Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A meal that weighs more than my head is never a good idea, even if it is vegetarian

Okay the camping trip was fun and I do have many stories to share about the time spent in the wilderness. But that post will take a long time to write and probably involve pictures, all of which I don’t have with me at the moment. So instead I’m going to rant about my lunch.

While I do have the option of going out to eat for lunch, I typically stay in and eat in the company cafeteria. This is because it’s usually pretty inexpensive and also doesn’t take a lot of time. I also like it because there are always decent vegetables to choose from, thus making it easier to stay on my “try to eat at least 3-4 servings of fruit/veggies every day” kick I’ve been on recently. So today I stepped over to the counter and selected the vegetarian lasagna option. From my vantage point, the little squares of stuffed pasta layers looked to be of a reasonable size, however as soon as the server dished up a slice and handed it to me, I realized that I had been looking at a slice that was cut in half earlier as a half-order*. An actual serving was twice that big and weighed in at approximately 30 pounds**.

For a second, I was torn. Do I just accept the massive plate-o-pasta/mass? Or do I tell her to put it back and ask for the half-order? In the end, I took pity on the plate*** and took it. In the end I only ate half and tossed the rest. Food wasteage, yes, but there was no way I could have eaten the whole thing. Plus even with just the half I’m pretty sure I’m already at 5 servings of veggies today – leaving open the option of the veggie-less**** dinner!

* On some entrees, we get the option to order half-sized portions (for those people who feel a life of forced obesity is not appealing) but the signs never say which ones you can and cannot split.
** All right, perhaps this is exaggerating a little bit. But it was at least 4 pounds and took up the majority of the available space on a regular-sized plate.
*** Which was sitting there in the servers outstretched hand creaking and groaning under its unnaturally large burden.
**** Read: using up the leftover s’mores ingredients from this weekend! Woo!

3 comments:

KC said...

That's something I wish we had: a cafeteria. But since I work in a very small office (just 6 employees), I guess a cafeteria is out of the question.

I love veggie lasagna!

KC said...

Oh, by the way.... The "guess what" Literature version is up and ready at my blog. See if you can guess what book it is!

The Phoenix said...

You eat all that pasta, you'll be constipated by tomorrow morning.