Monday, November 15, 2010

Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are a wonderful, hearty school lunch food for the winter months.  Preschoolers and adults like them, and they can be dressed up in so many ways to make a fun meal.  Our salad bar morphs into a baked potato bar for the day, and I’ve found that it’s been very easy to upgrade the fixins: 

Last year, defrosted chopped broccoli
This year, fresh, chopped broccoli, blanched, and bright green

Last year, sour cream
This year, sour cream mixed with fat-free plain yogurt (and no one even knows!)

Last year, dried powder chives
This year, sliced fresh scallions

Last year, potatoes wrapped in foil
This year, no foil (500 fewer pieces of foil in a trash and less work for the kitchen.  The one negative about no foil is that the potatoes don’t stay as hot once out of the oven.)  

Here are some other things we continue to served on the bar (and possibilities for future upgrades): bacon bits (chopped bacon), shredded cheese, canned baked beans (lentil salad), chopped tomatoes, bottled salsa (house-made salsa). 


  1. Sounds awesome! I remember eating the baked potato bar in my high school, but it was not nearly as healthy as your bar. Keep up the good work!

  2. I happened upon your blog via Mrs. Q's above, and am pleased to see someone else promoting and supporting healthier, more natural meals for schoolchildren. As the mother of a toddler who will be attending school in a few years (though not in the U.S. but in Scotland), thank you!

    Personally I'd be thrilled if my little boy was presenting with options like this at school. In fact, I'd be tempted to put shoes on my knees, pretend to be a child, and gatecrash the cafeteria to join in! ;-)

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  4. Sounds good! I love eating baked potato from my childhood until now. Keep up the good work!

  5. Went to Scotland years ago, they served stuffed baked potato with tuna... almost on every menu. also you could get cheese on it, but they did not refrigerate their cheese and I was not use to eating warm dried cheese. melted easier though....


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