Showing posts with label soy chicken. Show all posts
Showing posts with label soy chicken. Show all posts

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pre-Coachella Kale

The Chefs: Hilary and Herbivore

The Menu: Knock, knock! Who's there? Kale! Kale who? Kale with soy chicken, cherry tomatoes, carrots, avocado, and onions! (I'm looking for new and inventive ways to describe the contents of this kale salad.) 

The Goods: It's an action-packed week, so I'm packing my brain with superfoods in preparation. In addition to our super-awesome Twitter chat this Wednesday with vegan parents (including one of my favorite interview subjects ever, Mayim Bialik), I will be heading to weekend two of Coachella in a mere 72 hours. At the top of my to-see list: vegan freak-folk maestro Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, who apparently stole the show last weekend and who is one of my perennial musical idols. Looking for your next travel adventure? Check out the 5 Vegan-Friendly Towns on our Radar, all of which offer as many plentiful plant-based eats as they do enthralling activities. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The Chefs: Hilary and Herbivore

The Menu: Herbivore's raw kale salad with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onion, carrots, and soy chicken.

The Goods: Our old mainstay Herbivore has just rejuvenated its extensive menu with tons of new fodder, but my at-least-weekly dates with my beloved kale salad will never cease. On my to-do list for future visits, however: the quesadillas, grilled "beef" and tahini vegetable salad, and coconut ramen noodle soup. This weekend, I got to indulge my foodie-ism in Brooklyn with treats such as the lemon-lavender doughnut from Dun-Well Doughnuts and spicy Cubano sandwich from Champs, so although it may appear that I munch on a lot of leafy greens, trust me—I know how to self-indulge, good and proper. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Half Soup, Half Sandwich, Half Pig

The Chefs: Elizabeth and Herbivore

The Menu: A delicious cup of coconut noodle soup with half a grilled soy chicken sandwich. In other words, perfection in a lunch.

The Goods: Friends, it's been downright freezing here in SF. No, literally the temperature has reached 32 degrees, and frankly, I'm just not a fan. So, soup was definitely going to happen for lunch today, and though my fears were baseless, I worried that it might not be filling enough to just have a cup of soup. I opted to also get half of my all-time favorite sandwich, the grilled soy chicken. Mushing a bunch of things that don't necessarily fit, ala ManBearPig, can backfire, but today's was a definite case of two great things going great together. Not to toot our our horn, but much like VegNews and Pinterest. See what I mean?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Roasted Vegetable Salad

The Chefs: Elizabeth and Herbivore

The Menu: A big green salad with grated beets, grilled vegetables, soy chicken, and chunks of avocado.

The Goods: It's exciting times here at the VNHQ, as we begin to wrap up the design of our March+April issue. Basically, we get to enjoy this magical process by which ideas turn into words that then turn into a magazine. It's pretty rad. Since it's January and all, a big, bright salad was just the thing to power me through design meetings today. You know what's totally ingenious? Adding roasted vegetables (which are warm) to salad (which is not!). I know; I understand if your mind is significantly blown. Here's hoping that something as exciting as a warm element in your salad is going on in your world today! (And if there isn't something yet, try checking out the news that meat consumption is expected to decline. That should do it!)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Vegan BBQ Chicken Sandwich

The Chefs: Rashida and Rhea's Deli

The Menu: A faux-chicken sandwich smothered in chili-garlic sauce and loaded with cabbage slaw and pickled onions

The Goods: I accidentally slept through my alarm this morning, which means that my plan to bring lunch from home was unfortunately foiled. Rhea's Deli to the rescue! I had been daydreaming about Rhea's Vegetarian BBQ Chicken sandwich ever since VN Office Manager Lyndsay Orwig endorsed it in the VegEscape section of the January+February issue. The mouthwatering faux-drumsticks drowning in sweet-spicy chili glaze were so satisfying that I may 'accidentally' sleep through my alarm tomorrow morning too! In non-sandwich news, tomorrow is the deadline to subscribe to VegNews in time to get the action-packed March+April issue. I won't give too much away, but let's just say that Potato Chip Chocolate Truffles may be involved...

Friday, January 6, 2012

"Krazy" for Kale

The Chefs: Hilary and Herbivore

The Menu: A ginormous kale salad loaded with herb-crusted soy chicken, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, and onions, and a sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper. 

The Goods: This is my third kale salad from Herbivore this week, and I'm not sorry. I'm on a pretend health kick wherein I eat kale salad for lunch almost every day and use the notion of its nutritional benefits as an excuse to eat limitless chocolate for breakfast/dessert/a snack. That makes sense, right? While my New Year's resolution to cut back on sweets (as seen in the January+February issue masthead) has been progressing questionably, those who resolved to ditch meat and dairy in 2012 will get tips and support from the VegNews Vegan Starter Kit, free to download now! In the meantime, I'll be at my desk, trying as hard as possible not to get thirds of the vegan Snow Balls from Source that Editor-at-Large Laura Beck brought to the office today. Resistance is futile.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Grilled "Chicken" Sandwich

The Chefs: Jennifer and Herbivore

The Menu: A grilled soy chicken sandwich with roasted potatoes and side salad

The Goods: When people tell me they think it must be hard to be vegan, I simply tell them I love food and I eat all the time. Seriously, I'm the food editor. It's part of my job. Yes, I do eat vegetables but I also eat awesome soy chicken sandwiches. A friend once said to me that she just pictured vegan restaurants serving plates of broccoli. And while eating healthy is important, vegan eating is just as decadent as my omnivore friend's diets. Heck, just last week I ate a vegan black-and-white cookie from Champs Bakery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and an eggplant parm hero at 3 Brothers Italian Café in Long Island. So maybe a plate of broccoli is a good idea right about now. If one of your new year's resolutions is to go vegan and you need some tips, check out the VegNews Vegan Starter Kit. Trust me, friends, it's easy!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Kale Can't Fail

The Chef: Hilary and Herbivore

The Dish: A generously sized kale salad with cucumbers, carrots, onions, tomatoes, avocado, and soy chicken. 

