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Phoenix has a vegetarian food truck!  I hear about these from LA blogs and get jealous, but now I don’t have to be anymore!

We went to “the uprooted kitchen” the last two Saturdays and have loved everything they’ve served… I just wish I remembered to take more pictures of the food!  Currently they only show up at the Gilbert Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 7-11 AM, so go out and show your support so they can expand!

Their main breakfasts, all of which are very filling and nutritious, are $8 each.  They also serve baked goods for $3 and cookies for $2… and most, if not all, of the options are vegan.

>In the picture above, my salad is almost gone and my quesadillas are half finished… so you really do get a lot of food for $8.  I ordered this without the cheese, because I don’t like vegan cheese.

Here’s what we ordered:
breakfast cheese crisp (pictured above, half-eaten!) – whole wheat vegan tortilla filled with tempeh, butternut squash, baby kale, corn, and caramelized onions – served with a spring mix, sunflower shoot, and cantaloupe salad

chia summer oats – chilled baked oatmeal filled with dates, apples, and walnuts topped with almond milk and served with fresh organic fruit and a blackberry cashew scone.

My mom’s chilled baked oatmeal was amazing too!  It sort of made me think of muesli with this baked bar of oatmeal made cool and creamy from the almond milk.

website: theuprootedkitchen.com
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Eating these kind of reminds me of what it used to be like eating ribs… messy but delicious.

This was a delicious, smoky, and spicy alternative to plain corn on the cob.  I think the only thing I will do differently next time is to grill the corn.  From tips online, I gathered that you should first soak the corn in their husks for 30 minutes to several hours.  Then you can grill the corn, still in the husks (and wrapped with foil if you are worried about burning them), for about 20 minutes on the grill and they’re done.

Since we didn’t have the time, we just boiled them.

Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob

(inspired by this recipe)

Shuck the cobs of corn and place in boiling water.  When the water comes back to a boil, wait a few minutes until the cobs are cooked and remove from the water.  Should take about 10 minutes.

Combine all other ingredients in a small bowl, mixing well.  Add enough lime juice so that the mixture is the consistency of a rub (thicker than a marinade, but not as thick as a paste).  Spread on corn… a little goes a long way (in the picture above I actually ended up removing some of the rub because it doesn’t need much to taste delicious).

I would rate the spice level of the rub somewhere between mild-medium.  If you like a kick that doesn’t kick you over, you will like this.

I made this delicious chili a few days ago and man does it go far!  This quinoa cornbread goes amazing with it… it’s moist, savory, and and the quinoa gives it a bit of a nutty flavor that’s really nice.  Both recipes are from Cathy Fisher at StraightUpFood.com.

Both of these recipes are gluten-, oil-, sugar-, and salt-FREE!

A couple modifications and tips:

For the cornbread (click here for recipe)

  • Don’t use the banana unless you want to taste it in your bread.  I subbed out 1/2 cup applesauce (one of those little containers) for the banana and it worked perfectly.
  • I also left out the cinnamon, because I thought that was weird for cornbread.
  • If you want a sweeter cornbread, you are either going to have to add a few more dates to your soaking liquid (discard any additional liquid you use to soak) or use sugar.
  • Use a coffee grinder to grind your whole flaxseeds, oats, and cornmeal.  I just bought this one recently, and I LOVE it!  I put it next to my 13-inch macbook so you could see how compact it is.  Click the photo for an amazon link to purchase it. 

For the chili (click here for the recipe):

  • Use Pomì Tomatoes (pictured above and can be purchased here in bulk on amazon, or in Arizona at Sprouts or Whole Foods).  Then you don’t have to worry about what’s leeching from the cans.
  • Don’t leave out the celery.  In her cooking demonstration at True North, Cathy said that celery gives the impression of saltiness… and it really does work in this chili.  I ALWAYS miss salt when they are left out of soups and stews, but I don’t miss it here.
  • If you like your chili spicy, then add come chipotle chili powder and some cayenne.  I also doubled all the spices she listed.
  • I heard this great tip about beans that I haven’t tried yet… If you want to avoid canned beans, but don’t want to be soaking and cooking dried beans every week, cook them in larger batches, then store in plastic sandwich bags or small jars in 1 1/2 cup portions in the freezer.  Most canned beans equal about 1 1/2 cups, so if a recipe calls for canned beans, you just pull out a bag or jar from the freezer!  I’m so doing this.