Mushrooms are making their way onto school menus across the country. Mushroom Council Representative Bart Minor shares how mushroom swapability is being introduced to students.
The Mushroom Council recently had the opportunity to showcase swapability to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in hopes of introducing mushrooms to student’s lunch trays across the county. Members from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Food Nutrition Service (FNS) sampled mushroom meatballs, turkey mushroom burgers, turkey mushroom spaghetti, mushroom meat tacos and mushroom meatloaf. From first to last bite, the response was phenomenal.
You might think introducing students to mushrooms is a hard sell, but applying the swapability method to kid-favorite foods like spaghetti and tacos allows traditional meals to maintain a familiar texture and taste while adding nutrition and encouraging increased vegetable consumption. Chopped mushrooms look similar and blend seamlessly with meat, so student meals can be made healthier without sacrificing the food they love to eat.
Do you think your kids would eat swapability meals at school?