Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Please, sir, can I have some more kale? Schools go vegetarian
Would you like the tofu roasted in sesame sauce, the felafel and cucumber salad, or the braised black beans and plantains? These are some of the exotic choices at the first school in the US to take meat off the menu.
Public School 244Q, in Queens, New York City, has introduced exclusively vegetarian lunches as part of a city-wide mission to improve public health. And the school’s 400 pupils , aged four to nine, can’t get enough.
“This is so good!” Marian Satti, nine, told the New York Daily News while devouring a black-bean and Cheddar cheese quesadilla. “I’m enjoying that it didn’t have a lot of salt in it.”
When Jamie Oliver took his healthy-eating campaign to a school in Doncaster, one mother smuggled in junk food for her grease-starved children. In Queens, parents are more likely to test new dishes at PS244Q’s “family dinner” nights.
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