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10 Dining Hall Hacks

It’s like Chopped, but in the dining hall


It’s still early in the semester, and yes, the food served in BU dining halls really does taste good, but there may come a time when it starts to taste a bit déjà vu. To help keep your taste buds captivated, we compiled a list of dining hall hacks that can spice up your normal meals and snacks. A disclosure—these ideas might not be possible every day (chicken fingers make a guest appearance only sometimes) or at every location. Have more hacks? Add them to the Comment section below.

1. Turn breakfast food into a breakfast burrito

Scrambled eggs, combined with cheese and beans from the salad bar and wrapped in pita bread, becomes a delicious breakfast burrito.

Photo by Flickr Contributor marcos ojeda

Photo by Flickr contributor marcos ojeda

2. Combine cereal, dried fruit, walnuts, and candy

Yes, it’s just what it looks like: trail mix.

nuts raisins and chocolate chips trail mix in a bag

Photo by Flickr contributor Sara Milne

3. Forget plain waffles

Use those golden goodies as two ends of a sandwich, and in between, add fresh fruit and whipped cream. And syrup.

woman eating waffles gif

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4. Still more with waffles

Layer chicken tenders on top of waffles and drizzle syrup, for instant chicken and waffles.

Photo by Flickr Contributor Jimmy Emerson, DVM

Photo by Flickr contributor Jimmy Emerson, DVM

5. Impress fellow diners with custom bean dip

Take black beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas from the salad bar and add in veggies like tomatoes, corn, onions, and celery. Add some olive oil and vinegar. Toast some pita bread to make the chips.

beans, corn, red onion dip

Photo by Flickr contributor Alice

6. Could mac and cheese possibly taste any better? Yes, it could.

Stir in sriracha sauce and chives or black beans, salsa, and shredded lettuce. See more ideas here.

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7. Try a lettuce wrap

Fold lettuce leaves around grilled chicken, bean sprouts, and carrots, and then dip into soy and chili sauce.

lettuce wrap

Photo by Flickr contributor Jessica and Lon Binder

8. Add marinara sauce and cheese to a bagel

Toast lightly and you have a pizza bagel.

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9. Make your own pasta dish

Take plain ziti and head on over to the salad bar. Try peas, bacon bits, and parmesan cheese, or crumbled walnuts and some salad dressing. Find more ideas here.

Photo by Flickr Contributor lorigami

Photo by Flickr contributor lorigami

10. Floats for dessert

Take a glass of soda to the soft serve machine to make a Coke or orange creamsicle float.

Photo by Flicker Contributor Stacy Spensley

Photo by Flicker contributor Stacy Spensley


5 Comments on 10 Dining Hall Hacks

  • tasty on 09.14.2016 at 11:30 am

    gonna try all of these…except maybe that lettuce wrap? NICE TRY SARGENT.

  • Jen on 09.14.2016 at 12:00 pm

    The dining halls at BU do not have nuts

  • B on 09.14.2016 at 2:01 pm

    Vanilla soft serve with organic peanut butter is my go to!

  • A "N" Y on 09.15.2016 at 7:47 pm

    You can take tortillas from the giant self-serve bowl and sprinkle cheese over it, put in microwave a bit to melt cheese.

    Adding broken up cookies or sliced up fruits are my go-to condiments for ice cream.

    Also everyone knows grabbing a pizza to eat while waiting in line is the real way to game the system.

  • Alli on 09.24.2016 at 1:42 pm

    When I was at BU, I always combined both of the sauces served with the pasta because on their own, neither of them had enough flavor but together, they’re usually delicious! The best combo is marinara and Alfredo!

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