Inventive students spice up meal times

For the third night in a row, it’s a Sodexo cheeseburger for dinner. The burgers never quite satisfy a hardworking student’s hunger, but nothing else looks appetizing when it’s been served so often. Suddenly, another student walks by with a plate of what looks like a gravy mountain. It appears tastier and much more filling than the cheeseburger.

The gravy-drenched “Loco Moco” is one of the off-menu items available to students.

“On the grill, we’re pretty open to requests,” said dining hall meal server Aaron Cross.

The dining hall operates us­ing a cyclical menu, serving the same meals every two to three weeks. This schedule can make meals repetitive for those who take advantage of only a few sta­tions.

“Most people get into a routine and go to the same stations every day,” Cross said. “They come in and head to the first ones they see right in front of them.”

Try these student recom­mendations to inspire your own mouthwatering creations.

Loco Moco

Ingredients: Rice, two beef patties, an over easy egg and gravy.

Directions: Request from the grill and wait for this popular and filling Hawaiin food.

Gravy Grenade

Ingredients: One large dinner roll and soup or gravy.

Directions: Take a dinner roll from one of the meal stations and pull bread from the middle to make it hollow. Fill the new bowl with soup or ask for gravy from the classics station when carved turkey or pork loin is served.

Breakfast sandwich

Ingredients: Bagel or English muffin, eggs and flat sausage.

Directions: Toast a bagel or English muffin. Add eggs and sausage as desired from the breakfast bar. Optional cheese can be requested from the om­elet bar or chili during Sunday brunch.

Make-your-own panini

Ingredients: Your choice of bread and sandwich fillings.

Directions: Order a sand­wich from the deli bar, choosing any combination of meat and cheese. Swiss cheese and hum­mus makes a delicious vegetar­ian panini. Press sandwich into the panini maker and wait until the bread is toasted and cheese melts.

Monkey Bread

Ingredients: Bread, butter, cin­namon and banana.

Directions: Toast a slice of bread. Spread butter over toast and add cinnamon sugar. Cut a banana into slices and cover toast’s buttered surface. Drizzle honey if desired.

Arroz con Leche

Ingredients: White rice, milk and cinnamon.

Directions: Fill a cup with rice. Add milk for desired consisten­cy. Sprinkle cinnamon on top for this creamy Latin American dessert.

Perfect pairs

Peanut butter and vanilla frozen yogurt.

Orange soda and vanilla fro­zen yogurt.

Peaches and oatmeal.

Apple and caramel sauce.

Breadsticks and salad bar olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Story by Emily Roth

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