CPS students compete to create healthy school lunch — on $1.40 budget

Nine teams of Chicago Public Schools students have been trying to come up with a new lunch that their classmates will like — but it can’t cost more than $1.40 to make.

In its 11th year, the Chicago-created Cooking Up Change competition, part of the Healthy Schools Campaign, challenges city high school students to create delicious school lunches within strict health requirements and price limits.

At that price, students also must to come up with a meal that has between 550 and 650 calories and relies only on fruits, vegetables, and spices for flavor — no salt or sugar. Students also are expected to use only ingredients and equipment commonly available for school food services.

A team of six from Juarez High School settled on chicken parmesan with an apple crisp dessert.

Senior Bernardo Chavez said they had planned to serve a veggie taco. But the team of Latino students decided to challenge themselves by exploring Italian…

Original published: 2017-11-14 13:27:24 Read the full Chicago News here

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