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Vegetarian & Vegan Dining

Delicious plant-based meals every day, at every location

BC's Campus Nutritionist Kate Sweeney is available to speak with students about a vegetarian or vegan diet.

 Make an appointment online.

Below are a selection of rotating vegan and vegetarian menu items offered in the three main dining halls. Check online menus and digital signage for daily offerings. We created this handout to guide vegetarian and vegan dining.

 
Corcoran Commons:
Lower Live
  • Marinated, baked or grilled tofu is available on the sandwich line
  • Veganize a quesadilla - ask for a corn or flour fajita with no cheese
The Loft at Addie's
  • Vegetarian paninis available upon request
  • Acai and Pitaya bowls are vegan
  • Check digital signage for daily vegetarian offerings
McElroy:
Carney Hall
  • Veganize a Burrito Bowl: ask for plant-based add-ins
  • Ask for no egg on Bibimbap to make it vegan
  • Vegan Pitaya bowls and vegetarian Acai bowls are available for breakfast
Eagle's Nest
  • The Green It and Bowl Stations are vegan without chicken or mac n' cheese. Ask your server about vegan dressings!
Stuart:
  • Customize a breakfast smoothie with add-ins like chia and flax
  • Vegan and vegetarian grain salads are offered in grab n' go
  • Create-your-own Mexican plate using hot beans offered in the serving lines
  • General Gao's Bowl is offered with tofu
  • Calcium-fortified soy milk*
  • Packaged hummus*
  • Assorted yogurts
  • PB&J Sandwich
  • Falafel sandwich
  • Cheese plate
  • Mediterranean plate
  • Overnight Oatmeal with almond milk*

*Denotes vegan

  • Cubed Tofu*
  • Kidney beans*
  • Chickpeas*
  • Lentil Salad
  • Assortment of Cheeses
  • Low-fat Cottage Cheese
  • Hard Cooked Eggs
  • Variety of Vegetables*

*Denotes vegan

  • Variety of cut fruit*
  • Flavored Yogurts
  • Granola*

*Denotes vegan

  • Jens and Marie Veggie Burgers*
  • Vegetarian Stir Fry
  • Tofu Stir Fry*
  • Grilled Cheese

*Denotes vegan

  • Eggplant Parmesan Sub
  • Cheese
  • Peanut Butter*
  • Falafel with Tahini on Pita*
  • Vegetable Fajita Wrap*
  • Make Your Own with Pita, Salad, Hummus, and Beans

*Denotes vegan

A variety of vegetarian grain-based salads - daily!

  • Pitaya and acai bowls
  • Holy Grain
  • Mexican Plate*
  • Vegan Butternut Squash*
  • Stuffed Avocado
  • Rice Warmer

*Denotes vegan

  • Black Bean*
  • Tomato Basil*
  • Three Bean Chili*
  • Organic Split Pea & Kale*
  • Sweet Potato Chipotle*

*Denotes vegan

Did You Know? 

Soy lattes are available at the Chocolate Bar and Hillside.

Hot oatmeal is vegan in all dining locations.

Overnight oats are vegetarian at McElroy, and vegan at Stuart and Lower.

White rice is available in rice warmers at Lower, Carney and Stuart.

Unsweetened and Vanilla Almond Milk is available every day at McElroy, Stuart, Corcoran, Lyons, and Walsh in dispensers.

Stuart Hall offers a vegetarian Smash Bowl with soy chicken and veggies.  

Students can request to have a meal made off the serving line to avoid cross-contact with animal products. Just ask for a manager!

Customize a Flat Top Burger with a vegan Beet & Kale patty at Carney, Lower and Stuart. Add your favorite plant-based toppings.

We host vegetarian and vegan focus groups. Contact us to learn more at bcdining@bc.edu.

A vegetarian or vegan diet can sometimes get in the way of balanced eating. Find out more about what balanced eating is and how to navigate BC Dining to eat balanced.

Awards and Recognition


making the power bowl

VEGAN ENTRY WINS NACUFS BRONZE AWARD
The Power Bowl, which was a BC Dining Test Kitchen item, was selected as the winner of the bronze medal.  Take a look at how the Power Bowl is made.

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BC DINING RECOGNIZED WITH AN "A"
Peta2 gave BC Dining an "A" for going above and beyond to provide all students with exceptional vegan food.

Important Nutrients

Vegans and vegetarians require a variety of foods from each food group to achieve satisfaction and nutritional adequacy. No single food can provide all essential nutrients. It is important to allow oneself full permission to eat any food, while also being mindful of hunger and feelings of satisfaction.

By eating a variety of protein foods and enough fuel overall, our bodies efficiently use plant proteins to meet our needs. Sources of plant-based protein include legumes (like beans, split peas, lentils, and soy products), nuts and seeds. Some vegetarians also eat animal-based proteins like eggs, cheese, yogurt, and milk.

  • Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: consume dairy and eggs, and no red meat, white meat, fish, or fowl
  • Ovo-Vegetarian: consume eggs only, and no red meat, white meat, fish, fowl, or dairy
  • Lacto-Vegetarian: consume dairy only, and no red meat, white meat, fish, fowl, or eggs
  • Pescetarian: consume fish and seafood, and no red or white meat
  • Vegan: consume no animal-based products

Paying attention to iron sources ensures a well-balanced vegetarian or vegan diet. Plant-based sources of iron include legumes (kidney beans, chickpeas, and lentils), fortified cereals, whole grains, dried fruits, and dark green leafy vegetables. However, the fiber in these foods makes iron less available to our bodies. Coffee, tea, and calcium-rich foods also reduce iron absorption. To enhance iron absorption from these plant-based foods, each Vitamin C-rich foods like tomato sauce or citrus fruit in the same meal.

Zinc is an important mineral that helps the immune system fight sickness, strengthens skin, hair and nails, and ensures senses of taste and smell. Vegan and vegetarian sources of zinc include legumes and beans, nuts and seeds, nutritional yeast, oats, and wheat.

Vitamin B12 plays a role in red blood cell formation and nerve maintenance for a healthy, focused brain. Vitamin B12 is found in animal foods including dairy and eggs, so most vegetarians have adequate intake of Vitamin B12. Because vegans do not consume animal products, they must rely on a combination of supplemental and fortified forms of B12. Look for fortified cereal, soy milk and nutritional yeast. 

Calcium and Vitamin D help to support muscle function and energy balance so you perform at your best. Vegetarians who eat dairy can find calcium and Vitamin D in milk, yogurt and cheese. Vegans need to check labels for calcium-fortified foods. Common examples are soy milk, firm tofu, orange juice, and fortified breakfast cereals. Blackstrap molasses, almonds and dark greens like kale and collards contain calcium. Vitamin D can also be obtained from 20 minutes of direct sun exposure, except in northern latitudes like Boston. Eating fortified foods year-round is necessary.

Omega-3 fats are essential fatty acids found in cold water fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel. Dietary fat is important for adequate brain function and hormonal balance. While not as concentrated as fish oil, vegans and vegetarians can obtain omega 3’s by eating flaxseeds, walnuts, canola oil and some soy products like edamame and tofu. Some vegans may need supplemental omega-3’s to reach adequacy.

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