Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Menu Evaluation

Hiking Trip Menu Evaluation

Food eaten throughout the trip:

Chicken stir fry
  • Pre cooked chicken
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Thai sauce

Scrambled eggs
  • Cartoned eggs with veggies and cheese pre mixed

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Marinara sauce
  • Ciabatta bread

  • Pre mixed pancake mix

  • Oranges
  • Cliff bats
  • Apples
  • Bread
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mixes with yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Dehydrated mangoes

I’m not sure I can say that our meals included something from all the food groups however we did try our best to make them healthy. Everything we ate was absolutely delicious and we made sure we had something different every day. To answer the question on if we had any hot meals, the answer is yes!!! I guess you could say that every meal we had was a hot meal. The only thing that didn’t involve heat were the snacks that we had packed.

The reality matched our menu plan somewhat. We were originally planning on making scrambled eggs for our first breakfast however with the way the pan was and the consistency of its cooking, the eggs became easier to just scramble. Also, when it came to making the pasta, we ended up combining ours with the other 2 groups because they were also making spaghetti that evening. We didn’t boil water for ourselves like we originally planned to. Other than that, things went pretty much according to plan.

The meals were actually very easy to make and didn’t take much time at all. I think they ended up all being quicker than expected. Because the chicken for our stir fry was already cooked, we just had to heat it up and warm the veggies so they softened. Pancakes took no time at all to cook. They actually burned very fast if we didn’t keep our eyes on them. The pasta was a group effort so it was very easy and involved little effort.

Looking at the portions, we managed to make the right amount every time. For the eggs, we all got 2 bowls and if someone couldn’t finish theirs, there was someone else who wanted more. We made 2 batches of stir fry so we all had plenty and since we are all girls that eat an insane amount, there were never any leftovers.

For the most part my group worked very well together. There were a few issues with people avoiding some of the cleanup and responsibilities however when things were really needed, they always got done. We took turns cleaning the dishes to try and be faire. We split the food up so we all had a job to cook something. We all equally helped when it came to packing everything up and making sure all the food had a place to go. We tried to get everything done as quick as possible so it would be out of the way and it wouldn’t be a worry. I think I worked well in my group. I did my part and tried to help along with others. With the way we all worked, most things went along very smoothly.  

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