Moody Stir Fry
Many people get tired of eating the same thing at the dining halls, or have already blown through their Cougar Cash.
But maybe you should give Moody (Fresh Food Company) a second thought. Moody’s dining hall may not be a five-star restaurant, but there are creative ways to enjoy the food. One way you can do this is by making your own “Moody Stir Fry.” Many students don’t realize just how much of the food at Moody can be used as ingredients
To begin, swipe in and grab a to-go box. Head to the salad bar and fill your box with your favorite veggies. They have everything from bell peppers to broccoli.
Next, fill your to-go cup with some oil (yes, they have oil) located at the salad dressing bar. For the final touch, scan the dining hall for anything else that catches your eye (pineapple, Siracha, salsa, various meats, etc.) and toss that in your box too.
Once you have filled your box to the brim, go find a kitchen. Dump all the ingredients into a pan, and sauté your stir fry until it looks done. It’s as simple as that – just don’t burn the food, because you may set the fire alarm off and make your R.A. mad.
You can choose different variations of your ingredients and enjoy a different “Moody Stir Fry” every time you go. Bon Appetite.
Why Not Swipe In?
If you are like many of the students I’ve come across, then you probably don’t use all of your meal plan swipes. Maybe you’re even looking to apply for the All Cougar Cash meal plan next semester, but right now you have more swipes then you could ever use (or so you think).
I am going to give you a few tips about what to do with all those swipes, but first of all, let’s do some quick math (insert groan). On average, the cost of swiping into Moody (Fresh Food Company) is $8. Next, let’s assume you end up saving around 50 swipes a semester (saving three extra swipes a week). If that’s the case, you’ve just wasted approximately $400.
Swipe other people in. There are some people (like myself) that sincerely enjoy the dining halls. My friend, Robert, and I have to do the math to make sure that we are not going to be out of swipes before the semester ends. Find these people in your life and give them a free swipe-in during finals week – they’ll appreciate it, trust me.
Go get a drink. Have you ever thought, “I could really go for a cup of coffee”? Or maybe, “A glass of Coca-Cola sounds delicious”? Instead of using real cash at Starbucks, swipe into Moody or Cougar Woods and treat yourself to a drink.
Grab some dessert. Dessert is almost always being served at both dining halls. So even if you aren’t hungry but have a sweet tooth, just swipe in and grab a cookie or two (or three – maybe four?). They tend to have a wide variety of other tasty desserts too.
Get some ingredients. Both dining halls (especially Moody) have huge salad bars. If you already have all the ingredients, but forgot to get mushrooms, use a swipe and get those mushrooms. You just saved yourself the drive to the grocery store, and the money you would have spent on those mushrooms.
These are just some of the many things you can use your swipes for besides eating a full meal.