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Healthy Meal Substitutions Worth Trying

A common misconception with food is that in order to make smarter, healthier choices, you have to give up all your favorite meals. That isn’t necessarily true. If you get creative, and a little adventurous, you will find there are plenty of ways to still enjoy your go-to meals by substituting ingredients with other, healthier alternatives.

We found a couple meals that fit the bill with simple substitutions that can be made to add a fresh, healthy twist. These meal substitutions are definitely worth trying in your home kitchen.

Breakfast

Everybody loves to start the day with pancakes from First Stop or Pulley Diner. While you’re home for spring break, try a new twist on this breakfast staple. You can replace regular pancake batter with two bananas and two eggs for a gluten-free meal! Try this basic recipe with suggestions for common add-ins! Added bonus: bananas are high in fiber and antioxidants.

Lunch

If you’re a fan of Boneless Wing Wednesdays, you can switch it up a bit by replacing the chicken with cauliflower! It’s super easy to make this vegetarian dish and definitely worth a try. Just bake some cauliflower, cover it in as much sauce as you want and bake again. Here’s a recipe straight from the source. Replacing chicken with cauliflower makes this dish more vitamin rich, lower in calories, and gluten-free.

Snack

A great snack for the warmer months ahead is one that will bring with it a twinge of nostalgia. Throwback to childhood summers of pouring juice into popsicle trays, but now imagine an updated, more health-conscious version. Try replacing sugar-rich juice, found in the popsicles of your youth, with greek yogurt. All it takes is your favorite sliced fresh fruit, plain greek yogurt, and a natural sweetener like agave nectar or honey. The creamy and delicious treat will melt in your mouth … literally.

Dinner

Even fans of The Q can get in on this whole substitution thing. Barbeque pulled pork gets a healthy twist by replacing the meat with … fruit! Jackfruit can be prepared so that it has the texture of the average pulled meat. Adding barbeque for flavor and then using it on a bun, taco shell, or plate of nachos turns the fruit into a great meat substitute. This cuts down on cholesterol and calories and adds in more nutrients. It is definitely worth giving a try in your home kitchen!


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New This Semester: Grilled Chicken Salad, Loyalty Deals & Limited Time Offers

In the final post of our three-part blog series, we breakdown three more of the new additions in dining services for this spring semester. Last week we took a look at the extended hours at Dividends, the new sushi on campus and Me to You baskets for Valentine’s Day. The week before, we introduced new breakfast combos and Red Brick Roast, a new coffee bar on campus.

This week, we introduce a new healthy dining option at Pulley Diner, February’s loyalty deals across campus and more limited time offers than ever before!


Grilled Chicken Salad at Pulley Diner

Pulley Diner is a staple of the Miami University campus, known for it’s diner-style menu offerings like burgers, milkshakes, spicy chicken sandwiches and much more.

Starting this semester, Pulley Diner is adding a new addition to the menu. The grilled chicken salad! This fresh, and tasty, new option is a great choice for any hungry guest, particularly if you’re looking for a healthier choice. Swing by Pulley Diner today and give it a try for yourself!

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Loyalty Deals

Who doesn’t love a free meal? With our new loyalty deals, you will have the opportunity to earn a free meal at many of your favorite locations across campus.

The way it works, is if you purchase a meal at a participating location, you will receive a loyalty deal card and earn a “punch” on the card. When you buy 5 meals (and get your card “punched” each time), you will receive your 6th meal for FREE!

For the month of February, Americas, The Q, Bell Tower Market and King Cafe are our participating locations, so start earning towards a free meal today before the deal expires on February 28!

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Limited Time Offers

Limited time offers aren’t new to this semester with day/week/month-long specials being a part of our services prior to this spring, however, the scale of our limited time offers is new.

This semester, we have more limited time offers scheduled than ever before! Between specialty pizzas at La Mia Cucina to mini corn dogs on campus, we have an expansive list of special, limited time menu additions that you will not want to miss!

If you don’t want to miss out on any of the Oreo flavored items in March, the #Amerifried hot dog or any of our other tasty offers, you’ll want to follow us @MiamiUDining on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to keep up with the most current specials!

The chicken caesar wrap, briefly available at Americas, was a limited time offer over the first week of February.

The chicken caesar wrap, briefly available at Americas, was a limited time offer over the first week of February.

