Posts tagged ‘Vegetarian meals’

April 25, 2016

greenbar & Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale

by jem614

 

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I’ve driven this strip of Fort Lauderdale going towards A1A hundreds of times and didn’t realize that back inside one of the little strip malls, was a great Plant-based restaurant! I’ve never even heard of them till this past week!

They have this adorable little patio area that is draped in plants and greenery and kind of takes you out of feeling like you’re in the city.  Inside the restaurant it’s very hip and modern and fresh-feeling.  If you’re looking for a great place for just grabbing some lunch or actually want to take someone out for a casual date-night, it’s the place to go (hint hint-go take someone out this weekend).

I ordered the avocado toast because someone had recommended it somewhere and I didn’t want anything too heavy that night.  Four half-slices of toast with tons of avocado and yumminess piled on top.  My son ordered the nuggets of which he ate three and said he didn’t want anymore- no worries! Mommy saved room for that.  He’s a picky eater and has a hard time trying new things.   Literally, we eat three main items at home.  The nuggets weren’t my favorite but they were the typical vegetarian nugget- I expected the flavor, though it did have an interesting spice thrown in there.

He did however, devour that chocolate cupcake you see below and mommy had to slyly take a bite while he wasn’t looking.  Thank goodness they were offering tons of cupcake samples that night.
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On top of the wonderful food options, we were able to listen to a little info session on locally grown foods.  Check them out if you want to learn more about growing your own farm here locally or if you’d like to purchase some of their veggies and plants (just note that growing season in Florida for their veggies is coming to an end for them so now is the time to go before it’s over).  They also sell their own coconut milk.

A great evening all around, so glad I could use this opportunity to check out a new place.  Please let us know if you’ve ever visited and what you had when you were there- inquiring minds want to know what else is good!

For info on greenbar, go to : gb&k
For info on Harpke Family Farm, go to: Harpke Family Farm

May 7, 2015

Espresso House, Downtown Oslo (Norway)

by jem614

Mama Veg is travelling and we asked her to send us some great veggie places she’s found along the way so we can bring them to you!

Mama Veg: On my way home from visiting Kurdistan, I stopped in Oslo, Norway for some sight seeing and checked out The Espresso House.  T.E.H. is in downtown Oslo, just a few blocks from Royal Palace. The cappuccino I had was one of the best I have ever had!  The pastries looked scrumptious and everything was fresh.  The servers were friendly and the atmosphere was quiet and pleasant.  There were several vegetarian options in salads and sandwiches, a definite must for visiting Oslo.

The Espresso House can be found all over Oslo: http://www.espressohouse.com/hitta-oss/norge/oslo/

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March 5, 2015

Vegetarian/Vegan Meal Delivery South Florida

by jem614

As proponents of healthy eating, Ashley and I have tried many of the meal delivery services here in South Florida.  We thought we’d make you a short list so you know what is available and can try them for yourself.  It’s always great to be able to have your options laid out for you:

Supa Kitchen– Run by Kelsey Vasquez in Pembroke Pines- Current rates (as of March 2015) $70 for two meals a day for five days.  Please check with her to see how far she delivers.  She can do- vegetarian, 21 day fix, weight watchers meals. https://www.facebook.com/SUPAKitchenHollywood
Eco Healthy Meals– Out of business it appears
The Fresh Diet– I have done this one several times when they are on Groupon but can be a bit high otherwise $249 for 7 days.  http://www.thefreshdiet.com/
Fit2Go– Also one that I’ve done on Groupon- about $20 a day for two meals and you can add on extra meals. http://fit2gomeal.com/en/
Catered Fit– can deliver all your meals for the day- 5 day plan is $125 depending on your area.  http://www.cateredfit.com/meal-plans/vegetarian/
Wholly Kitchen– a little on the high side but looks amazing- 5 meals $250 Vegan option. http://www.thewhollykitchen.com/
22 Days Nutrition– Vegan meal delivery- you can choose from 1, 2 and 3 meals a day- 2 meals starts at $115 for 5 days.  https://www.22daysnutrition.com/vegan-meals-plan2.php
The Special– Vegetarian/Vegan Daily meal delivery starts at $14 a day for lunch. http://www.thespecialmiami.com/index.php

And of course you have your litany of grocery deliveries so you can make your own food at home:
Plated https://www.plated.com/
Blue Apron https://www.blueapron.com/
Hello Fresh https://www.hellofresh.com/

These are just a few, please send us anything we have missed on this list!!

