Peregrine Dining Hall and other SUNY New Paltz eateries will celebrate World Vegan Day with a suite of vegan offerings on Friday, Nov. 1, as the College continues to introduce more delicious and more abundant plant-based dining options at venues across campus.
Adopting a vegan diet reduces the exploitation of animals, provides multiple health benefits, and can even help reduce humanity’s environmental footprint.
“Plant-based diets are associated with a reduced risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease,” said Marie Murphy, registered dietitian for campus dining services. “They are creating some buzz lately related to their potential for mitigating climate change by reducing water consumption, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improving land use. And, if the trend in plant-based diets grows, we will see a reduction in intensive animal farming practices, which subject animals to inhumane conditions. It’s nice to see that the public is starting recognize the wide-ranging benefits of eating more plants.”
The menu at Peregrine on Nov. 1 will include a number of special vegan options, including:
- Black bean burger with sweet potato fries
- Veggie “chicken” with sweet chili sauce, brown rice, braised kale and roasted carrots
- Spaghetti squash with pinto beans and sofrito
- Roasted vegetable wrap
- Black bean quesadilla
- Samosas and lentil dal
- Veggie lovers’ pizza
- Tuscan white bean soup, cucumber garbanzo bean soup and lentil stew
- And much more!
The bakers at Sweets & Treats will also be using a number of their favorite vegan recipes, for goods including strawberry shortcakes, apple hand pies and oatmeal cranberry cookies.
These limited-time options are in addition to the large and growing number of plant-rich, vegetarian and vegan options already available on the New Paltz campus.
The Sprout area of Peregrine Dining Hall serves exclusively vegan cuisine every day of the week, and the popular V93 line of grab-and-go vegan goods has grown to include 15 items that can be found at Wooster Hall in Element 93 and in the Sojourner Truth Library’s Truth Café.