Poor nutrition and pretty awful tastes has been a central theme of school lunches since the beginning of the public school cafeteria but seemingly out of nowhere has arisen a new push to get more funding for schools so that healthier meals can be served to our nation’s children. This topic has been covered at great length by the great local food blog Simple Good and Tasty, Jamie Oliver during his “Food Revolution” show (sad clip at the top), and more importantly First Lady Michelle Obama.
Well, no one can deny it–school cafeterias are crap and the only real way to get anything good into your kids’ stomachs is by having them brown bag their lunch. Well with so many kids being picky eaters or just changing their likes minute to minute, Parents magazine, which began arriving at our house just prior to the arrival of The Rooster, has come to the rescue by providing eleven “super-healthy lunch-box recipes that are so tasty you’ll probably want to pack a second lunch for yourself!” These recipes were created by eleven different celebrity chefs including Sam Kass, the assistant White House Chef and the First Lady’s “food initiative coordinator”.
While you should never judge a book by its cover I have to say that these recipes are an absolute and utter joke and a half. No “chef” should ever even think about serving the majority this crap to adults, let alone children. Here’s the list:
Whole-Grain Hummus Sandwich With Veggies
Tropical Turkey Spring Rolls
Aloha Chicken With Pineapple Dip
Crunchy Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Grilled Chicken Salad With Herb-Sherry Vinaigrette
Ham and Cucumber Sarnie
Vanilla Almond Butter and Banana Sandwich
Krispy Kale Chips
Black-Bean Salsa and Tortillas
Now, aside from the Vanilla Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches, I am unimpressed with the list. Kale chips? Mozzarella sticks? In a brown-bag lunch? Seriously? Come on people. While the Whole-Grain Hummus Sandwich sounds fine to me I know that when I was 8 years old (and a lover of chickpeas at the time) I would not want to be toting around a salad on a sandwich. The mozzarella sticks sound great right out of the oven but in my kid’s lunch more than 18 hours later? Hardly. A grilled chicken salad for a kid at lunch? Really, seriously, from one of the chefs at the White House? You couldn’t do any better and you’re the one helping the First Lady revamp the school lunch system? Ugh.
So what do you think about the list? Would you make any of those to serve to your kids? If you did which ones would they be most likely to actually eat? Are these really lunches that required a chef to create? What do your kids love in their lunches? How about the video clip above… Do your kids know what vegetables look like and where their food comes from? Whatever you have to say about the brown bag lunch recipes which appeared recently in Parents go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.