Sweet Tomatoes is a chain restaurant with three locations in Chicago’s suburbs. For vegans, they offer a huge salad bar, soup, baked potatoes, and fresh fruit for dessert. The salad bar is huge and has toppings galore. Usually there are one or two vegetarian soups and you can always ask an employee about ingredients to see if they are vegan (they have a book they can check that lists ingredients). Most of the vegetarian soups are vegan but always check first. Lately, they’ve been testing out vegan soups to see if they should add them to the menu. They are even labeled vegan which is not something you see very often in a chain restaurant! This time the vegan soup was Moroccan Garbanzo Bean and Lentil Soup. It was delicious and I added some crushed red pepper to mine for a little bit of a kick. There are feedback cards next to soups they are testing so I always fill them out and thank them for offering vegan soups. For dessert, we had fresh pineapple slices which were sweet and juicy. They often have coupons in the paper so lunch is only $6.69 per person and it’s all-you-can eat. Remember to arrive hungry so you can get your monies worth. 😀
My giant salad had romaine lettuce, baby spinach, cucumbers, red onion, green cabbage, purple cabbage, celery, carrots, jicama, banana squash, radish, scallions, mushrooms, green pepper, zucchini slices, chickpeas, broccoli, cauliflower, and pepperoncini peppers. I don’t really like salad dressings so I topped mine with lots of sunflower seeds and toasted pumpkin seeds. Yum!
Here’s the Moroccan Garbanzo Bean and Lentil Soup:
We stopped and get some bagels from The Great American Bagel because I had a coupon. They’re bread-like bagels but work perfectly for pizza bagels. I’m still on the look-out for traditional bagels but I’d use these bagels again for pizza bagels. I’m also on the look-out for Tofutti Cheeze around here. I think I’m going to have to see if some place will order it for me. I used the Vegan Gourmet Cheeze this time. I also topped the pizza bagels with fresh tomato slices and stuck them back under the broiler for another minute. The herbs on top are the Little Italy NYC Style Herbs I picked up at the Spice House in Evanston, IL.
We also stopped by the Elk Conservation area again. The elk were right up by the fence and it was neat to see them up close. The first two pictures were taken between the chain link fence openings for an unobstructed view.
Awww, she’s so cute:
Look at those antlers:
Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous. It was bright, sunny, and around 50 degrees. This is a pretty picture I took at one of the Forest Preserves. The sunlight was reflecting off the ice that hadn’t melted yet.
Hope you have a fantastic day. 😀