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Leaner, Greener School Lunches

The USDA has set out new guidelines that call for leaner, greener school lunches.I was glad to see school kids are in for what are being called leaner, greener lunches.

Now bear in mind it’s been well over 40 years since I ate school lunches on a regular basis. Grace and Clara, and later on Grace and Katherine fed my schoolmates and me in the Montrose Public Schools, with the exception of the three-and-a-half years I brought my own lunch, after I was diagnosed as diabetic at the age of 10.

But we grew up on a lot of baked potatoes–that was the main course, a baked potato–creamed turkey on mashed potatoes, loose-meat hamburgers on Thursdays and fish on Fridays. Catholics, Protestants, we all ate something with fish in it on Fridays, usually fish sticks.

The story I saw this week says the USDA is setting limits on calories and phasing in whole grains. One student complained because his school was no longer serving chicken nuggets. Aw, that’s tough, kid.

So anyway, school kids getting healthier meals sounds like a good thing. It almost makes me forget porcupine meatballs, which were meatballs with rice in them. Consider them through the eyes of a grade-schooler and tell me if it sounds appealing to you. And I won’t tell you what we called them.

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