February 12, 2015

Hello Fresh Meal #1 “Caramelized Shallot Risotto”

by jem614

I just received the Hello Fresh box yesterday and busted it open to make dinner last night. Ermergerd!!  I had to stop myself from eating the entire meal. I felt like the best chef in the world, I wanted to invite people over so I could force feed them my dinner.  I never knew you could eat two whole shallots in one serving and not be overwhelmed by the onion-y taste.  This was also the first time I baked them first before adding them to my meal.

The Hello Fresh box was on special for dirt cheap on Groupon a couple of weeks ago plus I had a 20% discount so I paid almost nothing for three whole meals for 2 people.  I would have paid much more at the grocery store.  It was worth every penny… and then some.  I can’t wait to make meal #2 and #3.

Meal delivery services are so much fun, if they are good, they can turn you into an expert chef in one meal.  I love that every single step is laid out for you and all you need to supply is the salt, pepper & oil (*butter as well this time).  Hello Fresh is definitely going to be ordered again in my home.

For more information on the Risotto, please go here:  https://www.hellofresh.com/recipe/week/current/

September 2, 2014

Starlite Vegan Enchiladas Rojas

by jem614

I’m so happy I found this Vegan Enchilada meal!

It’s a new brand for me, I’ve never heard of Starlite Cuisine but I found them at Nutrition S’mart last week.  I have to fill my macros by eating higher-protein meals and this one did semi-ok with 11 grams of protein.   Also on the plus side, you can actually pronounce their ingredients.  The taste was pretty good and somewhat spicy.

What sets this aside is that it uses a “pea protein” for the “meat” of the enchilada.  It didn’t taste OFF like I expected to so I was pleasantly surprised.  I think the packaging kind of throws me off, something about it makes me think it’s not going to taste good but I’m glad I pushed past it. Looking forward to other products from this company…

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For more info go to http://www.starlitecuisine.com/.

August 11, 2014

A Vegetarian Review of Blue Apron Meal Delivery

by ashley

Blue Apron is letting our first 50 readers get 30% off their first Blue Apron order – visit https://www.blueapron.com/vegontherun for all the details!

With so Blue Apron Upcoming Menu View Onlinemany meal delivery services on the market today, it’s been hard to sift through them all to see which are really worth the price. It’s true, $60 for three meals for two isn’t cheap, but if you calculate it in comparison with ordering take out on busy evenings, this becomes much cheaper. Blue Apron is the first meal delivery service I’ve tried where you cook your own meals. I like the idea since I do love to cook, yet still giving me three nights off from meal planning. All of the meals are listed as two portions unless you purchase a larger package, however I’ve found that some of the meals do give me enough to feed three. Blue Apron will hold your credit card information on file and you choose which weeks you would like to receive the delivery. You enter into the site, go to the Delivery Schedule section and can choose to skip one or all of the upcoming deliveries. You have until one week prior to finalize your selections. This gives you enough time to review the upcoming menu and decide if you’d like it to be delivered. I’ve been a member of Blue Apron for a few months before I took the leap, as I just wasn’t sure if I’d like the concept. They did not ever charge me anything for any of my skipped weeks.Skip Meals on Blue Apron

There are not many ways that you can customize the menu, you choose if you are vegetarian (at this time there is no vegan option) or if you eat meat, pork or seafood. However you can review the menu before ordering for that week, so you are able to skip that delivery if there are ingredients you do not like or have allergies to. Jessica and I shared this delivery, she prepared the Summer Saute, while I prepared the Potato Rosti and the Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants. All the ingredients were easy to split between us, so this is an option to split with a friend or family member. The box arrives via courier with ice packs to maintain freshness. You will need to refrigerate the ingredients as soon as possible, but it does stay fresh for a few hours after delivery.

Blue Apron IngredientsAll of the ingredients will be labeled with what they are (i.e. carrot, eggplant, basil, spice mix) and some will be inside paper bags with the recipe label (i.e. summer saute). You will also receive three recipe cards that have pictures and legible, easy to follow, step-by-step directions on how to prepare each meal. You simply read the card, choose the ingredients needed for that recipe and follow the detailed instructions. The two meals I prepared, the Potato Rosti and the Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants, took less than 45 minutes each to prepare, and that was with photos and notes in between to make this review. I can easily say that each could take only 20-30 minutes from start to finish if I hadn’t stopped in between.

Blue Apron IngredientsThis is a great option on hectic nights, as usually it takes just as long to decide on a restaurant, order and pick up a take-out meal. The meals were very healthy, delicious and even my meat loving fiancé loved them, he especially liked the Potato Rosti. The Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants was only enough for two servings, however the Potato Rosti would have been enough for three to have a nice meal. Overall I think this is a great option for those hectic weeks where I know I’ll be tempted to order take-out or delivery. I loved that the ingredients are fresh, whole ingredients, which is a much healthier alternative to many hectic mid-week meals as well. With each meal averaging about 500 calories, I could definitely see this as an accompaniment to a weight loss plan. Thanks Blue Apron for letting us try out your service and I look forward to ordering again in the future!