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What to Get Your Friends Based on Their Favorite MU Dining Location

Finding the perfect gifts for your favorite people is hard. We’re here to help. We’ve chosen some of the dining locations on campus and curated gifts to match the personality of each spot. Whatever your friends’ faves are, they’re sure to love these gifts.

Delish

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Plush Toy

Do they live for the grilled cheese and tomato soup specials at Delish? Then they’ll love this cute-as-a-button grilled cheese plush toy to keep them warm when the sandwich isn’t available.

Personalized Sandwich KeyChain

If you both like to customize your own sandwich at Delish, they’ll love this personalized sandwich key chain. Permanently record their favorite order, or just say something nice!  

Donation to the National Mustard Museum

If they like to douse their sandwiches in that spicy, yellow condiment, make a donation on your friend’s behalf to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin.  

Sundial

This Cheesy T-Shirt

If your friends are always down for a slice of pizza from Sundial, get them this punny shirt to wear the next time y’all meet up in Armstrong!

First Stop

Buttered Toast Pillow

Does your friend love breakfast food more than Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson combined? Fuel their dreams of delicious breakfast food with this pillow that’s just too cute to eat!

Pancake Backpack

If you give your friend a pancake backpack … they’ll probably want to get First Stop with you. But would that really be a bad thing??

“Is Butter a Carb?” Phone Case

Combine your friend’s love for Mean Girls and a buttered First Stop shortstack with this trendy phone case featuring a movie line everyone knows.

La Mia Cucina

“You’re My Butter Half” Pins

Give this gift to the buttered noodles to your chicken and pesto tortellini. If you and your friend strike the perfect balance, get them this carbo-loaded pin set!

Bell Tower

“Holy Guacamole” Phone Case

Help your friend protect their phone while they’re calling people to tell them that guac isn’t extra at Bell Tower!

Wing Bar

“I Got the Sauce” Sweatshirt

Everyone knows the best part of any chicken-based meal is the sauce. Show your friends they’re the best with this cheeky sweatshirt!

Americas

“Ranch Dressing is a Blessing” Tank

If your friend knows the best way to dress an Americas’ salad is with the staple of the midwest (Ranch), they’ll love this tank. Let them express what everyone’s really thinking with this great gift.

The Q

“BBQ Scented Candle”

If The Q was the Miami University dining addition you needed this year, this candle is the one for you. Get that delicious Memphis-style BBQ scent with this candle that supports a good cause!

Miami Ice

Alphabetical Dessert Print

If your friend is going to crave baked goods over break, keep them satisfied with this scrumptious print.

Donut Temporary Tattoos

Are Miami Ice donuts on the top of your friend’s favorite foods list? If the answer is yes, let them show their dedication, at least temporarily, with these fun accessories!

Coffee Laptop Sticker

If you can always find your friend studying by Miami Ice, let them show off their one true love with this chill sticker that reps their favorite hot drink.

Tea Hive

“My Puns are Koala Tea” T-Shirt

The jokester of your friend group, or just your tea-loving friend will appreciate this pun-loving shirt. It doesn’t hurt that it’s eco-friendly and super soft.

Robot Motorcycle Donut Dark Rider Metal Sign

Do your friends go nuts over donuts? If Tea Hive is the place to be for a quick treat among friends, they might like this funky metal sign for their dorm room!

Coffee and Tea Coloring Book

Help your friends de-stress with this coloring book they can work in while they sip on their favorite Tea Hive beverage.

Pulley Diner

Fry-Day T-Shirt

Does your friend rave about Pulley’s fries? Get them this shirt so they can celebrate everyday like it’s fry-day!

Burger and Fry Earrings

If you two go together like a burger and fries or Late Night and Pulley, get them these super fun earrings for under $15!

Encounter

Hambag

Don’t burgle burgers, steal hearts with this quirky purse.

Burger Phone Case

Your friends will be able to protect their phones while they’re texting you about the great burger they just ate at Encounter with this festive case.

Starbucks

Coffee Bean Necklace

If your friend loves coffee almost as much as you love them, get them this beautiful necklace so they can wear their heart around their neck.

Coffee-Themed Poster

Does your friend constantly wish they could be swimming in a pool of coffee? This print might be exactly what they need to motivate them to achieve their dreams.

