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Eating to Live on the Outside: The Green Bean

Wow! I’m tired. I blog a lot! So by the end of the week I’m pooped, but before I chill out. Time to take a “trip” to The Green Bean in my favorite stomping ground New York City. It’s an organic vegetarian restaurant, which makes it a surefire winner for Eating to Live on the Outside, right?

Yup, it looks really good. I see kale, tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, beans, peppers and all sorts of great stuff. But before I make my final decisions, here’s a rough draft of food I might order:

Hot Organic Oatmeal

  • Oatmeal, apple sauce, cinnamon, raisins and cranberries; sounds good, along with chocolate and sushi, oatmeal is a vice of mine.

Texas Style Veggie Burger

  • Grilled soy patty, soy cheddar cheese, tomato, onion, Romaine lettuce, soy mayo, Dijon mustard, pickles, barbecue sauce, salt and pepper served on a seven-grain bun; its okay, but I’d ditch the fake cheese and mayo and the salt.

California Tofu Wrap

  • Tofu or soy cheddar, avocado, onion, tomato, Romaine lettuce and soy mayo in a whole-wheat tortilla; I’d go with the tofu and pass on the faux cheddar and mayonnaise.

Couscous with Veggies and Tofu

  • Organic whole-wheat couscous, grilled vegetables and tofu; sounds pretty cool to me.

Three Layer Casserole

  • Organic sweet potatoes, black beans, millet and mushrooms, served with steamed kale; got to love that kale!

Organic Tofu Brazilian Stew

  • Potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, onions, mushrooms, tomato, carrots, olive oil, bay leaf, parsley, garlic, fresh herbs and served with brown rice; looks good, I’m okay with the rice and oil.

Green Bean Garden Salad

  • Field greens, tofu, cucumber, peppers, zucchini, tomato, sweet potato and garlic ginger dressing; lots of greens, you can’t go wrong, but dressing on the side just to be safe.

Garden Grill

  • Grilled eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted peppers, olive oil, pesto on seven grain bread; you might be leery about the grilling, but I mostly eat steamed food, so I can deal with it.

Italian Mob

  • Roasted organic peppers, mozzarella soy cheese, basil and sun-dried tomatoes served on seven grain bread; pass on the cheese.

California Grill

  • Roasted red peppers, eggplant, zucchini, onions and goat cheese on seven grain bread; I’d skip the cheese and no worries about the bread.

Yeah, The Green Bean is really cool, especially since a lot of the food is organic. Hard to beat that! But if I really had to pick something, I’m going with the Three Layer Casserole or the Green Bean Garden Salad. Both look good and satisfy my green veggie requirement.

Now, you might want to play around with some of their smoothies and juices, like Blood, Body Fuel and The Three Amigos. They look pretty interesting too. Okay, it’s that time again. Flip through The Green Bean’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Have fun!


Image credit: The Green Bean

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Jocelyn - May 23, 2009 11:14 AM

I love it when you post the menus and the ingredients in each meal. I get lots of inspiration for home cooking.

Do you do a lot of cooking? I just bought "The Vegan Table", by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. It's a beautiful book filled with many colored photos and at a very decent price, $20!! And, there's not a hunk of cheese or drop of milk in sight. I'd love to hear what you think of it.

Thanks, Jocelyn

MichaelK - May 24, 2009 5:46 PM

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is one of my absolute favorites. It was on her website that I first heard about Dr. Furhman and ETL.

Here old podcasts are a real treasure trove of information that exposes all those old food myths and lies we have all been told so many times. She also does a great job presenting facts in a very straightforward manner that expose the truth about the animal (ab)use industries. Can't recommend her enough.


scott - May 24, 2009 10:13 PM

Oatmeal a "vice"? Please explain how that is considered a vice!

Gerry Pugliese - May 25, 2009 10:38 AM

Hey Scott-

Dr. Fuhrman recommends limiting the amount of grains you eat, but if I don't watch myself, I could tear through a drum of the stuff!


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