Improving Mood With Hospital Food

This is Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here.

My Beloved has started physical therapy and ate breakfast without my assistance today. She is a soldier. No for real.. She served for a bit and is as hard as nails, fit to walk the trail with.

Fit to raise a race of warriors

It is time to start cutting off the minute by minute care and allow freedom for growth.

That said, I went to breakfast in the cafeteria. Sodexo isn’t my favorite company, but they do excel in their niche; hospital food.

We called it Beef Butt Crumble

Now, if you mix Beef Butt Crumble with overcooked noodles with fake cheese sauce in, you can get a decent meal that is meat- loafish.

Bon Appitite!

We were too busy to take the final result picture, but most everyone that sits here at the Campfire has an excellent imagination.

I will tell you this; the inmates at my prison eat magnitudes better than this.

I have been exceptionally nice to the hospital food service department and the food has improved a little.

Now, back to breakfast at the cafeteria.

I asked the Sodexo employee what he would have for breakfast.

The poor guy squirmed and sullenly pointed to a menu. He was not in the peak of enthusiasm.

I wasn’t having it.

“I don’t care about the menu, sir, I care about your experience. You work here and know what’s up. I will pay whatever price in cash if necessary to eat what you eat here.”

He gauged me for sincerity. The stare was irritated and kinda sketchy.

Slowly, he procured a clamshell and began mixing items in the serving line together.

Though born in the Midwest, I am Southwestern at heart and this dish touched me to the soul. It appeared to be a mix of sausage, hash browns, tater tots, cheeses and flavorful green chilli liberally slathered on top.

The meal provided was to die for. It was delicious. I really liked it.

Hash Brown Tots slathered in stout green chilli

I truly believe it is what he would have had for breakfast and told him thank you.

Although the picture above does not reflect it well, it weighed over a pound. I could hardly finish it.

When I paid for this, he charged me $3.14 USD, about the price of an energy drink at a gas station.

This was a steal and I wish I could have shared it with her. Crumble Butt Chuck Beef Butt Crumble with sauce is no beuno.

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

52 thoughts on “Improving Mood With Hospital Food

  1. Ryan Callahan says:

    Awesome to hear your wife is doing better, praise God! I will continue to pray for healing and a full recovery. That’s funny about the food. Glad she can eat without assistance. God bless!

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  2. cheriewhite says:

    I’m so glad your wife is getting better, Ben. Prayer works wonders and the prayers will continue! And the food you ate even sounded delicious! God speed Isabell’s recovery! 🙏 ❤

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  3. kagould17 says:

    Glad your beloved is improving. Great tactic on the hospital food selection. I bet he squirmed because he did not have great things to say about hios company’s selctions. When my beloved was in the hospital for the birth of our sons, I always asked here which version of gravy and bones she had for supper that night. I think bad hospital food is a tactice so you get well and get out. 😊😊

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  4. writingandphotography0531 says:

    I’m glad to hear that your wife is eating, but even more so that she can now do so without assistance. Please keep us posted. Even if we don’t reply, we still care.

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  5. Jewish Young Professional "JYP" says:

    I’m so happy your wife is doing better!
    I think Sodexo ran the college dining hall food at my college. (I might be wrong – college was a long time ago). I actually remember it being not bad. Whenever my family visited, they never took me out to eat at an off-campus restaurant. They just ate at my college dining hall because they liked it.

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  6. Michele Lee says:

    I am so happy to read that your wife started PT and that she was able to eat breakfast without your assistance. This is wonderful news. I pray she continues to make positive progress each day – with healthy food to help with that.

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  7. salsaworldtraveler says:

    Great news! I have a good friend who had a stroke about one year ago. She seems to have recovered fully. Best wishes for the same result. The docs, nurses and therapists work wonders.

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  8. herbthiel says:

    This is really great news! Smuggle in a bottle of hot sauce of some sort, maybe that will help.

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  9. mattsnyder1970 says:

    Well as a foodie, that substance you posted looks bleh…but at the very least glad the breakfast satisfied. You might be right on who cooks it, I believe SODEXO does the hospital food in my area, and it actually looks and is edible. Also great news on your wife being self sufficient. I feel your pain inside. I’ve been there a few times while my wife has been hospitalized for suicide attempts.

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    1. The Storyteller says:

      We eat with our eyes Matt Snyder, but the food they gave me for the price of a soda made my day and got me through.
      Yeah, it probably is the people and the willingness to make an excellent meal.
      You are a good man for taking care of your wife, Matt.

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  10. Thattamma C.G Menon says:

    So nice to hear from you that your wife is feeling better 👍🏻🌷🙏 my friend here more than 3 months
    Had to recover , his wife will bring him slowly and make sit inside the car and drove to Physiologist in
    Hospital !! Your wife young so can fast recovery , hospital food clean and calories less !! So ok 👌
    Your photos and written lines make me so laughing 👍🏻😊 By God’s Grace all will be ok hope 🙏♥️

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      1. Thattamma C.G Menon says:

        Thank you so much for this lovely reply message 🌷🙏♥️
        I’m also so sad to know your wife’s health , so what I had
        Seen here and express to you dear 🙏Family so precious 👏😊

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  11. Purple Rose says:

    So happy your wife is doing better Benjamin. Praying for you both and I also asked my readers to say a prayer for her in last Sunday’s post. God bless you.

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