What's for Lunch - Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Burrito Bowl Brown Rice, Black Beans & Southwest -Style Chicken
in a Taco Tub Salsa & Romaine & Cheese (Entree #1)
Monterey Jack Quesadilla (Entree#2)
Fresh Fruit at the Salad Bar
The brown rice is a whole grain but rice has been found to contain significant amounts of arsenic - so don't eat it every day and make sure you rinse it thoroughly multiple times and boil in extra water like you would pasta/ (Unfortunately, our cafeteria cannot take these extra steps.)
The black beans are canned and the ingredients are "BLACK BEANS, WATER, SALT, AND CALCIUM CHLORIDE" with 140mg of sodium. Cans do contain BPA.
The southwest-style chicken is a processed USDA commodity food from Tyson and described as "fully cooked boneless skinless chicken dark meat chicken fajita strips -smoke flavor added." Here are the ingredients: "Chicken dark meat, water, seasoning [salt, spices, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, sugar, chili powder (chili pepper, cumin, oregano, salt, garlic powder), lemon juice powder (corn syrup solids, lemon juice, lemon oil), modified corn starch, natural mesquite smoke flavor (maltodextrin, natural smoke flavor), natural flavor (from partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil)], modified food starch and sodium phosphates." The "partially hydrogenated" oil is a source of trans fat. Chicken has 7g of fat (2 of which are saturated) and 490 mg of sodium. Read more about farm animals raised by industrial giants like Tyson, antibiotics and hormones. I would skip the chicken.
The bowl comes from Smokewood Foods. The ingredients are described just as "enriched masa flour" and they look like a big rectangular corn chip. They have 5g of fat and no sodium.
Cheese is Monterrey Jack.