Our intrepid editors compete in a gloriously Instagrammable car-off
By Kate Delaney and Sofi Munoz
You can only make so many Sodexo jokes before it’s not funny anymore, and to be honest, the limit is around one or two. We’re not here to comment on the quality of caf food. Instead, we decided to compete against each other to create the best lunch, dinner, and dessert options.
Grilled Chicken Wrap (Kate): I don’t want to brag, but I’ve got sandwiches down to a science. Ask for a spinach wrap with grilled chicken, mozzarella, and real lettuce (NOT the sad shredded). Finish with pesto, balsamic vinaigrette, and hummus. Then, as if you weren’t healthy enough already (!!), get some vegetables (including my personal Jesus, green peppers) straight from the salad bar. You’re welcome.
Grilled Chicken Salad (Sofi): For my lunch entry, I started with two hearty spoonfuls of quinoa liberally sprinkled with red pepper olive oil. I then added steamed spinach, broccoli, and eggplant and topped it off with sliced chicken breast and melted pepper jack cheese, then washed down with lemon sweet tea. The varieties in textures make for a harmony of taste and add a complex note to this unique dish.
Steamed Vegetables and Quinoa (Kate): I almost feel like a cheat because of this one, but sometimes I worry people forget the vegan station exists. It’s definitely the easiest way to get a balanced meal, and I’m pretty sure that just thinking about quinoa automatically makes you a hipper, healthier person.
Also, if they don’t have the vegetables you want, just grab some from the salad bar.
Quesadilla (Sofi): Dinner consisted of a gluten free fiesta quesadilla stuffed with cheddar cheese, black beans, onions, peppers, and corn. To compliment the earthy flavors, I added guacamole and chipotle mayo to each tantalizing bite.
Ice Cream and Cookies (Kate): It’s nothing fancy, but it’s so satisfying. Just imagine: three types of any ice cream you want, and microwaved sugar cookies (because if there’s anything Sodexo does well, it’s the cookies). It’s the little things.
Ice Cream Sandwich (Sofi): Rounding out the meal, I placed a ball of French vanilla ice cream in between two gluten free chocolate chip cookies and rolled the circumference of the delectable sandwich in a bowl of jimmies, coating each bite in crunchy chocolate-y goodness.
So who won? We sought out some impartial judges, and here are their expert opinions.
“Sofi. I can’t remember anything you made.” – AJ Golio
“I really liked your green theme, but Sofi’s lettuce was a nice touch.” – Nicole Batkis
“Kate’s wrap made me go weak in the knees. I wish I could ingest gluten just so I could eat it” –Sofi
“I was ashamed of what I came up with after I saw Sofi’s ice cream sandwich.” – Kate Delaney
So you decide for yourself, but at the very least, just try to make your caf meals interesting. Also, quinoa.