USA School Lunch - Cheetos with Cheese

Country: USA

Contents: Flaming Hot Cheetos with cheese sauce.

Notes: He reported that his school cafeteria sells them—not in the lunch line, but in one of the “competitive foods” lines. He said they appeal to students whose lunch period is too short to wait on a long lunch line. I think I just threw up in my mouth.

Japan School Lunch - Rice and Soup

Country: Japan

Contents: Soup, rice (with sorted delcious bits), vegetables and milk.

Source: ?

Notes: Anyone able to identify everything? Man that is healthy, and I bet it is dirt cheap as well.

USA School Lunch - Meatballs and Rice

Country: USA

Contents: Meatballs, mixed vegetables and rice.

Source: ?

Notes: Actually not all that bad, compared to a lot of lunches out there. What do you suppose that boy is saying about the meatball? "I didn't know horse meat came in meatball form?"

Japan School Lunch - Rice and Fish

Country: Japan

Contents: Rice, soup, fish, milk, ?

Source: ?

Notes: Not sure what is next to the rice. Any thoughts?

USA School Lunch - Nachos and French Fries

Country: USA

Contents: Nachos, French fries, ketchup, chocolate milk, peaches.

Source: ?

Notes: Seriously? Nachos and French fries? This is why kids are fat.

USA School Lunch - Fried Chicken and Fruit

Country: USA

Contents: Chicken, potatoes (?), fruit dip, and mixed fruit.

Source: Thanks Nicole!

Notes: Fruit dip: 1 jar marshmallow fluff, 1 container (any flavor) cream cheese, 1 container (any flavor) cool whip. My mom used to make something similar to that, it was delicious.

USA School Lunch - 1936

Country: USA

Contents: Soup, milk, sandwich and an apple.


Notes: Young girl prays before eating school lunch of soup, milk, and an apple. 1936. Part of U.S. Works Progress Administration Surplus Commodities: School Lunch Programs during the Great Depression.

USA School Lunch - Taquitos and Oreos

Country: USA (Stafford, VA)

Contents: 4 homemade chicken taquitos, oranges, bananas, chocolate sauce to dip the bananas in, and  Oreos.

Source: Thanks Nicole

Notes: To make the taquitos I use leftover rotisserie chicken, salsa, cumin, grated cheese. soften tortillas in a little hot oil, fill, roll and bake. Those look awesome, please mail me some.

USA School Lunch - Taco Salad and Fruit

Country: USA (Stafford, VA)

Contents: Mini chicken taquito, leftover meat from taco salad, salad and chips (for mini taco salad), orange & banana slices, mini marshmallows & chocolate chips,

Source: Thanks Nicole!

Notes: Looks a lot better than the lunch I brought today. What dressing do you prefer on taco salad? I've come to prefer French dressing.

Honduras School Lunch - Rice Porridge

Country: Honduras

Contents: Rice porridge

Notes: I don't know how else to describe what she is eating. Any thoughts?

USA School Lunch - Quiche

Country: USA (Homemade)

Contents: Quiche (cheese, onions, and tomatoes) dried fruit, a biscuit with jelly and butter, a black cherry Jello jiggler egg, and strawberry milk.

Source: Thanks Lea!

Notes: I love quiche, but my wife and I have to find a healthier recipe. It has a lot of cream in it, but man is it delicious.

USA School Lunch - Fish Nuggets and Pears

Country: USA (St. Louis, Missouri)

Contents: Fish nuggets, macaroni and cheese, pear slices, chocolate milk  

Notes: Better judgement aside, those fish nuggets actually look appealing.

USA School Lunch - Pizza and Fritos

Country: USA

Contents: Pizza, casserole?, fruit cup, celery with peanut butter and raisins (aka ants on a log), carrot slices, chocolate milk, ranch dressing, fruit rollup, rice crispy treat and Fritos.


Notes: Seems like a lot of food, mostly crap. Honestly, how many calories do we have here? Pizza does look like perhaps it was made on site, instead of shipped in, so that is a plus.

USA School Lunch - Homemade Lunchables

Country: USA (Homemade)

Contents: Triscuits, turkey pepperoni, cheese cubes, a Capri Sun flavored water, dried fruit, and some graham crackers dipped in chocolate.

Source: Thanks Lea!
Notes: Looks delicious and nutritious. My son doesn't like pepperoni, and it makes me sad. I hope it is because he is only 18 months, and he will learn to love them. I just can't justify buying plain cheese pizzas.

USA School Lunch - Pizza

Country: USA (Washington DC)

Contents: Pizza

Source: Thanks Bruske -

Notes: Here, according to one of those boxes, is what the pizzas are made of:

"Crust: Enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, defatted soy four, yeast, contains 2% or less of soybean oil, isolate soy protein, sugar, GDL (glucono-delta-lactone, DATEM, sodium bicarbonate, salt, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, dough conditioner (wheat starch, L-cysteine hydrochloride, ammonium sulfate);

"Topping: Low moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese (cultured pasteurized part-skim milk, salt, enzymes);

"Sauce: Tomatoes (water, tomato paste [not less than 28% soluble solids]), modified food starch, sugar, contains 2% or less of dextrose, salt, spices, onion, dehydrated romano cheese (sheep's and cow's milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), garlic powder, paprika, citric acid, beet powder."
Country: USA

Contents: Chicken sandwich w/ pickles, fries, orange slices and a cookie.

Source: A La Corey/Flickr

Notes: Looks pretty typical. I'm sure it tastes ok, and is filling, but that's about it.

USA School Lunch - Cookies and Sprite

Country: USA

Contents: A bag of Oreo cookies, a lollipop, a chocolate cupcake and a can of Sprite

Notes: You would think that most lunches brought from home would be more nutritious than the stuff served at schools, but that's not always the case. I hope this child packed their own lunch, because there is no excuse if a parent is responsible.