About every Tuesday or Thursday, the nutrition interns put together a station in the cafeteria with different foods to try. It’s a great break from the typical foods that are offered in the cafeteria. Being that the nutrition interns are setting it up, it usually is a recipe that is altered in someway so that is it still something delicious but a healthier alternative to the original recipe, making it more nutritious. Thus far, I have loved all the various stations that have been offered. I’ve lucked out and have been able to try something from almost every one of these events despite being gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. Here’s a couple of different foods that have been available during these times that I have particularly liked.
1.) Make-your-own-Quesadilla- This one would probably have to be my favorite so far. I was able to get gluten free tortillas form the gluten free sections in the cafeteria and from there I added what I would like to a bowl provided form the station. There was various chopped up vegetables to choose from-carrots, cucumbers. tomatoes, onions, different salsas, and so much more! Then you took it over to our awesome cafeteria staff that were at the stoves and fill out your card for what kind of meat you’d like (chicken or beef were the options) and what kind of cheese you’d like (cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, or pepper jack cheese were the options). Of course, you didn’t have to get any of these options if you have allergies or didn’t prefer them. I am not kidding when I say it was the best quesadilla I’ve ever had. I didn’t know one person who said they didn’t love it!
2.) Chili Day- As the name implies, chili was the theme. There was 3 to 4 different chili’s offered.I went with a traditional looking chili because it was gluten free, but there was some sort of a turkey chili and veggie chili with beans. They all looked delicious, and the one I ate definitely was. Other bowls at the chili table held condiments you could add to your chili such as sour cream, chives, and cheese. Chips were also available. It was a very warm, hearty meal that was perfect for fall!
3.) Chips and Dips– On this day, they set out chips and crackers with various kinds of dips and salsa. There was pico de gallo, original hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, olive dip, artichoke dip, and so much more. I tried a good majority of the dips and they were all were very satisfying and unique.
4.) Apple Day– Okay, I take back what I said about quesadilla day. Apple day was definitely my favorite, although quesadillas are a close 2nd. There were two tables set up with tipped baskets that spilled out apples. Each basket had a different kind of apple. There were so many kinds-Gala, Pink Lady (my favorite), Red delicious, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and so, so much more! The intern sliced your apples for you and than you could choose from the many dips that were offered to try with your apple slices. There was peanut butter, almond butter, nutella, a peanut butter cream cheese dip, and a Greek yogurt pumpkin dip. And if a fresh apple didn’t meet your craving for a sweet, delicious fall treat, there was also warm apple cider and various apple baked goods available.
If you’re ever in the cafeteria and you see one of the intern events going on, give it a try! Even if it looks like something you wouldn’t like, you might be surprised to find that you do.