There were also a several bags of milk-chocolate chips and two large tubs of Crisco in the refrigerator. Seeing these foods in the school pantry made me realize just how SAD our diets are, and why kids today do not know how to cook real foods. Not sure what the cereals are used for, trail mix perhaps. But teens don't need to make that. I remember my Jr and Sr high cooking classes and they weren't much better. We learned to make meatballs, garlic bread, grasshopper pie, cream puffs, pie, cookies, and who knows what else. I've always love to cook so none of the recipes seemed difficult for me. However, other kids in the class would struggle with simple directions such as "Cream together butter and sugar."
Teens and adults today do know know how to cook, and dumbed down home-ec/Family Consumer Science (FCS) classes are not helping. Clients tell me they do not know how to wilt or sauté spinach in butter, they do not know how to whip cream, they have never roasted vegetables, most have never roasted a whole chicken, and a whole lot of people don't know the difference between winter and summer squash.
Not to mention the "I don't have time to cook" excuse that is perpetuated. People have time, they just don't prioritize it. They also don't know what foods to cook when they are time crunched.
Classes today teach teens to make treats, not foods that nourish their bodies. I realize it's going to take a massive change in thinking by the USDA and FCS educators to get out the sugar and damaged fats, but it's still sad to see these foods being used so readily in schools. If I ran an FCS class here's what I would teach kids to make:
Roasted chicken thighs and roasted vegetables
Seared Pork Chops
Homemade Ranch Dressing to go with fresh sliced vegetables
Sauteed Pears with chopped pecans and real whipped cream
|salmon salad with crunchy veggies instead of crackers|
|sauteed pears with pecans and whipped cream|
In conclusion... If you have kids and want them to eat real foods, YOU have to be the one teaching them the skills they need.