cafeteria food--any suggestions that aren't salad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I have recently started a new job at which we get $100 per month on a prepaid card to spend in the caferteria for lunch. One week in, and I'm already sick of the salad bar. Does anybody have any creative options that would be available in a standard hospital cafeteria? I know I could bring my lunch, but it seems silly to waste the money.

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on July 28, 2012
at 12:16 PM

Bring your own chicken/beef/ect to throw into the salad! Don't waste the money, just accessorize the good part of your lunch with it!!



on July 28, 2012
at 01:33 PM

If you relax your paleo rules a bit, I'm sure much of the standard fare would probably fit in. All depends on your personal sensitivities. Dairy, wheat, soy, etc... Make paleo work for you, don't make paleo dictate your life.


on July 28, 2012
at 05:29 PM

it depends highly on the options available. If this is the type of cafeteria that does any cooking- you should be able to get eggs (if you do cheese, a cheese omelette is always good)- or something like meat-n-veggies (beef and broccoli is a common one)

Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer cafeterias that cook. If they have a sandwich "shop" where you can at least order a sandwich, you can have the sandwich ingredients placed on a bed of lettuce.

Spicing up the salad is a good option. that depends in large part on what is at the salad bar. I have made "salads" with hard boiled egg and random salad lunch meat as the salad and then some add ons

If you have different greens, mix up what you get from time to time- an all spinach and bacon salad one day with just a bit of mustard and mayo mixed for a dressing- a "cobb" salad the next day, and so on. Rather than piling on everything, select for changes in general taste and to enhance to different elements


on July 28, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Hopefully the salad bar has some good meat options. That way you could skip the greens occasionally to mix it up. Bring some paleo friendly sauce/oil/salsa from home and dump it on a decent amount of meat from the salad bar. I have done this with boiled eggs and ham from a salad bar with medium-hot salsa or green sauce. Even some garlic roasted olive oil would work. Find a sauce or oil you like and run with it. It's pretty damn yummy.

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