Category Archives: dinner

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Speedy Supper: Black Rice Bowl

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I’ve been noticing a trend in restaurants lately – Rice Bowls.  Overpriced, uncomplicated rice bowls.  That, for some reason, I always end up ordering.

I decided I’m going to make them at home more often.  But because I’m super lazy, I figured out a way to do it much faster than it would’ve taken to go out and get it.

Heat up some rice.  You can make a large batch and freeze it, or use a ready-made kind.  (Or make it fresh.)  I used this Forbidden Rice found at the grocery store.  Toss it with your favorite salad dressing (I used a Carrot Ginger one).

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In a skillet, sauté whatever veggies you like (these are tomatoes/mushrooms); season with soy sauce.  Add some fresh avocado, and a handful of trail mix (this is a sample of Enjoy Life’s Beach Bash, which is nut-free).

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See how fancy?

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I wound up adding some leftover chicken to mine, but like this, it’s vegan and gluten-free and all that other stuff restaurants make you pay a lot of money for.

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Swingers Coffee Shop

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Since I’m always trying new restaurants for the blog, I’m not really a regular anywhere anymore (other than ice cream places).   When we first moved to Los Angeles, we ate at Swingers a lot.  I remember it being a fun, casual place with good vegetarian options…

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…not to be confused with the 101 Coffee Shop, from the MOVIE Swingers (which I’ve actually never been to).

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I got a Vegan Cobb – sautéed tofu, soy cheese, avocado, tomatoes, crispy onions, and carrots with tahini-dill dressing on the side…

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…Abe had the Veggie Joe – soyrizo, veggie chili, and cheddar cheese.  (You can get these vegan-ized, too.)

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Both were solid dishes – and the ambiance was low-key (which I love).  Why did it take us so long to come back?  It’s so money, baby!

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The Farmer and the Cook

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The Farmer and the Cook came highly recommended by everyone who heard we were heading to Ojai.

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It’s a vegetarian restaurant (yes, owned by a farmer and a cook) with a market inside…

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…and a pizza oven on the patio.

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We wound up ordering other things, though the pies did look delicious.

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Super fresh Chilled Sun Gold Tomato Soup, with Avocado…

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…a Kale Caesar Salad with Cashew Cheese…

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…and regular cheese on a stellar Veggie Burger, made from lentils – served with Vegenaise and Banana Chutney.

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This dinner made us so freaking happy.  I’m curious about their Mexican menu – and of course, those pizzas!

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