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Seventh- and Eighth-Graders Take On Planning and Preparing Food for the School

Friday, May 5, 2017

Upper School Cooking Elective

This spring, the MCS Kitchen team has been leading a seventh- and eighth-grade elective called “Food for Thought.” The students have completed several food-related activities, such as helping to prepare muffins for the whole school’s Friday morning snack, making scones for Grandparents and Special Friends Day and watching a documentary about our country’s food system.

A few weeks ago, I had the group help me write a week’s worth of lunch menus. We began by brainstorming our favorite lunches and a few new ideas for future lunches. Then we examined all the factors that go into planning the MCS lunch menu. We talked about only serving beef once a week so that we can use the MCS Farm supply over the course of the whole school year. Although, we don’t follow a strict Meatless Monday program, typically one lunch per week is meat free. We also try to buy as much local and seasonal produce as possible. The students looked at availability lists from our vendors who source from farms in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to get an idea of what vegetables are available in early spring. We also discussed the various considerations necessary to meet the different needs of our community. One example is making sure that people who are vegetarian will have plenty to eat on days when meat is served. After much debate and consideration, this is the menu we came up with, that will be served the week of May 8.  Good work seventh- and eighth-graders! Bon appétit!

Menu brainstormingMonday, May 8
Chicken Tenders
BBQ Tofu
Oven Fries
Celery and Carrot Sticks with Ranch Dressing
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Fruit
Milk

Tuesday, May 9
Pulled Pork Tacos
Rice and Beans
Coleslaw
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Fruit
Milk

Wednesday, May 10
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Sautéed Green Beans
Garlic Bread
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Fruit
Milk

Thursday, May 11
Hamburgers and Veggie Burgers
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Cheese
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Fruit
Milk