It’s Not Easy Eating Green
My clever Vegetarian dodge tonight was pasta with marinara sauce. I should get some credit for using a tri-color rotini with spinach and tomatoes in the noodles. The kids made enough faces at the weird noodles that they should count as a vegetable. I couldn’t just serve noodles with sauce so while the noodles were cooking I buttered some bread, sprinkled it with garlic salt and threw it in the oven for five minutes. Yum. A good meal with no meat.
My real vegetarian challenge for the day came at lunch time. My boss took us for a team outing at Crave, which is probably best described as a trendy Applebees. It’s better than that sounds, but I can’t think of how else to put it. If you are curious just click the link. They have a lot of amazing items on their menu, but not many of them are vegetarian. After some careful perusing I was limited to about 3 or 4 choices. I suppose I could have asked for one of the other dishes without meat, but I thought that would be cheating. They have a grilled portabello sandwich that I considered, but it sounded too much like what I am making out of Damn Good Food this weekend. There was a Sesame Ahi Tuna dish that almost made me decide on the spot that seafood isn’t meat, but I stayed strong. In the end I had a personal size Fresh Margherita pizza and one of their signature salads. They were both very tasty. I was going to get a cup of soup instead of the salad, but when I asked the Soup of the Day was Venison Chili. Eating Bambi is probably as far away from eating vegetarian as you can get, so I went with the salad. It had pine nuts and goat cheese in it which I think made it more satisfying than a typical garden salad.
Now I’m off to braise some fennel.
Damn Good Vegetarian Quote of the Day:
I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals; I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.
– A. Whitney Brown