I thought there was a recent thread on this, but the search turned up nothing.
I just spent 5 days in the hospital to clear up an infection in my leg,and one of the pleasant surprises of the visit was the food. While certainly not gourmet, it was quite good and well above what I would normally think of when I think of "hospital food."
The breakfast offerings were pretty standard and mundane...including turkey "bacon." Lunch and dinner. OTOH, were quite good. Entrees included baked fish, seasoned chicken breast, a beef stir fry over rice, mac and cheese, and lasagna. The only "near-miss" here was the chicken breast. While the seasoning was good the beast was a bit dry.
Vegetable offerings included spinach, stewed tomatoes, and cauliflower. I expected the spinach to be mushy and tasteless, but it had good flavor. Likewise with the cauliflower. Instead of being mushy, it was tender crisp with real cauliflower flavor.
I'm not sure why stewed tomatoes and mashed potatoes w/gravy accompanied the lasagna, but they were still good. Most meals were also served with a nice soft fresh-made dinner roll.
As expected, meals were low sodium, low fat, etc., but for the most part I never missed them. Chain restaurants should take notice...it is possible to produce food in quantity that tastes good and isn't loaded with salt, sugar, and other assorted junk.
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