By Emma Slattery, Student Nutritionist
The Sprouts station has been a savior for North Campus vegans. Offering vegan chicken nuggets, fried tofu, stir fry, rice and beans, and veggie sandwiches it has been a dining hall staple for many residents- even those who aren't vegan. And with the new Anytime Dining, Sprouts popped up on South campus right next to the stir fry station. But another change is here. And this change is from the Sprouts we used to know to a new Roma Vegan Salad and Panini.
Fancy sounding, I know, but what does this mean?? What is this?? It's a vegan heaven for building panini's and warm salad bowls. The overall idea is a build your meal line with a line of options for your salad or sandwich that you can pile on as your heart desires. But to go a little more in detail...
You start with a choice of bread and get excited because the choice is extensive and includes 4 different types of bread and then another 4 different types of tortillas. Starting off strong. Then you can add greens. If you don't mind a little spinach in a sandwich then throw some down. Next is the best part which is a solid selection of vegan protein. From tofu, edamame, sunflower and porcini cutlets, to your beans: black, red, and even sprouts. Top it off with some vegan cheese and more vegetables than you can fit in a sandwich. Then you can watch the worker slide that baby right into the press and give you a toasty, warm vegan sandwich of your dreams.
You start off with a choice of greens: spinach, kale, mixed greens, or any combo of the three. Then you can add grains like quinoa and barley because any pro-salad maker knows that warm grains go great with salad. Then comes your beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, roasted corn, tofu, roasted green beans- your necessities to bring a salad up to the standard of ~autumn~ aesthetic. Finally top off the bowl with either a balsamic vinaigrette, raspberry vinaigrette, or Asian sesame dressing.
The new station is a great way to incorporate vegetables, grains, and proteins into your diet as a vegan, or as a meat eater. With lots of different options and combinations students can test and try to find their favorite salad or panini. There is a little more of a wait involved since it is build-your-own instead of ready-to-go, but with the choices and options available it is more than worth the wait.
Terps With Taste is run by the Student Nutritionist Team with University of Maryland Dining Services. We write content for students, by students. Enjoy!