Between the snow and meetings, I was around the office for lunch a bunch last week, and imagine my surprise when the "hot meal" selection (which is usually like, chicken wings or meat lasagna) was veggies and tofu. Wtf?! Tofu? For realz? I don't have a particularly emotional connection to tofu or anything, but to have it available was pretty exciting. The veggies were labeled "curried veggies" as well, so I didn't have high hopes for much beyond edible. But guess what? This was one tasty stir fry! And they even let me add in a heaping scoop of broccoli. Thanks, lunch lady (actually, lunch man).
I certainly felt much better post-lunch than I typically do after a cafeteria meal of grilled cheese and curly fries. I can never resist the dang curly fries when they are offered. Who can? (Don't even get me started on cheddar rounds, either.)
After the success of tofu day, imagine my insane surprise the next day when I discovered.... mac and cheesiology. Say what? (The little sign really said cheesiology.) They had a made-to-order mac and cheese bar, where they sauteed veggies (or meat, if you are so inclined) for you. As I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing, some co-workers approached and instantly joined in the ooh and ahh. (We were still talking about mac and cheese day today.) It is amazing the level of joy a little mac and cheese can bring to a room.
I kept mine light, with mostly veggies and less noodles and even less cheese. I bypassed the carrots (really? carrots?) and peas, opting for mushrooms and broccoli. From the noodle selection (yes, there were selections!), tri-colored rotini. A small scoop of cheese sauce. A small scoop of crumbled blue cheese.
This lunch may go down in cafeteria history. Like I said, we're all still talking about it. Thanks, blizzard, for stranding me at work for lunch last week!