Blue Apron Quinoa Eggplant Vegetarian

Blue Apron Potato Rosti Vegetarian

April 7, 2014

Plated, In The Mail!

by jem614

Hey, it’s Jess again.  It’s been a long weekend, the cookie is getting so big and he’s talking up a storm.  I seriously think that he’s an alien sometimes because I can’t understand what he’s saying but he is definitely communicating something.  If ever there is an alien invasion, just give us a call and we’ll do some peace talks!

Anyway, with so much time spent with him and the hubs, I long for easy to cook meals that I don’t have to think about the ingredients.  This past week I found this deal on Facebook for Plated, a company that sends you all the ingredients and great recipes in the mail.  Doing all the hard work so you don’t have to.  The promotion was $20 for four meals the first time you order (I don’t believe it’s available anymore but please ask!), otherwise it’s $12.99/meal with $20 delivery fee (four meals).

I received an email on Friday with my FedEx info and waited around early Saturday afternoon for the delivery.  It came in this large box packed with two huge ice packs and foil cooler lining.
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I couldn’t help it, I was so excited about trying something new and different.  I ordered the “shakshuka” for myself and  a chicken dish for my  hubs (he loved the chicken but not the soba noodles).

Ashley has made the dish before and written about it here and because she liked it, I wanted to try it for myself.  There are other vegetarian options as well.

Every single ingredient, except the eggs, were packed (maybe because they could break too easily?) and mailed.  The box comes with a nice recipe on a 8×10 card stock page.  It’s laid out step-by-step and tells you exactly how to do everything.  Ingredients are labeled and sauces and spices come in little packets, these people could make a chef out of a chimp, honestly.

I’m completely in love with this concept and think it would be great for people that are on a diet- the recipes are fresh and healthy and it’s perfectly portioned.

My shakshuka was cooking beautifully in the oven on broil and then the worst thing happened.  My husband asked me to watch a youtube video of something funny and I forgot all about my little cookspiration!  It toasted a bit too long, if only they had included a timer in their box!

 

ShakshukaIt wasn’t completely ruined but it certainly didn’t look as pretty.  Plus the eggs were supposed to be lightly cooked instead of completely dry and hard.  It was still delicious and so much fun to make without having to worry if I got the ingredients right.  I will definitely keep the three free months of plated service I have been signed up for and possibly order another meal or two at home.  Just note that you are also required to pay a $10/month fee for membership.  You are not required to do the auto delivery but it is available for convenience.  It’s definitely not a cheap service and you could probably eat out for less but it’s fun and convenient.  Plus you can impress your friends with an incredible meal that you can say you cooked!

 

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Such a great concept and the recipes are amazingly simple and delicious.  Thank you Plated for making a chef out of me!

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/theplated or their website, https://www.plated.com/invites/1d455f

 

 

April 30, 2013

Healthy Eating and Good for the Environment- Eco Healthy Meals Service

by jem614

Jessica’s Review:

Update: ** Eco Healthy Meals has reduced the area they have increased their pricing.  They also (as of July 30th, 2014) are not currently accepting new business.  We are disappointed that they no longer deliver to our area but hope that they can get back on track in the future because it’s a great concept!

 

We’re both doing a review on this one as Eco Healthy Meals was kind enough to provide a day of meals for Ashley and myself.  We have also purchased a week of meals – I am receiving lunch and dinner and snack for the entire week and Ashley is getting lunch because she’s not lazy like I am ;0).

Here is my take: Everything was amazing, from the adorable delivery girl to the Eco friendly car, the biodegradable containers and silverware, all the way down to the detailed information.  Yesterday, I even got a flower in my dinner- OMG!

This is gourmet folks!  If you like the presentation of your food as much as you love the taste, this is the way to go.  I am completely in love and so grateful I found something that is healthy, contains superfoods like Kale and healthy grains such as farro and whole wheat.  The added bonus?  It’s only $90 a week for lunch and dinner!  Don’t tell me you don’t spend that already on your lunches when you go out to eat (and all of you prepared people, keep it to yourself! lol).

My only negative is that each day the calorie count is different and you have to add it all up yourself (ok, I admit this is laziness on my part).  It would be great to be able to get a full calorie count as well as the individual (yes, amazingly they even tell you how much your sauces are worth calorie-wise) for each meal.  Also, I prefer my tofu fried but I realize this isn’t healthy so I’m ok with the fact that it’s just lightly baked with some seasoning.  Maybe they can try sprouted tofu which is firmer?

