Monday, March 28, 2011

What's for Lunch: Uneaten Chicken Fajitas

Ed Bruske
aka The Slow Cook

This meal was a great disappointment to me, and not because the food wasn't good. I was just baffled that the kids showed so little interest in eating it.

As you can see, the large, whole wheat tortilla was filled with strips of seasoned chicken. These arrive at the school frozen. It's no trouble reheating them in the commercial steamer. But apparently, most of the kids thought the tortilla and the chicken inside were "nasty."

As best I could tell, only a couple of them in the entire lunchroom were actually picking the tortilla up and eating it. A few nibbled around the edges. Otherwise, they just left it on the tray untouched.
As frequently occurs, the kids have absolutely no idea what to do with the condiments on the side--in this case the lettuce, the chopped tomato and the grated cheddar cheese. At my table, I demonstrated how these were supposed to be piled on top of the chicken inside the tortilla. Looks lovely, no?

The refried beans--out of a can--weren't any better than they look. They were merely edible. Otherwise, I thought this was a terrific meal that mostly went into the trash.

1 comment:

  1. It might have been more popular had it been a bit smaller (do kids really need a tortilla that large) and openface. Food can seem a little scary/confusing when you haven't got much of an idea what's inside. As for the refried beans...maybe a little cheese on top or some salsa?