Native Foods Cafe

Last night was the second time I’ve had food from Native Foods and it is awesome! Everything is vegan and everything is delicious! Sesame kale macro bowl, Oklahoma bacon cheeseburger, Soul bowl-yum! And there’s a kids’ menu with the standard fare, but it’s all vegan! The only dessert we’ve had is the oatmeal cream pie and it is truly decadent. And you can order online for pick-up (especially great for those of us who hate the phone!) If you’re lucky enough to live in Southern California, Chicago, Portland, or Boulder, check out this restaurant immediately!

-Abby

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Nori Summer Salad

👠 – How crazy is it that my last post was in JULY?? Downright shameful I say! It would seem that I have some catching up to do! Cleaning too mind you, as I type I see the dust rubbing off the letters on my keyboard…. good ol’ technology, if these were the days of pen and paper one thing is for sure, my ink would be a dried up mess!  Anyhow, while I was slightly absent on this side of Cyberspace I was rather active in my house and in the kitchen. I tell you, there certainly is no shortcut for eating healthy. It takes a whole lot of time and energy to throw together interesting, tasty and supremely healthy meals that every member of the family can enjoy…. and it is no joke my friends with a 1 and a 2 year old running around. Sometimes I get REALLY overwhelmed by the need to constantly having to re-invent the home menu. I was brought up to cook with what we had at hand.  We had a little vegetable garden with not too much to choose from so come mealtime, you take a handful of this, a pinch of that, a scoop of this and so forth…. this is what I call Freestyle Cooking. This is also in my case a recipe for monotonous cooking. Anybody else identify with this? I feel like everything I make always ends up tasting more or less the same?? Not cool!  So lately I’ve been more adventurous and this recipe is what happened! My awesome friend and co-blogger Abby made me the Nori Wrap recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet. I fell head over heels in love with NORI!! I found myself buying 50 sheets of it at Wholefoods and using it in every way possible.

This little salad here was created after I had a semi-meltdown. Same stupid flavors frequenting my tastebuds day in and day out makes Naómi a dangerous girl. Time to pull out the Nori and spruce up the old salad!

Nori Summer Salad

•  ¼ Red Onion, finely chopped
•  1 ½ Pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved or 4/5 Tomatoes diced
•  1 Ripe Avacado, chopped
•  1 Can of Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained (Rinsing reduces the sodium content) alternatively soak and boil ’em yourself!
•  1 head of Romaine Lettuce cut into strips
•  2 tbsp Ume Plum Vinegar (Not a train smash if you don’t have this, but it does give it a nice oomph!)
•  5-10 Sheets of Nori, cut into small strips (I cut along the perforated lines using my kitchen scissors, stack ’em on top of each other to cut slivers)
•  Salt to taste (Ume Vinegar is already salty!)
•  Freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

Toss it all together. THAT IS IT! Enjoy!

I have been reading up a storm lately!

I’ve been reading cookbooks, books on nutrition, and even a little bit of fiction! I just got Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin from the library-he is Ellen & Portia’s chef and even though I haven’t made anything from it yet, a lot of recipes look good, especially the homemade ravioli, the faux pho, and the chocolate chip magic bars.  Awhile back I took out My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow and there are a lot of vegan recipes-the oatmeal raisin cookies and kale fried rice are excellent!  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s 30 Day Vegan Challenge is very informative, especially if you’re first starting out eating vegan.  I’ve also been rereading The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone and The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn.  There are some great recipes in those as well as a lot of  vegan nutrition information.  Alicia’s Hearty Pinto Bean Stew is one of my staples (I serve it with Gwyneth’s kale fried rice!) and Rip’s Jane’s Jammin’ Burritos are delicious.  And if you have kids, Karen Le Billon’s French Kids Eat Everything might make you want to move to Paris!

-Abby

Let me introduce myself…

I grew up in the beautiful state of Ohio, went to college in North Carolina, and moved to Los Angeles where I now live with my husband and son. In recent years whenever I ate meat, I thought, “Why am I eating this?” I ate it because it was there. It was when my friend, Naomi, told me she had gone vegan that I thought, “Wow, you can do that?”  So I started educating myself on the topic and became vegan myself about a year ago. My son was one at the time and he became vegan, too. We became vegan because it’s the right thing to do for your body and for the planet, plain and simple!

-Abby

To Watch or Not to Watch?

Not for the faint of heart….

There have been a lot of documentaries made recently about food and not all of them are great!  But Super Size Me  (2004) was the first to open up our eyes about nutrition.  Vegucated (2010) is also another awesome documentary. The part on factory farming alone will make you never want to eat meat again!  Food, Inc. (2008), Food Matters (2008), Forks Over Knives (2011), and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010) are some other interesting films.