Month: August 2011

True Food Kitchen

I was so excited to try True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica over the weekend. I have heard so many great things about this restaurant and they did not disappoint. Everything I ate was delicious and I can’t wait to go back. True Food Kitchen’s motto is Simple, Fresh & Pure. Even though there healthy menu is packed with nutrients, vegetables, whole grains & proteins they never sacrifice flavor. True Food Kitchen’s entire menu is centered on the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Food Pyramid. True Food Kitchen is located in the new Santa Monica Place Mall. I know parking in Santa Monica is a pain, but True Food offers free valet parking! I started with the Medicine Man antioxidant blast (I ran into my friend Corinne as I was walking in and she recommended it so I gave it a try). This refreshing drink is packed with olivello juice, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, black tea, soda water & blueberries. After my yummy drink I had the shiitake & tofu lettuce cups made with ginger, cashews, & toasted …

Vegan Tomato Bisque

I LOVE tomato soup and making it homemade is so easy. Here is one of my favorite recipes by Tal Ronnen. Sea Salt 4 tablespoons of Earth Balance 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 3 cloves garlic, smashed 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour 5 cups “fo-chicken broth” (I use Better Than Bouillon) 1 (28-ounce) can whole fire-roasted tomatoes, juice included 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs 1 bay leaf Fresh ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups cashew cream parsley for garnish Cashew Cream: 2 cups whole cashews rinsed very well Put cashews in a bowl and add cold water to cover them. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight. Drain the cashews and rinse under cold water. Place in a blender with enough fresh cold water to them by 1 inch. Blend on high for several minutes until smooth. Tomato Bisque: 1. Place a large stockpot over medium heat. sprinkle the bottom with a pinch of salt and heat 1 minute. Add the Earth Balance and stir …

I Love Doughnuts! (baked cake doughnuts)

I made some delicious baked sugar doughnuts this morning and I wanted to share the recipe. I bought my doughnut pan from Sur La Table and it came with recipes on the cover. These doughnuts were so easy to make and I am so into baked doughnuts instead of fried. Baked Cake Doughnuts: 2 cups cake flour 3/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup buttermilk (I used Coconut milk) 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons melted butter (I used Earth Balance) Preheat oven to 425. Spray Doughnut Pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs and butter. Beat until just combined. fill each doughnut cup approximately 2/3 full. Bake 7-9 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched. let cool in pan for 4-5 minutes before removing. Finish doughnuts with cinnamon sugar. Doughnuts are best served fresh! Cinnamon Sugar: 2 tablesppons sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons …

Vegan Corn Chowder

Corn chowder is my favorite soup so I was thrilled to find a vegan recipe. I enjoyed every single bite of this soup! ENJOY!!!! Corn Chowder from The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen serves:6 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups diced Vidalia onions 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 celery stalk, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 red bell pepper, de-ribbed and cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 dried chipotle pepper 5 cups faux chicken stock (try Better Than Bouillon brand) 2 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice 2 fresh thyme sprig Kernels from 6 ears of corn, plus 2 ears roasted or grilled corn 1 1/2 cups thick Cashew Cream (see below for recipe) Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons minced chives 1/2 cup diced tomato Place a large stockpot over medium heat.  Sprinkle the bottom with a pinch of salt and heat for 1 minute.  Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds, being careful not to let it smoke.  This will create a nonstick effect. Add …