Today, I have a new restaurant to review/recommend/VEGANIZE:
A good friend of mine (who happens to also be an amazing pastor at my church! Woohoo!) shared this awesome nutritious idea with me on my blog's facebook page, and I would like to share it with you:
"At Macaroni Grill, you can make your own pasta bowl using all the veggie options in place of the pasta, and then add the sauce or combination of sauces you like. We ordered grilled asparagus, caramelized onions, snap peas, roasted garlic, broccolini and sun dried tomatoes as the "pasta", and then put a mixture of pesto and marinara on top of it all. Think you would like it!"
Update: The pesto is not vegan.
Now for some more fun news: I emailed the Macaroni Grill people last night, asking about their vegan and allergen-free options. Their Guest Relations answered back immediately (excellent service, if I do say so myself). They were very kind and told me where the allergen information was on their site. They also said, and I quote,
"We hope that you are able to choose a meal to your liking. Prior to placing your order, we encourage you to ask to speak to a manager and explain which foods/ingredients need to be avoided. The manager can then suggest menu items or create a special dish for you from ingredients in the restaurant. We look forward to serving you soon!"
They were great. Well, I went to their site (again) and I found this allergen info page they were talking about, and this is what it showed me:
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By the way, it will also show menu items that are gluten free, which is awesome for gluten-intolerant people out there! :)
To make it easier for you, I have picked out my favorite wholesome menu items from this list and explained them below.
* For antipasti/tapas: Peasant bread, mediterranean olives, and their FANTASTIC ciabatta bread.
* For salads: Fresh green salad and warm spinach and shrimp salad (without parmesan and shrimp), and both the balsamic vinaigrette and the mediterranean vinaigrette (but probably not sugar free, so be careful!).
* None of the pizzas or soups are vegan, but I'm sure you can - as they suggested - talk to the manager and ask if you can have the pizza without the cheese (which can be quite delicious, I'll have you know!) If you're not hardcore vegan, go for the flatbread style or thin-crust pizzas and ask for very small amounts of lean meats, just a sprinkle of parmesan, and loads of veggies.
- Capellini Pomodoro - fresh, cheese-free, and delicious! If you can't bear the thought of pasta without cheese, ask for a sprinkle of parmesan or nuts. But I encourage you to avoid the cheese altogether.
* Macaroni Grill has a very cool thing now where you can create your own pasta! They have a bunch of tasty toppings/sauces to choose from. It's great. Click on the allergen-menu link above to see what I mean. :)
* Broccolini, fresh greens salad, grilled asparagus, and spinach and garlic are all wonderful sides.
* They actually have a vegan dessert too, and it sounds delectable: White Peach Sorbet! Mmmmmmmmmmm!!!
Well, that's it for today, folks.
~ Natalyn ^_^