They moved the spinach…and other small victories

Three weeks ago, I made a kind suggestion at work that the cafeteria reorganize its salad bar to promote consistent traffic flow for all patrons. Previously, the “bad lettuce” (as I like to call it) was on the right side of the salad bar, and the “good lettuce” (i.e. the spinach, which isn’t a lettuce) was on the left side of the salad bar. Because most salad eaters use lettucy items as the foundation for their salad rather than as a topping, this layout yielded two opposing lines of traffic, which in turn yielded many awkward confrontations where the two lines collided.

Well, no more. As of yesterday, 9/14/11, the spinach and the lettuce united, offering a happier lunch experience for everyone. Except that the big salad plates are still on the opposite side from the lettuce, but I haven’t picked that fight yet. It’s just nice to know that someone is listening.

In other news, we’ve been looking for veggieful entree recipes so that we can better follow the MyPlate guidelines. We’re not very good at this, though. However, we made this butternut squash pasta recipe earlier this week, and it’s certainly worth making again! I don’t know if you need to use all the butter…and mozzarella cheese worked well.

If you have a favorite veggie-centric (not vegetarian) recipe, do share!

Finally (because I think that “other small victories” implies at least two additional victories), I resisted cake yesterday. Because I’d eaten a breakfast taco, but nonetheless, I did it.

The end.

About Sarah

10 years ago, I was a computer science student. 5 years ago, I taught kindergarten. 2 years ago, I trained teachers. Now, I'm a technical writer. I have thoughts about most of these things, but most likely I'll just write about neuroses and why I love Mr. Gatti's pizza. Which might be a neurosis.
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4 Responses to They moved the spinach…and other small victories

  1. Laura M. says:

    Hooray! Small victories are important!!

  2. Ryan says:

    Way to fight the power!

  3. Greg says:

    Congrats! It’s good to be able to make things better, even if in a small way :-)

  4. Kirstin says:

    Veggie-centric is a goal that I have as well. Have you made ratatouille? It’s so good and vegetarian, but when I make it I cook it in chicken stock if I do it in the crockpot. It goes well on pasta or on top of chicken or fish, or just on its own as a side. Other ideas – white bean soup with tons of veggies in it, warm goat cheese salad with apple slices (like the one they make at ruggles – yum!), and japanese curry over brown rice. (Have you had Japanese curry? It’s sweeter and thicker than Indian curry and we usually put sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onion, and carrots in it. The curry itself is pretty easy to find in grocery stores and is in a box and the curry itself is a hard block. I always add tons more veggies than the recipe on the box suggests but it turns out fine.)

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