The Goods:  After a week (and weekend) of holiday indulgence, a kale salad with hearty soy chicken and buttery avocado was the perfect Monday-lunch antidote. Even better, after a rousing game of Bananagrams, we got to review the amazing recipes submitted by readers for the VegNews Holiday Cookie Contest. I wish that I could offer a sneak peek, but the deliberation was top secret. Keep a close eye on early next week for the results of our difficult (and delicious) decision-making process! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pre-Thanksgiving Greens

The Chef: Anna and Herbivore

The Menu: The ever-constant, ever-tasty green salad, topped with beets, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, avocado, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, mint, and a healthy dose of grilled soy chicken.

The Goods: I'm not sure about you, but I always think about Mondays as a fresh start to both the work week and to healthy eating: hence, the salad. This healthy week, however, is to be short-lived, and by that I mean will end today. Why, you ask? Tomorrow marks VN's annual Thanksgiving luncheon, where we will be stuffing ourselves with Native Wellington, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, apple pie from Babycakes, and tons of other stuff that I'm so excited to eat, I will most likely wake up three hours early tomorrow morning, à la a kid at Christmas. Speaking of the holidays: Do you have a holiday cookie recipe that blows people's minds? Then enter our first-ever Holiday Cookie Contest for your chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer!

Many thanks to Lyndsay for this photo—I was too distracted by hunger to capture my lunch! 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Herbivore Lunch to the Rescue

The Chefs: Jennifer and Herbivore

The Menu: The chicken shawarma—a wrap with soy chicken, potatoes, pickles, hummus, avocado, harissa, and magic—plus kale salad with soy chicken and avocado.

The Goods: Sometimes, you need lunch—stat. With tonight's Twitter Chat and Vegan Drinks to contend with after work, I ran to Herbivore to procure lunch for myself and our Managing Editor Elizabeth Castoria. You know what happens when coworkers share lunch? It means that two people both get to eat two awesome things, in this case, a shawarma and a kale salad. Here's hoping it's enough to power us through the rest of the day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Vegans Love Salad

The Chef: Jennifer and Herbivore

The Menu: Marinated kale salad with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and crispy soy chicken. For dessert, a deliciously sweet Saturn peach.

The Goods: It's almost six months ago that I started working at VegNews and these are three things that have changed about my life (besides, the killer job). 1. I freaking love raw kale salads, hence the lunch today. 2. I actually enjoy green juice and seek it out. 3. I now own a juicer. VN Managing Editor Elizabeth Castoria always tops her Herbivore kale salad with avocado and soy chicken and it's the best thing I've ever had. Am I losing my New Yorker cred by admitting that I love San Francisco just as much as kale salad? Don't make me choose. If you're visiting SF this weekend for Pride Weekend or planning a visit in the near future, you've got to use our Local Vegan Guide to San Francisco. If not just for the food recommendations (deep-dish pizza, mochi, burritos!), it's a perfect list for a perfect city. I still love you New York!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kale Salad and Extras

The Chef: Anna and Herbivore

The Menu: A marinated kale salad with cucumber, plus soy chicken and roasted beets

The Goods: Perhaps I was inspired by VN Office Manager Lyndsay's post on Savvy Vegan discussing cheap workout tips, but I have decided to eat healthier and work out more. Sure, it's almost May, but isn't any time the right time for a new resolution? This VN favorite is the perfect blend of health and deliciouness: the tasty dressing balances the vegetables perfectly, and the additions of soy chicken and beets are like icing on a cake (if both the icing and the cake were not filled with sugar).

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vegan Chicken Sandwich

The Chef: Jennifer and Herbivore

The Menu: Grilled soy chicken sandwich on French bread with a side salad and roasted french fries, and a green juice.

The Goods:
After reading about the 7 Best Vegan Sandwiches, I really wanted to eat a big sandwich, so I headed to Herbivore. It did not disappoint. VN Editorial Assistant Alexandra Chang had the soy chicken shawarma, and we shared half and half because what's better than having one sandwich? Having two. After my first venture into trying green juice on this very blog, I found I actually like it and even ordered one at Herbivore. So the moral of the story, friends, try out something new. I used to turn away from green juice (it looked like sludge to me) but now I've made baby steps to enjoying it to the point where I'm considering buying a juicer. Need some green smoothie recipes to get you started? Check out Katherine Lawrence's two green smoothies on VegNews TV.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Vegan Chicken Wrap & Green Juice

The Chef: Jennifer and Herbivore

The Menu: A vegan chicken shawarma filled with avocado, potatoes, hot sauce, pickles, tahini, hummus with a side green salad, and a green juice.

The Goods: It's been raining all week in San Francisco so today when we saw a sliver of sun, we ventured out to one of our favorite restaurants, Herbivore. Our break-your-ribs funny VN columnist Laura Hooper Beck joined us for lunch. It was my first time meeting her and I laughed just as hard as I do when I read her column, "Ask Laura." VN Managing Editor Elizabeth Castoria's obsession with Herbivore's soy chicken is spreading (just like her affinity for puns)—and now I'm convinced that we should put soy chicken on top of everything. So the vegan chicken wrap stuffed with all sorts of goodies was the perfect way to indulge in my addiction. I ordered a green juice (packed with spinach, parsley, apple, and more) and it was a refreshing drink for what turned out to be a lovely day to dine al fresco.