WSU Expands Meatless Options in Dining Halls

WSU Expands Meatless Options in Dining Halls

Written by Tyler Puckett

Last October, Washington State University Dining Services hired certified dietitian Alice Ma to expand the amount of meatless options available on campus. As the new semester began this past month, several students and faculty members have already begun to express an appreciation for the new options available to them at dining halls and restaurants across campus.

Recent additions to the menu include meatless tacos, freshly made tofu stir-fry, dairy-free cheeses, soy milk, Tofurkey meals, and much more. Last month’s campus-wide picnic event gave individuals the opportunity to go meatless by offering choices such as BBQ lentils and Gardein BBQ Chick’N. Additionally, Ma has worked with campus dining service employees to encourage the use of plant-based mayonnaise, vegan ranch dressing, and other reducetarian cooking substitutes.

“Dining Services strives to be inclusive of special dietary needs and to listen to what students want to see more of in the Dining Centers,” Ma said in a WSU press release. “We know that plant-based diets and eating less meat are growing trends… and having a variety of tasty and filling options can demonstrate just how possible it is to eat fewer animal products."