Friday, June 10, 2011

Avocado, Strawberry, and Grape Tomato Salad (Gluten-free, Soy-free)

Now that Summer is here, you can enjoy this refreshing salad using local organic summer produce brought to you by The Blissful Chef. Berries, peppers, and tomatoes are available now at the Dallas Farmer's Market!

Makes 2 to 4 servings26446_396572217787_253050212787_4893216_6065638_n


1 avocado, cubed
1 small carrot, thin matchsticks
7 grape tomatoes, halved
4 strawberries, greens removed, cut in thick slices
1/2 cup yellow pepper, thinly sliced
6 butter lettuce leaves, washed and torn
Pinch pepper and sea salt
Balsamic vinaigrette (store-bought or made from scratch)


Toss salad ingredients together in a medium bowl with the amount of vinaigrette you prefer. Serve immediately.


This recipe comes from Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet by The Blissful Chef. It's now available for pre-order on Amazon. The Blissful Chef teaches healthy cooking classes every Wednesday and Sunday. See her website for more details. Present your Forks Over Knives movie stub for $10 off any class!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Dallas Vegan Thanksgiving Holiday Guide

If it wasn’t obvious with the cooler weather, the time change bringing an early loss of daylight should make it quite apparent that fall is fading fast and winter is right around the corner. If it’s still not obvious, perhaps a quick trip to most retail stores who are busy erecting their holiday displays (already looking forward to December) will remind you that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Either way, it’s time to start getting your head-right-with-Tofurky. Here’s a quick holiday guide for ways to get your Thanksgiving fix on November 25th without the fuss – happy dining!


image courtesy Velo Steve


Holiday Meals To-Go

Vegans get three great options for meals this Thanksgiving;


Spiral Diner (Dallas & Fort Worth)spiral

Spiral’s closed for Thanksgiving, but that’s no reason to miss out on their home-style vegan goodness for the holiday. They’re cookin’ up  Tofurkys, Celebration Roasts, and all the fixins & desserts to order and enjoy at home.

Said fixins include (but are not limited to)

  • Sesame Glazed Green Beans
  • Whipped Coconut Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
  • Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Cranberry Pecan Dressing
  • Mac n’ Cheese (yessss!)
  • …and other Spiral favorites

Orders are due by Sunday, November 21st and must be picked up during regular business hours on Tuesday the 23th or Wednesday the 24th. Check out the order form online, or head to either restaurant to submit your order.


Whole FoodsIMG_1813 (Various Locations)

This year Whole Foods is offering a full vegan holiday dinner including:

  • Wild Rice Cranberry Fig Field Roast En Croute
  • Vegan  Mashed Potatoes
  • Cinnamon-Dusted Butternut Squash
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Wild Mushroom-Sage Gravy
  • Cranberry-Mandarin Orange Relish.

Get more information online or visit the Whole Foods near you.


Cafe Elite (Plano)

Fresh off their Grand Opening celebration, Cafe Elite is also offering a vegan holiday meal comprised of:

  • Classic stuffing & gravy
  • Green IMG_2589beans
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gardein Chick’n cutlets.

Price is $13.95 per meal. For dessert, add a slice of pumpkin pie for $3, or “cheese” cake for $3.95.

Orders are due by Wednesday, November 17th and must be picked up during regular business hours on Tuesday the 23th or Wednesday the 24th.

Visit the store to order, or call (469) 828-0607 for more details.

1501 Preston Rd No. 800
Plano, TX


Holiday Meals Dine-in


Kalachandji’s (Dallas)

Kalachandji’s will host their annual Thanksgiving day (Thursday the 25th) buffet with dining typical Thanksgiving favorites such as:

  • Tofu Turkey & Dressing
  • Candied Yams
  • Green Beans
  • …and more

Price is $15.95 per person. Seating Hours for lunch are 11:30am - 3:00pm and dinner from 5:30pm - 9:00pm.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

2010 Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off - November 7th


The 22nd Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off in Round Rock, Texas is just around thelsvn_chili_cookoff2010 corner on Sunday,  November 7th. It’s your chance to sample an array of delicious vegan chili as teams from all over Texas compete for cash prizes and the right to be named “best in Texas.”

Head down to Round Rock for a day full of food, music, and tasty food. Visit for more details.

Interested in entering your own chili, or being part of a team? Call Ricky Burke at 972-235-5665 or 214-460-3385.







2010 Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off
Old Settlers Park 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock, Texas
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010
11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Make Your Reservations for Next Week’s Dallas Vegan Week!

Working in conjunction with Mercy For Animals’ restaurant outreach Salum2_DallasVeganWeek program, five upscale Dallas eateries will each offer delectable vegan dishes on their menus for the entire week starting Monday, October 24.

By offering vegan menu items, these progressive restaurants are helping to promote a compassionate, healthy, and delicious way of eating.

Invite your friends – veg*n or not – to head to any one (or every one!) of these restaurants – it’s a perfect opportunity to show your friends how exciting an expertly crafted vegan meal can taste (and look) – as well as demonstrate to chefs how offering meals such as these is good for business year ‘round.

Visit the event website for details on joining our friends at MFA for special dine-out events taking place at each restaurant throughout the week.

Dallas Vegan Week - Participating Restaurants

Salum Restaurant

4152 Cole Avenue, Suite 103
(214) 252-9604

Tempura Cauliflower and Broccolini with White Bean Puree, Capers, Currants and Almonds (pictured above)
Chefs Abraham Salum and Al Havens

The Second Floor

13340 Dallas Parkway (in the Westin Galleria)
(972) 450-2978

Soba Noodle Salad with Baby Bok Choy, Thai Chili Vinaigrette and Asian Pears
Chef J. Chastain

Tillman's Roadhouse

324 West 7th Street (in the Bishop Arts District)
(214) 942-0988

Grilled Marjoram and Garlic Marinated Local Tofu Steak with Roasted Red Pepper BBQ and Lentil-Corn Salad
Chef Dan Landsberg


5450 West Lovers Lane, Suite 225
(214) 350-6100

Chanterelle Mushroom Ravioli with Cauliflower and Olive Oil Emulsion and Roasted Mushroom Dust
Chef Scott Gottlich

Stephan Pyles Restaurant

1807 Ross Avenue, Suite 200
(214) 580-7000

Surprise New Millennium Southwestern Vegan Dish
Chef Matt McCallister