Welcome to day 3 on an informal comparison of school lunch menus in America to France. Yesterday there was no primary school in France; on Wednesdays the kids “have the day off” to do activities and catch up on some play time. If you have seen my previous posts showing Day 1 and Day 2 of the menus you may notice that in America you have choices between the main meal, which is not the case in France. Plus in France, children cannot bring their packed lunches into the cafeteria. If you eat in school you must eat what is on the menu. However, in France, the kids are quite disciplined to just eat what is served; especially if they sit at the table HUNGRY! as most of them do. See my post from this summer discussing the interesting aspect of kids food discipline in France.
So here goes for September 15, 2010. Enjoy and Bon Appetit!
Toms River, NJ
Choice of 1 main dish, 2 sides and served with a half pint of milk
Popcorn Chicken or Cheese Steak Sandwich
Corn and Applesauce
Served with slices of baguette and water
Cucumber and Chives
Hungarian Goulash with Basmati Rice
Sugared Fromage Blanc (like yogurt)
OK, maybe I am biased living in France, but that French menu sounds appetizing! But would your kids eat it? I know that even my kids, who are quite open to new foods, would love the cucumber, the rice and fromage blanc; but would they like the hungarian goulash? I wonder. It is almost surprising that the French menu planner actually puts this on the menu, hungarian goulash? Do you know that some of the kids eating in the cantine in France are just 3 or even younger! This same menu, and one you have seen on Day1 and Day 2 is also served to “Les Maternelles”; that is children aged 3-5. For the American menu, I know my children would like the popcorn chicken, the corn and applesauce. Cheese steak sandwich is not high on their list. But how many times will they put chicken on the menu? There was chicken already for Monday and Tuesday! Come on, Toms River, diversify a bit. What do you think? Would YOUR kids eat hungarian goulash for lunch in the school cafeteria? What about cucumbers and chives? Let me know your thoughts.