Healthy Fare that's In Demand

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Crispy Tomato Salmon
Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.

 Crispy Tomato Salmon is the healthy dish of choice at this school, where about 12,000 meals per day are served in two dining facilities. Arlene Hosea, director of campus dining, reports that the salmon dish has one of the highest counts of any item offered at the Fresh Bites venue, located in the campus’ largest dining hall. Fresh Bites serves grilled poultry and seafood, whole grains and fresh produce. 
The salmon, introduced in 2011, is made in small batches, about 25 servings at a time, right in front of students. “That is the best marketing—seeing and smelling your food cooked right in front of you,” says Hosea. The salmon’s dish biggest rival in popularity is dining services’ black bean quesadillas.

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