Don’t get me wrong, I think that a varied diet is a good thing, but when I ask for extra spinach on my Penne Rosa, I mean that I want extra spinach! Today while having a quick bite at Noodles and Co., I ordered my usual “Penne Rosa”, a creamy tomato and mushroom pasta with spinach. Being the green-eater that I am, I ordered extra spinach for an extra $.99*. When I received my pasta, I was annoyed, but not surprised to see only 4 baby spinach leaves in my otherwise delicious meal.
So, is 4 leaves really “extra”, or do the pasta-makers just dismiss the fact that I paid almost a dollar extra to have more spinach on my plate? Maybe the employees thought that they were doing me a favor by not giving me the extra spinach that I asked for. Perhaps they stereotyped me as a girl raised on a “white” diet and the word “spinach” accidentally slipped out of my mouth. Unfortunately (for Noodles), non of these notions are true. In fact, I am a 15-year vegetarian who strives to get bunches of greens included in her daily routine. For gosh sakes, I drink spinach smoothies for breakfast!
If the previously mentioned idea is true, that the 4 leaves of baby spinach is considered “extra”, then we have a huge problem on our hands. People get used to the idea that a serving is 4 leaves of greens to 1 cup of carbs. Those serving proportions should be swapped.
Although I think that Noodles and Co. is a great company with a lot to offer, I think that they-and their competitors-need to improve what they mean by “extra”. Especially for vegetables.
Next time I will order spinach with extra Penne Rosa.
*I do not remember the exact price of an “extra”, it was somewhere around $.99.