I’ve been so disappointed lately when I go shopping and look into other families’ grocery carts. The only vegetable I usually see is like canned corn (technically a grain) and salsa. Then on Friday when I was substitute teaching some Spanish classes at a local high school I saw the only two lunch options were sloppy joes and beef tacos. So when I saw “Cool School Lunch Ideas” as a targeted ad when I was checking my Gmail account today you can only imagine my excitement. Anticipating fresh produce and whole grains prepared in new and delicious ways, I clicked on the link. And then I saw this hot dog soup recipe.
I almost fell out of my chair. Having seen the Cancer Project’s new ad against hot dogs I wanted to shake some sense into Stephanie Gallagher. I don’t mind that the government allows ingredients including pig snouts and stomachs, cow lips and livers, goat gullets and lamb spleens to be used in hot dog production. It’s the sodium nitrate, nitrite, fat, and sodium that can be dangerous.
Another “cool school lunch idea” was “macaroni and cheese with a hidden vegetable“. Why has hiding vegetables from kids become such a good idea? There’s almost nothing I find less appealing than picky eaters. The kids I taught in Spain were only 5 years old and they ate fava beans, green beans, asparagus, tomatoes, or bell peppers every day as part of their school lunch.
Enough of this. My blood is starting to boil! Here’s a picture of a phyllo dough appetizer I made last week. It was filled with fresh mozzarella and Niçoise olives. It was really pretty so I took a picture of it.