Yet again I go to our university restaurant only to discover that their lunch menu is uneatable. Today, they are serving pulled pork, nachos, hotdogs, and hamburgers. Are they trying to kill us all off or something?
The student cafeteria offers marginally better fare today: crab-stuffed pollock (unfortunately, covered in a thick layer of bread crumbs), deep-fried shrimp (the person who invented deep frying should be in jail, in my opinion), rosemary roasted potatoes (which are so salty as to bring one's blood pressure through the roof), and boiled carrots. Of course, all of these food options could be improved dramatically by cutting down on salt and heavy sauces that everything is swathed in, skipping the deep fryer and forgetting about the bread crumbs. Everybody says that healthy food is more expensive but every measure I suggested here has to do with cutting down on unhealthy ingredients, which can only lead to saving money.
In the student cafeteria we also have a salad stand. Unfortunately, it features pasta salads bathed in heavy sauces all the time. I find the concept of a pasta salad to be completely alien to my worldview. Who wants to eat cold pasta, anyways?
You can also make your own salad out of a bunch of humongous lettuce leaves, bacon bits, pickles, extremely salty sunflower seeds, cheese, and on the days we are very lucky, fresh cucumbers.
If I sound too finicky about food, keep in mind that I have high blood pressure. The climate where I live right now is deadly to me. Last summer I had a hypertensive episode that lasted for five weeks. I managed to bring my BP down without any medication, of which I'm very proud. Now that the summer is close again, I need to do all I can to avoid another bout of hypertension. So pulled pork with barbecue sauce terrifies me.
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