Back to healthy basics for LAUSD

New school lunches will focus on healthy version of kid-approved fare.

Aug. 13—Breakfast in the classroom, more appetizing lunch choices, eco-friendly meal trays and higher cafeteria prices will greet Los Angeles Unified students when they return to school on Tuesday.

After last year's experiment with exotic vegetarian fare, LAUSD has revamped its lunch menu with healthful dishes that officials hope will also appeal to the kids' palates. Instead of unexpected dishes such as hummus and chick-pea stew, cafeterias will be serving up pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburger sliders, whole-grain spaghetti and meatballs and the like. 

The new entrees were introduced over the summer at LAUSD's three year-round schools and are set to debut districtwide on Tuesday. That's also the first day for the expanded Breakfast in the Classroom, which ensures that kids get that most important meal of the day.