Vegetarian dish

Veggie Grill, Go Green and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today was a busy day filled with Irish dance performances in school, tennis practice and all the green activities. When I looked at my watch it was time for lunch and what a better place to eat out then Veggie Grill. We love this restaurant. It is fun, urban, modern atmosphere. Food is very good and service is super:)
Fresh ingredients nicely prepared and tasty. Our favorite item on the menu is Bali Bliss.

Bali Bliss is Indonesian style tempeh sauteed and grilled. Comes on the wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle ranch. Blackened upon request. Price is right $6.75. Sweet potato fries is excellent, super crunchy and nicely seasoned. Sandwich comes with side of home made chili or cabbage slaw.
Lemonade is wonderful addition to this meal. They have many varieties but strawberry is my favorite.
“The Veggie Grill menu of delicious specialties are rich in protein and other nutrients and are free of cholesterol, animal fat and trans fat. The Veggie Grill serves wholesome food. By wholesome, we mean good calories and good fats that are 100% plant-based.”
They have several locations throughout the Los Angeles area:

8000 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone 323.822.7575 | hours 11am to 11pm

Santa Monica
2025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone 310.829.1155 | hours 11am to 10pm

Plaza El Segundo
720 Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone 310.535.0025 | hours 11am to 10pm

Rolling Hills Plaza – Opening March 21st
2533 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505
Phone 310.325.6689 | hours 11am to 10pm

University Center – Irvine
4213 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone 949.509.0003 | hours 11am to 10pm

Irvine Spectrum Center
81 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone 949.727.9900 | hours 11am to 10pm

Farmers Market – Opening Summer 2011
110 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone 323.933.3997 | hours 11am to 10pm

Be healthy, Go green and Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody:)

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Asparagus stems are officially here, fresh on the Farmers market stands. I love to buy asparagus when it’s thin with deep green color…. best texture and flavor.
Usually roast the same with little salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil but today I decided to make a soup, cream soup. The great thing about Asparagus soup is that you can serve it cold or hot whatever you prefer. Today it will be cold asparagus soup. You can even make it and take it along with you, if you go for the picnic, hike or even to work. It has refreshing, creamy and super tasty flavor. This soup is made without any added fat, so it is even more healthier.

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Makes 4 cups


2 bunches of fresh asparagus
1 pear
1 red onion, broiled
sea salt, for taste
freshly ground pepper corns for the taste
1/2 cup non fat sour cream
1/2 cup non fat half&half
1 cup broth (from asparagus)

Wash and cut asparagus, coarse ends. Cut off the the tips and leave them for roasting and decoration.
Peal the onion and put it in the broiler till grilled texture is visible and aroma fill in the kitchen:)
Using medium sauce pan add: asparagus, pear, onion, pepper and little salt.
Boil for 30 minutes. Strain and keep the broth. In the meantime preheat the oven to 400F, roast tips of asparagus little seasoned for 5-12 minutes.
Using blender

pour the ingredients slowly, add sour cream, half&half, salt and pepper.

Blend on medium, gradually adding broth till desired consistency.

Serve in the soup dish and garnish with crunchy roasted asparagus tips.

Bon Appetit

If you substitute half & half and sour cream with regular variety-gluten free this soup will be gluten free:)
Asparagus contains useful amounts of calcium, magnesium and iodine and is an excellent source of folic acid. Moreover, vitamins A, C and E are also well supplied.
Just ½ cup of cooked asparagus provides about 25% of the RDA for folic acid and more than 80% of the RDA for vitamin C.


Healthy Roasted Vegetables:)

You know me, I am practicing healthy food almost every day but I would love to put this post in special healthy category because it is very healthy, good for you dish plus very easy to make and super delicious….can be combined with meats or just by it’s self, vegetarian style.

Key to this dish is fresh vegetables, from your garden or Farmers market. Aroma and flavors will really pop out and you’re will have fabulous dish.
I chose 4 winter favorites: Carrots, Yellow-creamy Potatoes, Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes(Beauregard).
If you need you can trim or peel veggies a little bit first.

Off course little seasoning is the must. I chose rosemary for the potatoes, garlic for parsnip, pecans for sweet potatoes and just a sea salt for the carrots, little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil here and there, crumbs of sea salt, fresh grounded black peppercorns, if you have on hand orange or mandarin peal ….that’s even better, and well heated oven on 450F.
But there is a catch:)
Like my favorite Chef Jamie Oliver advises, great thing to do is to pre-boil vegetables for 8-12 minutes.

Then when veggies are drained put them in the shallow pan, arrange, season and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Serve veggies warm because they will be crisp and in it’s best!

And now few good words for the vegetables:

Carrot is one of the most healing foods that provides the finest and highest quality in nutrients, especially from its juice. It is an excellent source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.
It is rich with biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic sodium and some trace minerals.

Parsnip is low in Saturated Fat, Sodium, and Cholesterol and very high in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Manganese, and Potassium.

Yellow potatoes
45% of the daily value for vitamin C, 620 mg potassium, comparable to bananas, spinach and broccoli, trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zinc and only 110 calories and no fat.

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also a very good source of vitamin C and manganese. In addition, sweet potatoes are a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. Among root vegetables, sweet potatoes offer the lowest glycemic index rating. That’s because the sweet potato digests slowly, causing a gradual rise in blood sugar so you feel satisfied longer.

Sweet Potatoes