Improving the menu this year has been all about making small changes rather than drastic ones. For example, we still serve hot dogs, but instead of the usual accompaniment of rice and beans from a boxed mix, we made a brown rice, carrot, and raisin salad. The recipe we used is based off of one from the “Recipes for Schools” section of the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution website.
We baked off a pan of brown rice and tossed it with shredded carrots, raisins, and sliced scallions for a bit of color. Then we mixed the salad with a sweet and sour dressing of orange juice, honey, and mustard. We served our salad hot. Some of the older students were really skeptical about it but then admitted they liked it after they tried it. To find the recipe on Jamie's website, click on the link above and click on the Recipes with Menu Planner pdf.On a side note: Many a thanks to our school nurse and nutrition director, Beth. She printed out copies of all the School Revolution recipes and brought them along to a meeting when we were writing the November menu. The last two months have been really hectic in the kitchen, but when there are others trying to help me improve school lunch, it makes it that much easier :)