Dining Commons Recipes

December 4, 2018
Today's post comes from Environmental Intern Rhianna Haynie-Cion. Enjoy!
The dining commons at UCSB have such a wide variety of food options and flavors, ranging from daily fresh produce to specific food-themed events. Though it would be difficult to ever run out of options, some of the food artists among us like to get experimental and customize their meals, creating a culinary masterpiece out of simple dining commons ingredients. Here are a few different recipes for making your exact craving:
Turn the burrito station into a quesadilla paradise: Taking a tortilla from the burrito station, fill it with cheese, beans, and other veggies from the salad bar. Microwave it until the cheese becomes gooey. (Waters) 
Enhance your breakfast with a yogurt parfait: Combine plain yogurt in a cup with granola, sliced fruit, nuts, cereal, and honey for delicious and filling breakfast. (Arata). 
Get creative with the salad bar: This recipe can spice up the salad bar by taking lettuce leaves and topping with bean sprouts, carrots, cabbage, and a protein of your choice. In a separate bowl, combine equal parts soy sauce and peanut butter, with a dash of sriracha, and drizzle it onto the lettuce bed. Roll up the lettuce and voila, you have Asian lettuce wraps! (Buxton) 
Spice it up with your own BBQ sauce: Combine ketchup, hot sauce, soy sauce, one packet of sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Use this on any meat, if desired! (Arata)
Make awesome baked potatoes: Take a potato, cut it in half, and mash up the inside. Mix in cheese, scallions, sour cream, and any other desired veggies. Microwave for a minute, and enjoy! (Waters)
Once you try this banana boat, you’ll never eat a plain banana again: Use a knife to make a slit in the banana peel by cutting down the length of the banana. Open the slit, but do not remove the peel. Fill the banana with toppings of your choice, including coconut shavings, granola, nuts, or any of your favorites. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time for about three times, until the peel is dark and the toppings are slightly melted and enjoy! (Buxton)
Whether you’re craving something special, or just feeling experimental, give one of these recipes a shot! 

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