What’s New on the Menu? – Maplestreet Station

A new school year brings a new, fresh look to some of our menus with exciting new additions and different offerings that we are sure you will love. With the start of the 2016-17 school year fast approaching, we want to share some of our most anticipated menu additions with you!

Maplestreet opens this year with Starbucks in tow, after the wildly popular dining destination opened last spring. While nothing quite on that scale is in store this year, Maplestreet does have some exciting new things for you to try when classes start!

The Q

Formerly Red Brick Pizza, The Q is Miami’s very own BBQ house, offering smoked meats like pulled pork, turkey, chicken and hot dogs (okay, the hot dogs aren’t going to be smoked). The Q has its own smoker in-house and will be preparing the delectable meats right there at The Q. Sides will include items like Mac & Cheese, two types of baked beans, homemade pickles, a couple varieties of cole slaw and corn muffins. This is a prime spot for meat lovers and definitely worth a visit when you get back on campus. You can even get a hot dog topped with pulled pork or turkey!

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Delish

Delish remains what you love about Delish with customizable sandwiches of different varieties. We are excited to announce that the ordering process has been simplified with choices between Single, Double and Triple sizes for your sandwiches. This is in an effort to streamline our service, but also to give you more control over your order size.

As you might gather, Single is for one meat, Double is for two meats and Triple is for three. When you order Double and Triple sandwiches, you can order different meats or stick to the same one, if you’re looking to “beef” up your sandwich. For example, you can purchase “The Gobbler,” which is a triple turkey sandwich.

Delish will have fried eggs as a possible sandwich item and will be serving up fresh baked cookies. Delish will also be a GET App mobile ordering option, if you’d like to order ahead, skip the line and pick-up your sandwich on your way to, or from, class!

Download the GET App for Apple and Android, or order online here.

Encounter

Say hello to the Spicy Chicken Sandwich! Encounter will now be selling one of the top menu items on campus after we received a great deal of positive feedback when it was offered as a limited time offer at Encounter last year. Encounter will be serving their delicious burgers on brioche buns, which is exciting. Sweet potato fries will now be offered as well, along with cranberry ketchup (a little sweet, a little spicy), which is very much deserving of a taste test.

First Stop

Build-your-own omelettes will be available at First Stop, like Pulley Diner, allowing you to pick your own fillings and customize your breakfast. The same “build-your-own” process will apply to ordering pancakes and french toast. First Stop will now be offering made-to-order breakfast sandwiches and will be featuring three brand new breakfast bowls, which will make for wonderful early-morning treats. To-go breakfast items will be available, for those on-the-go (obviously). Finally, we are replacing the cubed home fry potatoes with shredded hash browns. Like the cubed potatoes, the shredded hash browns are a fresh potato product and go through the same preparation process, they’re just served differently.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim is going buffet. This year, you will be able to use a buffet meal at Pacific Rim and enjoy all-you-can-eat of your Pacific Rim favorites. Made-to-order stir-fry is still available, featuring vegetable blends like Armstrong’s Mein Street, to help speed-up service. Pacific Rim’s made-to-order stir-fry is allergen-friendly with soy being the only top 8 allergen served there. Due to these considerations, the Pacific Rim stir-fry station is a wonderful spot for those with special diets (still be sure to notify staff of your allergy when ordering) and for those looking to avoid gluten.

Pacific Rim will also serve different international entrees, like pacific dishes and Indian cuisine, and will offer up some of the more traditional American menu options as well. There will be prepared salads, a pudding bar, desserts and Pacific Rim will serve brunch on the weekends. Pacific Rim is definitely an exciting location for this upcoming school year!

Americas

20160127_145651-minAmericas is still featuring a Trader’s Greens salad bar, along with the very popular quinoa bowls, but now Americas will be serving Taco Bowls as well. If you’re missing your Serrano fix, stop by Americas for street tacos or a taco bowl. Fish (cod) is now an available protein, making fish tacos a reality. Americas is also going to be serving (for dinner only) a steak dinner, so keep that in mind when you’re craving that Ribeye.

Starbucks

Starbucks is going to keep on, keeping on.

Keep tabs on the latest happenings in dining by following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram! We are very excited to have you all back on campus and we can’t wait to serve you during the 2016-17 school year!