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Vegan College Cafeteria Options 
5th-Oct-2009 10:42 pm
So, the college that I go to is not very vegetarian or vegan friendly, as is the case with some places. I'm a senior, and have been cooking my own food for the last 2 years, but the situation is still a problem for the other veg*ns on campus. I'm a part of our Animal Rights Club and we've been talking to the cafeteria managers for what seems like forever, and we finally have a new cook who is very willing to work with us. She has asked us for lists and recipes of possible vegan meals that could be made for the cafeteria. I thought of some ideas, which I've listed below, but I thought I'd reach out to you all too!

- vegetarian chili
- any vegetarian soups or stews (minestrone, etc)
- burritos/fajitas w/ beans (pinto/black or refried), mexican rice, veggies, etc.
- grilled portobello mushroom sandwiches w/ toppings
- veg. sloppy joes (using either lentils or soy crumbles, there are lots of recipes for this)
- pasta primavera
- veg. shepard's pie (using either lentils or soy crumbles, again, lots of recipes)
- hummus and veggies in a pita (hummus all the time at the sandwich line?)
- veggie lo mein or veggie fried rice
- asian stir fry w/ tofu and veggies

So, everyone, whether you go to a great vegan friendly campus or just have ideas, please offer them to me!
6th-Oct-2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Two things I've been making lately in the large batches (multiple days of delicious leftovers) are Pumpkin Stuffed Ricotta Shells and Lentil Soup (with rice/spinach/potatoes)

Cafeterias are usually "open a Can" based. I'm a little unsure as to what recipes they'd bother to put the effort into
7th-Oct-2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think they're looking for easy basic ideas and recipes. Lentil soup sounds yummy though.
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7th-Oct-2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
We're trying to do that slant, since it makes things less complicated. The butter replacement thing is a good thing to push for, as I'm not sure what they use now.
6th-Oct-2009 04:35 am (UTC)
mmmmm all those things sound yummy!
I just made a vegan black bean southwest soup yesterday.... just veg broth, bell peppers, black beans, celery and onion. Stir fried in seasonings and then added the broth.

and tonight I made shells with mushroom alfredo using potato as a thickener for the sauce.
6th-Oct-2009 05:10 am (UTC)
pasta with marinara is an easy one.

boca burgers, the vegan grillers kind. damn, those are delicious.
7th-Oct-2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Luckily we already always have pasta and marinara sauce, as well as veggie burgers.
6th-Oct-2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I wasn't lucky enough to go to a veg-friendly school but I do know Hampshire College in Amherst, MA has a reputation of being very veg-friendly. Maybe you could contact their food services manager and see how they run their program?
6th-Oct-2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Polenta! Wee!
6th-Oct-2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
About the cheapest and easiest thing to make is simply a big pot of beans from dried ones. It takes a few hours, but it's easy and great for feeding a lot of people. All I add to pinto beans are onions and salt. I have a pot on right now. Last night we had black beans and rice; you know, with peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, salt, and pepper.

I personally feel like beans are greatly under-appreciated by society at large.

6th-Oct-2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Just getting the caf to stock soy milk would be a huge boost, as would having soy burgers on request
Ask that ingredients are posted too!
7th-Oct-2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
We have soy milk and veggie burgers every day, now, which wasn't always the case. We're pushing for ingredients though!
6th-Oct-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I have no ideas, but wanted to congratualte you on achieving this! Go you, making the world a better place!
7th-Oct-2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm not the one in charge, that girl is the real hero here, but I want to help out, since it's so important!
6th-Oct-2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Check out the Vegan Society's Catering and Cookery page.

It might need to be adjusted for Americans, but it is an excellent start.
7th-Oct-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that gave me some ideas.
6th-Oct-2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
the college i went to (bridgewater state college in massachusetts) had hummus, tabouli, tofu, and pitas at the salad bar every day. they always offered pasta with marinara sauce. sometimes they had vegetarian black bean or minestrone soup. they had a whole vegetarian area, which served something different every day, but it wasn't always vegan. for breakfast they had oatmeal, granola, and a couple of cereals that were vegan, but a few with honey or marshmallows in em. they didn't have soymilk readily available, but you can easily bring your own into the dining hall. you could suggest those things as staples and also maybe..
falafel wraps? burritos? samosas? things even omnis would be familiar with/interested in?
7th-Oct-2009 07:08 am (UTC)
omg ... too ... much ... cuteness!
7th-Oct-2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to make the vegan things omni-friendly and normal, like the ethnic dishes you mentioned. Also, I'm trying to get them to have hummus everyday, since that'd be so so easy. They have tofu now, but often it's just raw tofu...which is eh. You're lucky you had a vegetarian area at least!
7th-Oct-2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
My college was very vegetarian and vegan friendly. Some ideas for things that aren't yet listed but might work: soymilk available (we had a cereal bar), veggies curries, always have rice around, and peanut butter and jelly if all else fails. A lot of the food at my college wasn't very good, but at least I always knew there would be options.
7th-Oct-2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
We have soy milk (thank god) and there are always rice and beans around. As well as pb & j ingredients. Veggie curries are a good idea though!
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