Ever since I started grilling vegetables I do not want to stop! They are so great on everything (and not to mention that there is NO clean-up)! This salad included greens, cucumber, tomato and then grilled zucchini, peppers and onions and a side of beautiful shrimp!
veggie salad with feta crumbles
side of grilled shrimp (amazing!!!)
karyn’s is a place I’m longing to go back to and I was just there a few days ago. It was a great girls’ night dinner and a very memorable evening. It was hard to pick what to get because EVERYTHING sounded delicious. We decided on 2 appetizers and 2 entree’s. Everything. Was. AMAZING. I think that eating at a raw restaurant always inspires me to experiment when I get home. I can’t wait to make some fun nut cheeses. Unfortunately we were there too late to check out the raw salad and juice bar but it is definitely a place that I want to visit again on my next visit to Chicago. Onto the meal…
Nachos: crispy corn tortilla chips with guacamole, sweetened sour cream, black olives, marinated red onions and caramelized jalapeno’s
Cheeseplate: an assortment of 4 home-made seasoned cheeses accompanied by fruit, nuts and flax crackers
Pad Thai: thin sliced coconut noodles in a jungle peanut base cream sauce with marinated shitake mushrooms, julienned peppers and a cilantro oil drizzle
Empanadas: flax and corn masa pastry dough stuffed with 3 pepper chorizo and a house blend chili spice. Served with authentic raw chocolate mole and a salsa verde
ladies of the evening…
As I write this my mouth is currently on fire…I must have gone a little overboard on the sriracha tonight… oh well, it was worth it! Dinner consisted of red wine and pizza.
Obviously I was in total food heaven… It doesn’t really get any better than that!
This meal was about as local as could be – the crust (which was a delicious gluten-free crust from French Meadow Bakery), Sun-dried tomato basil gouda cheese from Eichten’s, and some veggies from Lund’s (ok, I will admit – I don’t think the green pepper and onion are local).
Sometimes the simple things in life are the best, huh?
What are your favorite pizza toppings? I am not picky at all when it comes to pizza and will pretty much take anything! 🙂
I’m off to pack for a short trip to Chicago – it is one of those days where I don’t like ANY of the clothes I have….ahhh, what to pack, what to pack??
I will admit that I’m not actually a huge fan of walnuts, so I wasn’t instantly drawn to the Walnut burger but I had the chance to sample it at a food show and it really is delicious. It is so different from the other “veggie” aka soy burgers I’ve had – in a good way!
This burger was made famous at the Trempealeau Hotel restaurant in Trempealeau, WI and is their top-selling item. They serve it on a whole-wheat kaiser roll with sprouts, tomatoes and mayo along with a variety of other ways (think stuffed mushrooms, walnut balls and spaghetti, etc.) I’m also trying to send my parents there for a weekend (the hotel looks adorable) if they can ever get away 🙂
I know they will be available around the Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa area so check your local co-ops!
I served mine with a salad, broccolini and a spicy sriracha remoulade sauce. In the sauce: 1 Tbsp. sriracha sauce and 1 Tbsp. mayo.
Walnut Burger Ingredients:
Walnuts, cheddar cheese, low fat mozzarella (we are in Wisconsin here….), bread crumbs, onions, tamari, organic eggs, canola oil, herbs and spices.