Food in Review: NOMdays

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Nom^3’s take on Meatless Mondays, NOMdays, launched yesterday in Lerner. Clients picked up pre-ordered meals, which they had chosen from an option of three vegetarian dishes. Bwog was sort of impressed, sort of not.

MENU 1: Quinoa with avocado and pumpkin/marinated cucumber and chickpeas/apple

The ratio of the portions was surprising. A generous helping of quinoa with lots of tasty avocado and pumpkin dwarfed the already-small heap of vegetables and an apple of petite dimensions. While all of the food was perfectly palatable, it was nothing special, and less revelatory than expected for the $8 price tag. The dressing for the quinoa could not be described much beyond “bland.”

But wait! There’s good news. Sitting outside Lerner with a lunchbox, surrounded by the greasy messes everyone else is eating from Ferris, one realizes that there is considerably more at stake here. The food was local, healthy, hearty, and made by earnest kids with a genuine interest in food. The meal was found to be sustaining throughout the day without resulting in bloating or excessive thirst, not uncommon symptoms from Dining Services fare.

MENU 2: Tofu with brown rice/steamed kale/muffin thing

Bwog feels a little guilty calling the pumpkin spice cake/loaf/round thing the most flavorful part of the meal, but it definitely was.  The orange ginger tofu was only vaguely flavorful and had a texture much like the tofu found in Ferris: institutional.  The sliced almonds in the brown rice gave it some texture, but the kale had absolutely no flavor at all.

On the plus side, everything was perfectly cooked (brown rice cooked in large quantities is often under or overcooked), and the kale was juicy and tender. If NOM^3 wants to expand this program to include people who would otherwise be okay with fried rice and slops, they’re going to need to be a little less stingy with the spices.

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  1. Anonymous  

    it doesn't have to be meatless to be sustainable

  2. hmm  

    I think they mentioned they're not vegan or vegetarian, they just aim more towards that direction in order to promote sustainability and to utilize local food products.

    i think for some conference they catered they had an amazing chicken sandwich ... oriental flavored or something.

  3. generally true  

    I know the commenter above said they're not exclusively vegetarian, but I don't really know if having vegetarian meals really rules out a large client base, since everyone eats grains and vegetables. Most people probably don't eat meat at lunch and dinner every single day.

    As for the sustainability thing, I totally agree that sustainable, local, hormone-free meat exists, but it is true that in terms of fossil fuel consumption, producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy requires a lot more energy per calorie to produce than vegetable products.

  4. Anonymous  

    i eat meat for almost every meal every day. The only meal that I don't consistently eat meat for is breakfast.

  5. Anonymous

    if i hear the word "sustainable" one more time i'm gonna choke myself.

    "diversity" too.

  6. don't nom^3 officers

    write about food for bwog? who wrote this?

  7. DUdeSSSSSS  

    Yo stop posting recipes of shit that resembles shit.

  8. Anonymous  

    the president of the columbia culinary society posts recipes on bwog, not nom^3 members.

  9. Nom^3  

    Nom^3 doesn't have any members on Bwog.

    Also, the reason we focus on vegan/vegetarian food is 1. because the majority of our food team is vegetarian, 2. it is safer to handle, and 3. as the above comment said, it requires more fossil fuel energy, water, land, etc. to grow animals than it does to grow grains or vegetables. Every cow has to eat 10 cals of plant food to produce 1 cal of food that humans can eat; chicken is better with a 2:1 ratio, but still a less efficient production of food/protein. Some agricultural land can't be used to grow crops, and it makes sense to graze cattle on them. But still, if we grew more protein-rich legumes instead of growing crops to feed animals, we could feed the world many times over.

  10. If God didn't want us to eat animals  

    then why did He make them out of meat?

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