Once again, thank you Eco Healthy Meals for changing my life.  I hope that you continue to stay inexpensive and delicious no matter how big you become…

For more information go to www.ecohealthymeals.com.

July 25, 2012

Litelife Vegetarian Meals- Move Over Lean Cuisine!

by jem614

Since finding out I have gestational diabetes, I have been trying to reduce certain things in my diet in order to keep myself and baby healthy.  I met with my nutritional counselor this week who told me that since my numbers were so low, I would most likely be able to control my diabetes with diet.  What a relief that was- but it also made me realize how much I don’t pay attention to what I eat- as long as my calories are under a certain amount and I’m eating veggies and grains- I was happy.

Our bodies don’t operate like that, or at least mine doesn’t.  I have been put on a carb-focused diet where it’s not necessarily about the sugars (apparently the sugars are included in the carbs).  Of course, you don’t want to be slamming back ice cream and candy bars all day but that’s obvious.  The counselor explained that I needed to stretch out my carb-eating evenly throughout the day.

Here is the plan:

Breakfast- no milk or fruit or anything with sugar.  I can have 30 grams of carbohydrates (2 Carb servings) with some type of protein (non-starchy veggies are welcome all day long).  If I can’t read a food label, I basically count each piece of carb as 1.  For example- one English muffin is actually 2 carbs servings because you count the top piece and the bottom.
Snack- 15 grams of Carbohydrates (1 carb serving).  I have found that this is one of the hardest to do.  Did you know that 1 piece of Bubble Yum is 6 carbs?  That’s crazy!  However, I found some nature valley granola bars that are under 15 grams and very happy!
Lunch (3 Carb Servings)-Favorite meal because you can have 45 grams for lunch.  So, this is where Litelife comes in!  Amy’s meals, though delicious and mostly healthy, often have more than 40 grams of carbs in each meal which leaves me feeling a little too close to my goal for comfort.  Litelife, a new brand in my grocery store, only had 31grams of carbs for the Tuscan Chick’n meal.  Obviously I’m not going to eat this for every meal but thank goodness for things like this!  Now, if I want to eat a little more, I can still eat another 14 grams of carbohydrates (or not).  The ingredients are mostly whole- the only negative is that it’s not organic but I know we can’t have everything.  It really felt like I was reheating something that I had made the night before – I could see large chunks of bell pepper, spinach, mushrooms, barley and the chik’n was actually good.
Afternoon Snack- 15 grams (1 Carb serving) – this is a good time to add in some celery and peanut butter or 1/2 a banana (yes, just a half).
Dinner- another 30-45 grams of carbohydrates (2-3 Carb Servings)- this is the hardest part of the day for me because I usually cook for myself and if I can’t read a label, I have a hard time telling how many carbohydrates.  Thankfully myfitnesspal.com has a way of checking carbs and calories so I use that.
After dinner snack- 15 grams (1 Carb serving)- did someone say popcorn?  If you make it yourself in the pan and don’t put tons of butter on it, it can be a nice 15 gram snack.

So there it is, I think it’s a great plan for those that have diabetes and those that don’t.  You don’t realize how much you’re eating till you start reading labels!

Check out the Litelife website at www.litelife.com.  Oh! and we’re going to be trying their Portobello Burger patties this weekend at the game- we’ll let you know how they turn out!

 

 

 

February 28, 2012

Gardein on the go? Yes! Lean Cuisine has it.

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Although I don’t encourage everyone to go out and stock up on a month’s worth of Lean Cuisine (frozen dinners are great if they are a once a week habit or if you’re strapped for cash one week and need to eat), I would say go out and try the new Gardein VeggieCuisine from Lean Cuisine.

I have been waiting for these little meals for months now- since the news came out that Gardein was pairing it’s “meatless” meat with LeanCuisine.  I’m a go-go-go person and sometimes need something that I can pick up and throw in the microwave.

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I would encourage you to be careful if you have to watch your salt intake as LeanCuisine can tend to be very high in sodium and preservatives are not the greatest thing for you either.  But I love the fact that I can now go find something with more substance in the freezer isle.  These will never take over my love for Amy’s but they are a good alternative when needed.

Be aware that these are NOT vegan and I know alot of people are unhappy about that but give them some time.  This is an incredible step in the right direction!

The Roasted Redpepper Fettuccini was really tasty and there was a good bit of chikin in there to make it more filling.  Alot of garlic but that seems to be LC’s signature taste.

Let us know what you think!

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