Each year, Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hosts a taste-testing event for elementary and middle school students, who rate new dishes on a tablet, providing instant feedback. Dishes that prove popular with students are considered for the next year’s menu. Here’s a peek at some items that won over students and will be available in the cafeteria this fall.
Vegan chik’n nugget salad
A kid-friendly classic gets transformed in this new dish, which Zoe Crego, food and nutrition assistant program manager for the district, hopes will add some more excitement to the district’s plant-based offerings.
“We do get quite a few requests for vegetarian and vegan options that go beyond just beans and rice,” she says. “So we've been continually looking for options to provide more variety.”