with him that he could choose 1 day a week to buy and he'll take the other days. He chose Fridays (which alternate pizza and sub sandwhiches). That is fine just as long as I have control over the other days...
So I think your ideas are great and I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Let us know how the interview goes!
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