Eating to Live on the Outside: Cru

It snowed in New Jersey this week. Making me desperate for nice weather! That’s why Eating to Live on the Outside is taking a mental trip to Cru, in sunny Los Angeles, California.

And Cru serves up a lot of good stuff. So, after going through the menu, here’s a list of stuff I’d consider stuffing my face with. Take a look:

Mezze Platter

  • Cucumber tzatziki, beet, apple salad, fig pate, cashew cheese, flax crackers and garlicky kale; provided the tzatziki is dairy-free, it’s very cool!

Deep Green Salad

  • Marinated kale, avocado, tomatoes, sprouts, sunflower seeds and chili lime dressing; sounds great, but I’d order the dressing on the side.

House Salad

  • Field greens, avocado, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, sunflower seeds and chili lime dressing; same deal, dressing on the side.

Strawberry Cucumber Mint Salad

  • Field greens, strawberry, cucumber, mint and lemon poppy seed dressing; again with the dressing.

Yellow Thai Curry

  • Creamy coconut curry and julienned veggies; just as long as there is no dairy.

Pesto Wrap

  • Cashew cheese, pesto, cabbage, field greens, onions, cucumber, sprouts and Caesar dressing wrapped in a collard leaf with sweet potato chips; the pesto might have oil, but I can deal with it and I’d ditch the chips and order dressing on the side.

Greek Wrap

  • Avocado, cucumber, tzatziki, alfalfa, field greens, olives, mint and red onions wrapped in a collard leaf with sweet potato chips; I’d pass on the chips and olives.

Channa Masala

  • Indian chickpea stew over quinoa; hard to beat that combination.

Pumpkinseed Walnut Chorizo Wrap

  • Sautéed bell peppers, pumpkinseed, zucchini, onions and chorizo, wrapped with field greens, tomatoes, avocado and cilantro in a collard leaf; certainly a lot of cool stuff, veggie chorizo sounds interesting, I might order this.

Sweet Potato Curry

  • Chickpeas, spinach, sweet potato, curry and tomatoes served with quinoa; sounds good, but it could be salty, I’d ask first.

Pan-Seared Kabocha Squash

  • Beets, walnuts, kabocha squash and basil over quinoa; I love beets!

Okay, Cru’s got some good mojo! But gun to my head, I’d order either the Deep Green Salad or the Pesto Wrap and I’d swap in a side of quinoa or daily greens instead of the chips.

Alright, I think Cru is Fuhrman-friendly, but what about you? Check out Cru’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Until then, eat powerfully! Peace.

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Sara - December 20, 2008 3:04 PM

I think this restaurant is vegan, then no worries about dairy. I thought you didn't like vegemeat. The chorizo is vegesausage. This restaurant sounds real good. Too bad it's not nearby. BTW did you see thy had a green smoothie?

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