Eating to Live on the Outside: Roots

Happy Saturday! I’m hungry. Let’s grab something to eat. Today we’re off to California and stuffing our faces at Roots, a vegan restaurant serving kind food for kind folks. How cute.

Roots really measures up, a totally workable place for Eating to Live on the Outside, tons of vegetables and other cool stuff. So, here’s a quick list of food I might try out:

Farmers Market Salad

  • Mixed greens, seasonal veggies, shallot Dijon vinaigrette and slice of bread; I’m okay with the bread, but dressing on the side.

Taco Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, black beans, carrots, avocado, salsa, jicama, blue corn chips, pepitas and lemon garlic dressing; I can handle the chips and same deal with the dressing.

Avo Sandwich

  • Cucumber, avocado, red onion, sundried tomato, Romaine lettuce, sunflower sprouts, vinaigrette and mustard on wholegrain bread; lots of great stuff here!

Cilantro Hummus Wrap

  • Carrot, cilantro, hummus, sundried tomato, red onion, zataar and lemon balsamic vinaigrette and whole wheat wrap; I really like sundried tomatoes.


  • Black beans, salsa, avocado, pepitas and lemon garlic dressing and whole wheat wrap; no complaints here.

Thai Peanut Avo Wrap

  • Jicama, avocado, cucumber, sprouts, carrot, Romaine lettuce, cilantro, mint, green onion and peanut sauce and whole wheat wrap; I’ll pretty much eat anything with avocado.

Porto Sandwich

  • Grilled Portobello mushroom, sundried tomato, basil, Romaine lettuce and lemon balsamic vinaigrette on ciabatta bread; mushrooms are cool and I’m fine with the bread.

H.A.P. Sandwich

  • Cilantro hummus, artichoke hearts, Portobello mushroom, sundried tomato, basil, red onion, Romaine lettuce and lemon balsamic vinaigrette on ciabatta; I dig it.

Raw Wrap Avocado

  • Sunflower sprouts, avocado, beets, seasonal local veggies, collard greens and raw lemon garlic dressing; hard to do better than beets and collard greens.

Certainly plenty of good stuff to choose from, but if I REALLY had to pick something. I’d order the Taco Salad or the Raw Wrap Avocado, although I am leaning towards the wrap.

Here’s the sad part. Roots appears to be looking for a new location. So let’s hope they find one soon. But for now, check out Roots’ menu and let me know what you’d go for. Peace.

Image credit: Roots

Go Get Some Root Veggies!

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, a practicing nutritionist in upstate New York, loves root vegetables, stuff like carrots, turnips, jicama, beets and radishes. She likes that they’re cheap, perfect for these economic tough times. They’ve got a long self life, some as long as 3 weeks! And veggies, like parsnips and rutabagas are high in potassium, which helps to control blood pressure; via CalorieLab.

Root vegetables, such as beets and carrots, are packed with fiber and powerful antioxidants, like cartonoids and betacyanin, which protect against cancer by inhibiting cell mutations. And these anti-cancer properties are also found in other fruits and veggies, like nuts, beans, peppers, tomatoes, oranges and especially leafy greens, such as broccoli and watercress.

Now, beets are great for making healthy desserts and you can totally find them on the cheap. I once found a pile of beets and turnips for under a buck!

Image credit: Lisa Norwood

Eating to Live on the Outside: Flore Vegan Cuisine

It’s Saturday, time to cut loose, time to eat! And this week Eating to Live on the Outside heads to Silverlake, California to check out Flore’s Vegan Cuisine.

Okay, I just finished looking at Flore’s menu and I really like what I see. Kale pops up everywhere! Here’s a list of stuff I might order:

Tofu Scramble

  • Kale, tofu, mushroom, tomato, onion, toasted batard and fruit or potatoes; I’d skip the batard and go with the fruit.

Cantaloupe Blueberry Gazpacho

  • Agave nectar, cubed cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, avocado and mint garnish; sounds very creative.


  • Whole soybeans served with tamari and lemon; go easy on the tamari, but edamame beans rock!

Crispy Kale

  • Kale chips with orange slices; it’s pretty hard to beat kale.

Fusion Rolls

  • Nori, black beans, jicama, carrot, red bell pepper, daikon sprout, cashew cheese, lime wedges and tamari citrus dipping sauce; just watch the sauce.

The Salad

  • Mixed baby greens, tofu egg salad, shredded carrot, baked tofu, roasted beets, edamame salad, tomato, avocado and daikon sprouts, served with hummus and dressing; I’d nix the egg salad and get the dressing on the side.

Mediterranean Salad

  • Baby greens, tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives, quinoa tabouli, hummus and olive oil vinaigrette; I’ll pass on the olives, same deal with the dressing.

Mega Green Salad

  • Mixed greens, daikon radish, micro greens, mint leaves, shredded kale, light orange dressing and a side of raw walnuts; looks really good.

The Flore Burger

  • Black been burger, sliced tomato, sprouts, red onion, green leaf lettuce and thousand island dressing, served with potato salad, side salad or fruit; I’d order a side salad and pay extra for avocado!

Portabella Panini

  • Marinated portabella, soy mozzarella, kale, ciabatta bread and dill dressing, served with potato salad, side salad or fruit; I’ll pass on the cheese and the bread is a little iffy, but I’m okay with it.

The Wrap

  • Baked tofu, roasted vegetables, shredded kale, brown basmati rice, tofu dressing and a wheat tortilla, served with potato salad, side salad or fruit; dressing on the side and I’ll go with salad again.

Quinoa Tabouli Wrap

  • Hummus, quinoa tabouli, mixed greens, shredded carrot, cucumber, brown basmati rice and tahini dressing served with potato salad, side salad or fruit; same deal here too.

Basmati Brown Rice Bowl

  • Crispy kale, brown basmati rice, shredded carrot, raw sunflower seeds, lime wedges, daikon sprouts, avocado and dressing, with baked tofu or teriyaki seitan on the side; I’d go for the baked tofu.

Jicama Tacos

  • Julianned seasoned jicama, kale, chopped cilantro, raw sunflower seeds, raw cashew cheese, pico de gallo, green leaf lettuce, lime wedges and dehydrated mango slices; it all looks good.

That’s a lot of food! Personally, I’d either order The Salad, The Flore Burger or the Mega Green Salad. In general, I always try to order something with greens, just my own little rule.

By now you’re probably getting hungry. So, thumb through Flore’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Do you like my picks or something else—do tell, do tell! Peace.