Dining Hall Dish
Observer Scene | Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We’re back and the doors to the dining hall are flung open once again, so it’s time to get back to work finding good things to eat. Hopefully a week off has put a shine back on the offerings of North and South, but if not here are some ideas to keep you going, so dig in!
This week’s recipes:
Pitas with Garbanzo Beans and Spinach
There is something about pitas that just makes them fun, so stuff away! Spinach has gotten a bad name, probably because it is often served over-cooked, but don’t give in to the association. It has a great flavor and is a good shake up from the usual lettuce. Garbanzo beans (the stars of many Middle Eastern foods such as hummus and falafels) with their nutty flavor are a good source of protein.
Fill a bowl with spinach, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, feta cheese (Not a feta fan? Try blue cheese, or even sprinkle on a bunch of the parmesan from the pizza area.) and red onion.
Mix a dab of Dijon mustard into red wine vinegar and pour over the contents of the bowl. You can squeeze some lemon on top as well, if that is to your taste. (Too much work? You can actually just toss a dab of Dijon mustard on the top, pour over the vinegar and mix it later.)
If you want a hot pita, stop by the microwave and zap it for about 1 minute. If you’re in more of a crunchy and fresh mood, just leave it as is.
Make sure everything is well mixed and cut into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle with pepper.
Stuff the mixture into the pitas.
Black Bean and Bacon Salad
Lettuce is hardly a requirement for a salad. This one is based around black beans, a bunch of other yummy vegetables and of course, bacon. There isn’t much that beats bacon, is there?
Fill a bowl with black beans, shredded carrot (or dice up a couple of carrot sticks), diced tomatoes, red onion and corn.
Add a little red wine vinegar, but not too much, you don’t want to overwhelm this one.
Pick up a couple slices of bacon from the sandwich area (or hot from the breakfast area if it is early enough in the day). Shred and mix into the other ingredients.
Warm up the bowl in the microwave for about a minute. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can try adding in some ranch dressing for another taste.
Have a favorite sandwich you always make? Try transferring the same ingredients to a wrap, a pita, or even just some of the nicer breads you have to slice yourself. It will make a tried and true dish a little more special. Don’t forget the pickle!
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