Well, we tried, and then we tried again, but the LAUSD doesn’t seem to be able to make a lunch that my child would like to eat (save the calzone with salad). My kid is vegetarian-leaning (she was vegetarian until age four, when she opted out) but doesn’t like turkey and most beef (and most fish; so much for her forays into omnivorous eating). I asked her what the other kids thought and my daughter told me: “They all hate it.” The salads are usually okay, and she said that now the fruit is more edible (good job there, LAUSD — it’s not easy to serve 650,000 meals a day, I know), but the vegetables are often inedible when they are cooked (unless they’re potatoes).
For the record, my child is one of the most naturally healthy eaters I’ve ever seen (balanced by a sweet tooth that rivals even mine).
There are no vegetarian options on the LAUSD menu except for peanut butter and jelly, and I’m not sure they’re even giving kids that choice any more. There used to be two choices for the lunch entree, now there are one. So, though it’s a good deal financially, having my child return home with a rumbling stomach during one of the biggest growth spurts of her life isn’t worth the trouble.
What to pack? It gets quite repetitive after a short period of time, and then I start to have even more sympathy for the LAUSD. There is also the matter of food safety, which of course I take very seriously (egg salad sandwich, I’m talking to you). So far I have a very limited menu, but there is always fruit and I don’t pack too many vegetables (other than carrot sticks) because we eat at least 2 cups of them each at dinnertime.
Here’s what she’s had thus far: Continue reading