Posts tagged ‘Organic’

July 9, 2011

Sublime Restaurant, Ft. Lauderdale- Every Bite Was Sublime

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

In February Ashley took me to a restaurant called Sublime.  It’s a great friend who researches to find a totally vegan restaurant for you when they aren’t even vegetarian.  The concept of being able to order and eat anything on the menu overwhelmed me.

Complimentary Appetizer

At the end of our meal they brought us “to share” a Chocolate Nirvana Ganache cake that could make your heart melt.

The owner of the restaurant stopped by to greet us then and to wish me a happy birthday.  Tonight, as we walked in she recognized me.  Five months later!  I’m no

Alec Baldwin (who recently tweeted about his dinner at Sublime) but I felt like a celebrity.

In my dinner party was my husband, who straight out refuses to eat anything starting with Tofu, and my mother who is a weekday vegetarian.  After much hesitation from the man of our group, my husband finally decided on the barbeque pizza with Daiya cheese (a colossal tribute to Daiya that he never realized it wasn’t real cheese) .  He ate the entire pizza like it was his last meal: thin crust, just enough BBQ sauce and a bit of onions.

My mother ate the Portabello Stack with Purple! sweet potatoes.  I have to get my hands on those someday, I have never seen purple sweet potatoes.

Portobello Stack With Purple SweetPotatoes

Southern Dining With A Vegan Twist

I chose the “chikin”, mashed potatoes and green beans which were fantastic.  I think my husband actually thought the green beans would taste different in a vegan restaurant.  Nope, they’re still green beans but not slathered in unhealthy butter, they’re still crisp and tasty like they should be.  The mashed potatoes weren’t boxed potatoes either, you could tell someone had taken the time to peel and mash them.  It was a southern entree with a healthy twist.

The presentation of the food is beautiful, the staff are understanding of all appetites, and the owners actually care about their guests.

And… lest we forget about that sublime chocolate cake, we ordered that as well.  The doubtful meat eater gave it his seal of approval.

Sublime Chocolate Cake

Prices are reasonable, about $11-$22 for each entree.  Vegan, organic and natural fare.

This is a five carrot meal all around.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.sublimerestaurant. com  1431 N. Federal Hwy., Ft Lauderdale
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May 19, 2011

EnviroKidz Organic, Gluten-Free, Gelatin-Free Crispy Rice Treats

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

It’s rare to find a product that is sold nationwide, but still holds that family oriented, local farming mentality. Founded in 1985, but with much older roots dating back to the 1930’s, Nature’s Path (the owners/creators of EnviroKidz) have built a company through years of dedicated organic farming and family values. I was impressed reading through their quaint, but ample website that they have such strong connections with their workers and farmers. If you have a few moments, I would suggest you read through it a little too. I’ve included a link at the bottom of this post.

When you can place a story with the product you pick up in your hands, whether in a farmer’s market or in a grocery store, something special happens. The product is no longer just a cereal bar, just a piece of fruit, just a bag of rice – it becomes your connection with the hands that made it. And that makes enjoying the product just a little sweeter.

Opening the packaging of the crispy rice treat this morning, I was immediately greeted by the wafting scent of fresh fruit. I turned over the package and re-read the ingredients, noting that the bar contains both fresh freeze-dried raspberries and blueberries. Freeze-dried doesn’t always invoke the most pleasant of thoughts, but in this bar they are lovely. All ingredients are also USDA approved organic and gluten-free. While I don’t have children, I immediately thought why other products aren’t this health-conscious. This is what we should be feeding our children – not chemicals and preservatives, basically poisons.

Nothing artificial, almost vegan (it includes organic honey), made from gluten-free organic brown rice flour and tastes better than any other crispy rice treat out there. I don’t think a healthier sweet snack exists.

Visit http://www.EnviroKidz.com/ to check out their site, I really was impressed with the scope of their dedication to organic farming. Nature’s Path will also donate 1% of all proceeds to an environmental or children’s educational charity for every product you purchase.

April 27, 2011

Vegan on the Run

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Yesterday I needed something substantial for lunch, and since I decided this last minute, I ran out to the health food store near my job and took a peek around the freezer section. I wanted something quick, healthy and filling.

I found two items that fit into my diet, were gluten-free and vegan: Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie and Kettle Cuisine’s Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup. Both are organic, vegan, gluten-free and 150 calories or less.

As I’d never tried either of these before, I thought I’d do a short review for our readers and take a few photos (please excuse the quality, my iPhone was the only option for photography).

Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie  

150 Calories, 3g of Fat, 590 mg Sodium, 27g Carbohydrate, 4g Dietary Fiber, 2g Sugars, 5g Protein

Bottom line, this is filling and has decent texture/flavor for a frozen product. A thick vegetable stew topped with a polenta-like mash, for the amount of calories this really is a viable lunch option that is great for on the go.

Here is a photo of the cooked product:

I give it three carrots. It’s good, not amazing, but I’d eat it again when looking for a quick healthy lunch.

 

Kettle Cuisine Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup

100 Calories, 3g of Fat, 410 mg Sodium, 15g Carbohydrate, 5g Dietary Fiber, 9g Sugars, 1g Protein

I’m not good with spicy food, and when I bought this I didn’t think of the coriander. Therefore, anyone with a taste for heat may like this soup a lot better than I did. The soup itself is thick once you stir it and has a nice flavor, but the heat from the coriander overwhelmed me. It took two glasses of water in the middle just to continue eating it. But I did like the carrot flavor and it tasted very fresh, unlike many frozen meals.

Here is a photo of the cooked product:

I give this one three carrots, as well. Even though I personally would not purchase this again, it was not due to quality. My personal tastes just cannot handle the amount of spiciness this little soup packs!

Overview

The whole meal, for 250 calories, is filling and satisfying. Being a completely vegan meal (and me being an omnivore), this is a huge accomplishment for both brands. I really enjoy the quality that both Amy’s and Kettle Cuisine have upheld, and will continue to purchase their products.

Plus, each one was only $3.49 at my local health food store, so great on price, as well!

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Tell us! What are your favorite veg/vegan frozen meals?

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