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Aibu to think the school lunch DD had today was a joke?

(223 Posts)
ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 21:31:37

Seriously....noodles and a beef burger with no bun...the other veg on offer was potatoes and cauli....followed bu "A cookie as big as my face" according to DD aged 5. Is that crap or am I fussy? She usually has a packed lunch....

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 21:54:07

I think it's terrible...to offer white noodles and a burger....or potatoes instead of noodles along with cauliflower! I suppose there must have been a veggie option....luckily she will be back on packed tomorrow! There is no option to pre select a meal.

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 21:55:10

All this press about "Healthy school meals" is bollocks in our case...my lunches are far more balanced and also a lot more appetizing! Imagine a burger, cauli and noodles together on a plate!

Mummyoftheyear Mon 23-Sep-13 21:55:54

Packed lunch all the way!

WorraLiberty Mon 23-Sep-13 21:58:05

Presumably you had to pick the meal in advance from the menu? Go for packed lunches if you're not happy with what the school provides.

Not in my kid's Primary.

There's a choice of 2 or 3 meals from the menu everyday, but the kids pick.

frogspoon Mon 23-Sep-13 21:58:07

So the school wouldn't let her have cauliflower with her noodles, or did she not want the cauliflower?

A healthy balanced meal would normally contain protein, carb and veg

Burger, noodles and cauliflower, whilst a bit unusual, would be a balanced enough meal.

Yakky Mon 23-Sep-13 21:59:16

I am also seeing the light with regards to school dinners. No wonder my DCs like it when they have dinners instead of a packed lunch as they get to eat more crap than is on offer at MacDonalds!

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 22:00:46

Frog no I said...she had cauliflower...my issue is that it's just a terrible meal! Cauli, noodles and a bald burger! Gross concoction if you ask me.

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 22:01:44

Also, what's with the chocolate muffin ban....we're not "allowed" to pack them....but they can give DD a massive cookie? confused

frogspoon Mon 23-Sep-13 22:04:22

I don't see why a bald burger is such an issue?

A burger in a bun with chips would actually be much more unhealthy than a burger with noodles and cauliflower.

TwoAndTwoEqualsChaos Mon 23-Sep-13 22:08:57

Apparently, my son today had cheesy mash, baked beans and cucumber, the cheese apparently the protein. Last week, my daughter (almost 7) said she had mash and pasta with tomto sauce. Not happy.

5Foot5 Mon 23-Sep-13 22:10:04

"A healthy balanced meal would normally contain protein, carb and veg*

When DD was at primary they had to something like this in theory, i.e. they had to take something from each of the three groups DD referred to as:
1) "main thing"
2) potatoes or pasta
3) vegetable.

This sounds OK until you realise that some of the dinner ladies had zero common sense. She would come home some days and tell me she had had a jacket potato with pasta! Apparently the jacket potato was her "main thing" but the dinner lady still insisted that she had to have something from the potato and pasta group and as DD very reasonably pointed out she didn't want potato and potato so pasta it was.

On another occasion when she was only about 5 I asked her what vegetable she had had and she said "stuffing". Apparently this had been set out in the vegetable group so she assumed that is what it was.

BikeRunSki Mon 23-Sep-13 22:12:21

We get a menu from school, which shows what the 2 choices are each day, but ds does not choose until he is at the front of the dinner queue.

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 22:12:55

Frog who mentioned chips? Not me....I would either serve the burger with wedges or not at all! Nothing wrong with wedges...and as for noodles....serve them with a bloody stir fry! Not with a burger!

Yakky Mon 23-Sep-13 22:13:03

TBH I wouldn't be impressed with noogles or burgers being on the menu at all.
I thought Jamie Oliver had pushed schools into actually cooking meals not just heating up noodles FGS.
Why can't they have what we had at school? Shephers Pie with peas, carrots, brocolli and flapjack? Or braised steak with roasties & veg (again) followed by sponge pudding & custard? Or jacket potato filled with chilli con carne and a fruit salad for pudding?
I could go on as I remember my school dinners with great affection. It was only in my last year at school that the kitchen closed and we were left to choose between chips and burger or chips and hot dog.

frogspoon Mon 23-Sep-13 22:14:38

Apparently, my son today had cheesy mash, baked beans and cucumber, the cheese apparently the protein. Last week, my daughter (almost 7) said she had mash and pasta with tomto sauce. Not happy.

I would have thought the beans were the protein?

Your children are vegetarian?

SaucyJack Mon 23-Sep-13 22:15:08

Sounds like the kind of tasteless crap you throw togetherwhen you're scraping the freezer bare the night before payday.

shrunkenhead Mon 23-Sep-13 22:17:44

I am new to the world of school dinners, and assumed after the whole Jamie Oliver malarkey school dinners had to improve and those that choose packed lunches were either being snobby or couldn't afford school dinners.

frogspoon Mon 23-Sep-13 22:18:50

icame,

I didn't say you wanted your dd to have chips, I was just pointing out that the conventional burger and chips is actually far more unhealthy than the unusual burger, noodles and cauliflower.

You obviously don't like her having unusual food combinations, even when the meal is fairly balanced and healthy, but you also don't want her to have traditional food combinations like burger and chips as it is unhealthy.

You sound like someone who is quite hard to please.

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 22:19:37

Yakky I would LOVE to know that too! I can't think what was wrong with the meals we had....I loved them! Shrunk I think the majority of kids in my DC school have packed because the food is bad! The school is very, very good though....so it seems almost churlish to complain!

ImagineJL Mon 23-Sep-13 22:20:28

Sounds fine to me!

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 22:20:35

Frog Are you our school dinner lady? I never said I didn't want her to have burger and chips....I said I would serve burger with wedges or not at all....not the same thing.

measuringcup Mon 23-Sep-13 22:20:42

I put mine on packed lunches because juniors went last and because my child with sn was particularly slow she always used to end up last and get left overs.

we had noodles and three bread
Rice peas and carrots
Chips and bread

when they changed to a chose day before menu I thought this would be solved but nope.

So they are all on packed lunches now

Greensleeves Mon 23-Sep-13 22:21:14

my boys once had a scoop of mashed potato with a splat of tuna mayo, because they had run out of baked potatoes. Two fucking quid.

we check the menu the night before and I pressure them to have packed lunch unless it is something they really want.

Yakky Mon 23-Sep-13 22:23:41

Not being funny but who the hell would actually want to eat noodles, burger and cauliflower?
I'm all for trying new foods but that is just bizarre.

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 22:23:57

Boak at mashed potatoes and tuna mayo splat! "Hmm what's on the menu Mummy? Oooh it's mash and splat!"

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