March 28, 2017

Vegan Menu at Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill

Since moving to eating whole plant based, I've only dined out at two restaurants so far and they have both been stellar. My latest dining adventure was at Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill. This is a chain of restaurants in Southern California serving food made from natural, organic, non-GMO, ingredients with gluten free and vegan options. The restaurant's motto is "feel good about eating". It's always nice to find restaurants that are vegan or plant based friendly and transparent about the ingredients in their food. This is the vegan menu at the Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill I went to. The options include burritos, bowls, salads, and even a secret menu.

I ended up getting the organic tofu fajita bowl without sour cream and substituted grilled vegetables with steamed vegetables. The bowl also included black/pinto beans, guacamole and pico de gallo. At $9.49, the portion was quite large. I thought the marinaded tofu was well seasoned with a delicate texture. The salsa bar had a nice selection including fire roasted salsa, marinaded carrots, onion and cilantro.

It was a great first introduction to the vegan menu at Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill. I am looking forward to a return visit before I head out of Southern California. Maybe The AJ burrito is in my future. A whole wheat tortilla filled with organic rice, organic pinto beans, steamed broccoli and guacamole.

Have you been to Sharky's or have a recommendation? Leave me a comment.

March 23, 2017

Chayote Curry | Plant Based, Oil Free, Cast Iron Skillet

Chayote is in season! This pear shaped squash is a wonderful ingredient to have in the kitchen. After it's peeled, chayote can be eaten raw or cooked. Make sure to wear gloves when peeling chayote or you'll end up with some undesired residue on your hands. Raw chayote can be tossed into a salad and cooked chayote can be added to stews and soups. This week I decided to make a chayote curry with a new curry powder I picked up from Trader Joe's. The dish turned out really well and great on its own. Next time I might serve it over some rice or lentils.

March 21, 2017

Savory Oats with Beets and Kale | Plant Based, Oil Free, Instant Pot

Savory steel cut oats have become a go to breakfast meal recently. I love the crunchy texture of the oats and it works well with just about any ingredient. When I can find organic steel cut oats, that's what I buy. At $.17 per serving, it's a great item to have in stock packed with nutrients. My latest experiment with savory oats was slightly sweet with the addition of beets. If you're looking for a savory oats recipe that's slightly sweet, give this version a try.