Vegetarian Experiment, Day 6

Today was the last day eating in one of the cafeteria’s here on MSU’s campus. I will definitely miss this place. The student workers were polite, kind, and helpful. They even cooked the food right there while we waited. And we could see them make it. This is a different kind of cafeteria than I had in college…and even that I have at Baylor, even though the ones at Baylor are good, too.

Here is what I ate today:


Egg and Cheese Croissant Sandwich

Egg Sandwich



Hummus and Tabbouleh and a Side Salad


Vegetable Lasagna with Cauliflower Gratin

I didn’t like the vegetable lasagna. It had some sort of sweet sauce that I didn’t like, so I didn’t end up eating very much of it.

Vegetable Lasagna2

In fact, because I didn’t eat much of the lasagna, I went back for seconds of the cauliflower gratin. It was cooked with golden raisins, capers, cheese, and bread crumbs and topped with finely diced parsley. It was very, very good. I never would have put these ingredients together into one dish.

Roasted Cauliflower

Turtle Brownie (yum!)

Turtle Brownie



Caprese Salad with Warmed Pita Bread

Caprese Salad

I’ve had caprese salad before, but only on top of a tomato (deconstructed, I think). This one with lettuce was really good. And the warmed pita bread had a nice crunch to it. I will definitely make a salad like this at home. There’s nothing like basil, balsamic vinegar, mozzarella, and tomatoes.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe with Steamed Green Beans

The sloppy joe was made with tofu and vegetables. It was pretty good. It was the closest thing to meat I had all week. It felt like I was eating meat because of the texture, but I cognitively knew it wasn’t meat. It was a weird experience. But it was good.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Turtle Brownie (Take 2)

Turtle Brownie

I end my week at MSU by eating dessert twice today, the same thing I had for lunch. Moist, chocolatey, crunchy, and gooey. What’s not to like?

One more day of eating vegetarian and my experiment will be over. It’s given me a lot to think about.

  • tab_as

    Your food photos from this week have been beautiful!  You could be a food photographer. 

    • Kara Poe Alexander

      Thanks, Tabetha! I enjoyed taking all the photos. Although it did feel a bit strange to document EVERYTHING I ate for a week. Some people say to keep a food journal, but, wow, was that public!

  • Kellie

    Where is the recipe for the Caramel brownie take 2?