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French School Lunch Compared to American School Lunch Day 27

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Zipping all around America and France checking out what kids are eating in school. Big differences between school systems, you can see what schools really try to put efforts to make healthy, balanced menus that kids will actually eat.  After focusing on Toms River, NJ for 23 lunch days, we moving southward to Charleston, South Carolina.  Instead of Pau, France located in the Southwestern corner we are traveling eastward to Nice, France.  Moving onwards to Day 27 to the goal of 30 lunch days.  Here are the menus: 


Shepherd’s Pie

Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Fresh Fruit

Juice or Fruit Cup, Milk



Cucumbers in Vinaigrette

Pork or Turkey Roast

Cauliflower in Bechamel Sauce

 Saint-Bricet Cheese, Waffle

Served with slices of baguette and water


Does everyone know what Shepherd’s Pie is?  It is a casserole filled with meat (usually beef, but in England they use mutton or lamb) vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes and baked.  It is very delicious comfort food and filling.  With the side dishes offered you can have a complete meal, nutritious and balanced.  A dish like Shepherd’s Pie, a filling dish should have light side dishes such as those served today, tossed salad and green beans.  Great lunch selection Charleston!  But, do the kids eat it?  Would love to be a fly on the wall when the kids are trying this.  Will they like it? 

The menu in Nice is also well-balanced.  A light starter that children love:  cucumbers,  followed by meat (pork roast or turkey roast as a substitute for those who cannot eat pork for religious reasons).  An unusual vegetable, cauliflower…but served with a creamy bechamel sauce.  Vegetables need to be dressed up…especially those that are the more unique types; such as cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli. Serving these vegetables steamed without any sauce is not appetizing to many…(am I wrong?).  Living in France I get used to all the little vinaigrettes and sauces the French put everywhere.  So good!  And isn’t it better to have kids eat these vegetables with just a little sauce than to not eat them at all?  Forget that the bechamel is filled with cream and butter..a touch here and there is a good balance to the meal and of course makes it appetizing.  This meal in Nice, France is completed with the “compulsory” slice of cheese and a waffle.  Yum…what do you think?  Almost lunchtime here in Pau…Je vous souhaite “Bon Appetit!” (I wish you Good Appetite).


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