The team has it down to a science and can prepare 100 meals from scratch in about 45 minutes. The last truck usually leaves the Pinecrest parking lot no later than 10:30 a.m.
“Being professionals, it’s a little difficult to prepare a balanced meal on a daily basis for our child,” said Alan Goldstein who opted into the program for his son, Alan, 5, who attends Children’s Resources Preschool and Elementary in Kendall. “We decided to try them out and they have so many different offerings. He loved it since the first day he ate it.”
Young Alan’s favorite? “The hot dogs,” dad laughs. “But we try and mix it up as much as we can and try to include healthy stuff so we cut down on juices.”
For parents whose children have lactose intolerance or a peanut allergy, options abound. Healthy choices include turkey on whole wheat bread, grilled chicken breast, fresh fruit, sliced apples with yogurt. No chips or sodas.
“I would like kids to start knowing what food is all about,” Rosado said. “I’d like my son to know how to make broccoli and cauliflower taste good.”
There’s even sushi, for the adventurous palette. The teachers enjoy those, Brett Werner said.
“That’s a conscious decision,” said Shelly Werner. “Many items are very healthy, but we have to have some that children will eat,” hence the pizza, hamburgers and chicken tenders — although these, too, can be gussied up by serving them over brown rice and corn which is an option. “There’s enough variety, it’s in the hands of the parent and child.”
Just forget the sushi for Olson’s daughters. “My kids won’t eat it,” Olson laughed. But the 4-year-old surprised mom with her selection.
“My 4-year-old had a salad. She eats it at school. But she won’t eat it at home!”