Meals

Hungry team members are cranky. Well-fed team members can think big and change the world! When team members come from school to robotics, and meet over the dinner hour, we are committed to providing dinner – and safe food for all. We ask parents to help us meet this goal. You bring two meals a year, and your student is fed for all of the rest of those dinners.

Bringing two meals for the whole team with safe food for all can be complicated and a lot of work. It can be expensive – or relatively cheap. It can also be a great way to come interact with team, and to share favorite foods from your family.

Details:

  • Dinner is at 6 pm (please try to arrive at 5:45 pm to set up)
  • Check the signup – you will be working with a Mentor Meal Wizard – a mentor who contact you beforehand, greet you and make sure things are set up. Toby is also always available for consults.
  • Team dishes, cups, pitcher, serving utensils, rice cooker, slow cookers, etc. can be used if you are willing to take them home to wash. We have more than a week’s supply of most items. From an environmental standpoint, we encourage this.
    The team also has a large supply of paper plates a parent brought that you can use.
    Consider using metal forks/spoons/knives and taking just those home to wash.
  • Meals are set up as a buffet so participants can customize their own plate from the offerings.
  • Team members are encouraged to bring their own water bottles – pitchers of water and cups are also set out. You do not need to bring drinks.
  • Meals are served near the gym. Team member can either eat silently and separated in the gym, or outside.
  • Signup Genius: Signup for Meals

Current Special Food Needs

Having special food needs is hard enough – on our team, we work hard to include everyone, and that means providing safe food for each person. People are listed specifically to make it easier to customize:

  • Vegan/Vegetarian (5 servings)
    • Vegetarians: Chris, Joseph (vegetarian but can eat meat), Michael (mostly vegetarian), Campbell
    • Vegan: Phoebe (strict vegan. may contain dairy is OK (because that’s usually very trace amounts), but should not actually contain any)
  • Gluten-Free (1 serving)
    • Nicholas (Gluten sensitive, not celiac)
  • No peanuts/tree-nuts (1 serving)
    • Liam can have food that may contain nuts or was cooked in nut oil, but no larger quantities of peanuts.
  • Lactose intolerant (2 serving)
    • Quinn (don’t know yet if Quinn can have foods that may contain dairy)
    • Kate is also lactose intolerant
  • No Peppers (1 serving)
    • Kelli can only eat peppers in very limited quantities. Fresh, dried, sweet, hot – it’s better if there is food without any peppers.
  • No Tumeric (1 serving)
    • Chuck can’t eat tumeric.
  • Carb Counting (1 serving)
    • Rasmus and Toby will be counting the carbs in Rasmus’ meal so he can inject the proper amount of insulin. If you have packaging for buns or beans or cookies – it’s helpful if you bring it, but we’re good at guesstimating.
  • No Coconut Milk (1 serving)
    • Miles can’t eat meals that are heavy on coconut milk. Small amounts are not a problem.

Meal Suggestions

We’re keeping things simple this year. Here are some meals that have worked well.

Vegan Tacos

This meal is inexpensive and almost everyone can eat the same things.

  • Corn chips – 2 oz per person
  • Vegan taco crumbles (1/4 cup dried TVP from co-op reconstituted with 1/4 cup hot water and taco seasonings, fried with onion per person). [For 18 people, I purchased 1 pound/4.5 cups of TVP at a cost of $4.50.]
  • Bean/corn/avocado salad (1/4 cup black beans, 1/4 cup corn, plus some tomato, onion, avocado and lime juice per serving). For 18 servings, I cooked 1 cup dry black beans ($1.25) in the instant pot, plus frozen corn, tomatoes from the garden, 2 avocados and lime juice.
  • Grated cheese – 1 oz per person
  • Sour cream – 1/3 oz per person
  • Salsa – <1 jar total
  • Lettuce
  • Cookies – 2-3 each (check ingredients – vegan preferred)
  • Fruit – 1-2 oz per person of grapes

Gluten-free: All GF except dessert. Make sure there’s a GF cookie or a fruit option.
Vegetarian/vegan: All vegan except dessert. Make sure there’s a vegan cookie or a fruit option.
No peanut/tree nuts: Check the cookies.
Lactose intolerant: Cheese and sour cream are optional – the meal is complete without. Check dessert.
Carb counting: Rasmus will count the carbs in a serving of bean salad and chips.

Hot Dogs/UpDogs

This meal is kind of boring, but pretty easy. The hot dogs were cooked at home in a slow cooker, then brought and plugged in again until dinner. The updogs were cooked in a separate slow cooker.

  • 2 simple hot dogs per meat eater [24 bun length hot dogs at Aldi for $3]
  • 1-2 hot dog alternatives (Target has several choices. Aldi sometimes has vegan dogs but not in September, 2021]
  • 2 hot dog buns per person
  • 1 serving of gluten-free bread (Toby can provide if requested in advance)
  • Ketchup (Toby can provide condiments if requested in advance)
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Carrots/celery or other vegetable
  • Chips
  • Cookies: 2-3 each (check ingredients – vegan preferred)
  • Gluten-free cookies: 1 serving

Gluten-free: Provide one serving of GF bread/bun. Make sure there’s a GF cookie or a fruit option.
Vegetarian/vegan: Check the buns – some have dairy. The simple inexpensive ones are most likely to be OK. Make sure there’s a vegan cookie or a fruit option.
No peanut/tree nuts: Check the cookies.
Lactose intolerant: Simple buns are usually OK – check ingredients. Check cookies.
Carb Counting: Rasmus will count the carbs in the bus, chips, and cookies.

Baked Potatoes

A whole oven full of potatoes will take longer to cook that you expect. Once hot, transfer them to a cooler and they’ll stay hot several hours.

  • 1 medium/6 oz potato per person
  • Toppings:
    • Diced ham: 2 oz per meat eater
    • Meal alternative like fake bacon bits or TVP crumbles
    • Cheese – 1 oz per person
    • Sour cream – 1/2 oz per person
    • Butter (and vegan butter)
    • Salt
    • Broccali
    • Sauteed mushrooms
    • Other things!
  • Cookies/fruit

Gluten-free: Make sure there’s a GF cookie or a fruit option.
Vegetarian/vegan: Make sure the vegan toppings are sufficient, and consider bringing a serving (Toby can provide) of vegan butter. Make sure there’s a vegan cookie or a fruit option.
No peanut/tree nuts: Check the cookies.
Lactose intolerant: Cheese, butter, and sour cream are optional – the meal is complete without. Check dessert.
Carb Counting: Rasmus will calculate carbs in the potato and cookies.

Spaghetti

Vegan Chili

Updated 2/7/2022