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Restaurant Redux: Fresh Macro Greens Bowl

Oh my gosh you guys, summer is totally happening right now. And you know what that means? Patios! Nights out! New 90s inspired crop tops! Aaaand so long rent cheque…

Seriously all these summer adventures add up and eating out can be the biggest culprit. So last night I did my best to recreate a dish from one of Toronto’s biggest vegetarian restaurant chains: Fresh.

Even if you don’t live in this city I’m sure you know of a place like Fresh. Its good but not amazing. Not expensive but not cheap either. Mainly it’s convenient and healthy enough to satisfy your midday kale craving.

The meal I decided to recreate was one of my regular orders: the Macro Greens bowl, which basically consists of a bunch of steamed greens, tomato and grilled sweet potato, topped in tofu and smothered in creamy dressing (and Cholula hotsauce if you’re like me). So yes it’s delicious but also stupid simple to make. Here was my take:

Macro Greens Bowl with Tahini Miso Dressing

Ingredients: 

For the bowl

  • 2 big handfuls of chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped bok choy
  • 1/4 cup chopped asparagus
  • 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 large sweet potato
  • 1/4 block tofu
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup light miso
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic

Directions:

  1. Prep potato in advance by baking in the oven or microwave and cutting into round slices.
  2. Make dressing by adding all ingredients to a blender or food processer and blending until smooth.
  3. Lightly steam veggies until the colours are bright and vibrant.
  4. Pan fry tofu cubes in sesame oil until lightly browned.
  5. Layer your bowl  with greens, potatoes, tofu and sauce.
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4 Comments

  • Reply Danielle July 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

    You are exactly right about Fresh! Good but not great! Have you tried Fressen on Queen West? I went for the first time Friday night. What fantastic food!

    I think I might make this bowl for dinner tonight. Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend and sun!

  • Reply Lynn @ The Actor's Diet July 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

    yum! i want to go to fresh! (or your house)

    • Reply the healthy hipster July 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Consider your invite extended! Possibly you’ll end up in Toronto for the film festival in September? 😉

  • Reply Gillian July 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I agree on Fresh – I consider it one of my favourite restaurants because it’s one of the few places where I get all the vegetables I want – and this is my favourite dish! Thank you for re-creating it – I have been meaning to for years but now I have no excuse with your lovely version!

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