Published: Jan. 23, 2020

As you visit the dining centers day in and day out, you may start to get tired of all the same food choices available. While our dining facilities do a great job keeping menus fresh and new, we know it can still be difficult to keep your meals exciting. These fun meal ideas will liven up your next lunch.

Meal plans, Munch Money and Campus Cash

All three dining centers on campus (the C4C Dining Center, Sewall Dining Center and Village Dining Center) accept meal plans, Munch Money and Campus Cash. The C4C and Village Dining Centers also accept credit/debit cards.

Students living in the residence halls have a meal plan, providing 15 or 19 meals per week plus a balance of Munch Money. Students living in Graduate & Family Housing, Bear Creek Apartments or living off campus can purchase a Block Meal Plan at any time during the fall or spring. Campus Cash can be added to your Buff OneCard online or at the Buff OneCard office.

Freshly cooked grilled cheese

Make your own grilled cheese in the C4C by grabbing all the necessary ingredients from the deli station. Assemble the grilled cheese sandwich and finish it off by cooking it in the panini press.

Build your own cobb salad

All of our major dining centers utilize the salad bar as a nutritious option. The salad bar has all the ingredients you need to make a delicious cobb salad—lettuce, tomato, deli meat, hard-boiled eggs and avocados. Top your salad off with bacon bits! 

Bacon on everything!

Speaking of bacon: If you're in the C4C, put bacon bits from Smoke n’ Grill on foods like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and soup to add a bit of pizzazz to your next meal.

Hot wings

Who doesn’t love a hot wing? We suggest creating your own! Grab wings from the Persian station in C4C, then add hot sauce from the Grill. 

C4C chickpea salad sandwich (vegan alternative to chicken salad)

Mash up chickpeas in a bowl, mix with vegan mayo (all the mayo served in the dining center is vegan), add dill from spice bar, add grapes or Craisins from the salad bar, almond slices from the Asian station, Dijon mustard and finally some thyme from the spice station.

Spicy hummus

Hummus with any veggie is perfect for any meal; spice it up by squirting about 2 teaspoons of hot sauce from the Grill into a cup of hummus and mixing it up. Pair it with carrots, sliced cucumbers or celery from the salad bar for a healthy snack, or use it as a spread on your favorite sandwich.