It’s more than a trend – vegan dishes are here to stay! Think beyond a boring salad and dream of dishes made with a rainbow of vegetables and fruits, fiber-rich legumes and whole grains and delicious meat alternatives. Talented eco-conscious chefs throughout Newport Beach are finding innovative ways to put the flavor back in nutritious food — minus the animal bits. Here are some of our favorite clean, plant-based eats to try this season!
Butternut Squash Pizza at True Food Kitchen Newport Beach
Indulging in comfort cuisine is easy when it’s topped with heart-healthy nutrients. The butternut squash pizza at True Food Kitchen is made with stone-fired, hand-stretched artisan dough. The mouthwatering pie is topped with flavorful, seasonal ingredients such as sweet butternut squash, caramelized onion, roasted garlic, vegan almond ricotta and organic kale.
Broccoli, Spinach and Green Curry Soup at Zinque
Campbell’s canned variety may have given broccoli soup a bad rap, but haute chefs are jazzing up this vitamin B, fiber and calcium-rich vegetable. Ordered as an entrée or appetizer, Zinque’s house-made Broccoli Curry Soup is the perfect starter to a cold, winter day. Broccoli, green curry, spinach and coconut milk are gently simmered together, puréed and topped with cilantro to create a warming vegan dish.
Jackfruit Birria Tamale at Gracias Madre
Gracias Madre has shaken up vegan gastronomy with their out-of-this-world plant-based take on traditional Mexican cuisine. Using only local, organic ingredients, each dish is prepared from scratch with love for Mother Earth. Try their delicious jackfruit birria tamale made with salsa roja, avocado crema, almond cotija and pickled onions for a flavor explosion!
Vegan Chocolate Delight at Jan’s Health Bar
Unfortunately, chocolate is not vegan due to the use of dairy products. You don’t need to look far to satisfy your chocolate craving though! The Vegan Chocolate Delight at Jan’s Health Bar uses plant-based cacao powder, carob, banana, date and almond milk to hit the spot of even the biggest chocolate lover.