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Exciting news for students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington! The university’s food service provider, Sodexo, recently removed all animal products from Gonzaga’s vegetarian dining station, making it 100 percent vegan-friendly!

The now entirely plant-based campus spot is called the “Zagriculture” station, and while it will be the only consistently vegan station inside the University’s dining hall, it will not be the only spot with vegan options available to students interested in eating plant-based. Pretty cool!

How Did They Do It?

Sodexo initiated the change by instituting some simple swaps in its menu offerings. According to a bulletin released by Gonzaga, students are now able to order black bean burgers at Zagriculture, but can also go and pick up a vegan cheese pizza, a side or entrée of fresh steamed vegetables, a vegan scramble or burrito, and vegan stir fry. Additionally, salads are made with produce grown in the school’s rooftop garden.

Gonzaga also decided not to renew its contract with Panda Express, and is replacing the fast-casual restaurant with Sodexo-run dining concept “1887”, which allows students to customize and order salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more off touch-screen kiosks.

Don’t Have Vegan Options at Your University? We’ve Got You Covered!

Jealous of the Gonzaga students, and want access to a bounty of fresh vegan food too? Don’t despair — our Food Monster App is brimming with plant-based recipes for you to make at home or in your dorm kitchen. Here are some of our favorite options below:

This 15-Minute Sweet Potato Scramble by Danielle Joy is quick, easy, and filling.Sweet Potato

This recipe is so simple yet delightfully delicious! You can make it in under 15 minutes. It’s great as a side or mixed into a salad.

This Hummus, Carrot, Cucumber, Avocado, and Sprouts Sandwich is easy to assemble and good for you.Vegan Humdinger Sandwich

Aine Carlin‘s recipe features clean, simple, honest ingredients that will tickle your taste buds, fill your belly and leave you with a self-satisfied grin that only a really good sandwich can induce.

These Bean and Mushroom Fajitas by Iva Mrdjanov are vibrant, tasty, and easy to eat on the go!Fajitas2

This vegan take on fajitas is such a go-to dinner recipe for busy weeknight evenings. It’s quick to make, doesn’t create a lot of dishes; and if you don’t feel like mixing your own seasoning and making the pico de gallo and guacamole, these can be readily purchased in almost any store to speed things up. The biggest bonus is that everyone around the table gets excited when they realize it’s fajita night.

If you’re interested in finding some more vegan dorm room survival tips, or just want some ideas on how to cook vegan food in a dorm without a stove, or even what kind of plant-based snacks you should have on hand at college, then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Bean and Mushroom Fajitas

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