How a public school in Queens went vegetarian
Pack up your kids and move to Queens. One public school there, Public School 244, has become the first in the city, possibly the country, to go vegetarian.
And the food sounds pretty darn good. Here’s a sample of offerings, via the New York Daily News:
Whole-grain sunrise carrot bread with hot cereal choice
Fluffy egg omelet with melted cheese in a New York-style bagel
Waffles with warm syrup and
mozzarella string cheese
Black bean and cheddar quesadilla served with salsa, red roasted
potatoes and broccoli
Roasted organic tofu with cacciatore sauce, whole-grain pasta and roasted zucchini
“Superhero” spinach wrap with cucumber salad
Chickpea falafel in a soft wheat wrap with chopped romaine, fresh diced tomatoes and cucumber salad
The school made the switch the smart way: gradually. Meat came off the menu for only three days a week at first, then for four, and finally for all five. We salute the genius who managed to get 400 kids into tofu and spinach wraps. Although we’re guessing pizza and grilled cheese, those staples of greasy school lunch everywhere, are still on the menu occasionally.