Food & Recipes
Here in Los Angeles, everyone goes crazy for tacos, myself included. And not just your run-of-the-mill streetside tacos (although they're totally delicious), we like getting creative with our tacos, especially meatless ones. Have you ever had a tikka masala taco? Or a buffalo cauliflower taco? If you haven't, you're in luck. We found a few recipes that mix different cuisines and flavors into the beloved taco. So for your next 'Meatless Monday', give one of these recipes a try!
Indian food is my jam and I'm a sucker for crispy tofu. Add some sauteed peppers and onions, some cashew based crema and we've got ourselves a winner here folks.(via Vegetarian Gastronomy & Brit + Co)
We LOVE teriyaki sauce, the combo of the sweet + salty just really hits the spot. What better than on the trendiest veggie of the moment: cauliflower! We like baking the cauliflower at a higher heat for a longer time, to really get that browned, fully baked flavor. (via Lauren Caris Cooks & Brit + Co)
There's not too much we love more than beer, mushrooms and tacos. Portabellos are famous for their meaty texture and what better way to enhance that than with a beer marinade? And the avocado corn salsa? The cherry on top! (via Connoisseurus Veg & Brit + Co)
Hopefully, you're not one of those people who think cilantro tastes like soap, because cilantro is DELISH! A cilantro yogurt sauce!? I'm trying this tonight! These sauteed veggie tacos are what dreams are made of. (via Half Baked Harvest & Brit + Co)
These sticky sweet tacos will hit the spot, guaranteed. Especially if you've had a hankering for some Asian infused tacos. They are fragrant, fresh and oh-so-delicious. (via Euphoric Vegan & Brit + Co)
I have a small obsession with buffalo sauce and buffalo cauliflower. These tacos have an avocado cilantro crema that is out of this world. Run to the store and start cooking. (via Emiliee Eats & Brit + Co)
So you're really busy at work and you're starving. What to do? Take-out or delivery of course! There are so many places to find delicious food in DTLA so we have narrowed down our few favorite go-to spots for you to try.
1. Whole Foods DTLA-788 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
We love Whole Foods all day, every day for their wide selection of groceries and snacks, but we really love their salad bar! It is packed with cold salad options as well as a hot bar with rotating dishes of deliciousness like macaroni and cheese and potato and vegetable samosas. Fun fact: The salad bar/hot bar is 10% on Wednesdays!
2. GROW DTLA, 300 S Santa Fe Ave, -#C, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This neighborhood market is a little gem in the One Santa Fe complex. It has a great bulk section for grabbing a quick snack of trail-mix or dried mango and they also have a great grab-n-go deli! They make delicious sandwiches and they even have very affordable pre-made wraps and sandwiches. We recommend the roasted brussel sprouts and turmeric cauliflower. We also love their caprese pre-made sandwich for just $5.99!
3. Urban Radish-661 Imperial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Urban Radish is a beautiful little market located in the Arts District. They have awesome made-to-order sandwiches as well as a ton of cold salad selections for lunch time. Some of our absolute favorites are the spinach and mushroom salad, tuna salad and asian noodle salad. They even have a nice selection of house-made sushi and grab-n-go vegan options!
4. Urth Caffe- 451 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
A tried and true, consistent favorite is Urth Caffe. They are known for their delicious coffee and pastries, but they also have a thoroughly delicious and eclectic lunch menu. We love the Caesar Salad, the Caravan Kale Salad, the Eggplant Pizza, and their roasted tomato and red pepper soup! They have awesome deals like their Light Lunch Combo and their Soup/Sandwich Combo!
It's the most magical time of the year. A fresh start and good intentions will make this year a memorable one. Make these desserts and ring in 2016!
Baking with champagne? Yes, Please!
Here at Lovestitch, we really love our fruits and vegetables and we pine all year long for persimmon season. These fruits are versatile, crispy, flavorful and just all around delicious! We love to just take a bite out of them or slather some raw honey and almond butter on them but we also love to include them in Thanksgiving recipes!
Check out some delicious recipes with our beloved persimmon:
- 2 10 ounce packages thawed frozen butternut squash puree
- 1 14 ounce can coconut milk
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- whipped cream
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees . Blend squash, coconut milk, eggs, cinnamon and syrup; pour into 8-inch baking dish. Put dish in roasting pan; pour boiling water halfway up dish to make water bath. Bake, 1 hour. Top with cream.
Ever have a hankering for something sweet and carby in the morning but wish you could eliminate all the fat and calories that come with it? Well, I don't want to take away ALL of the fun, but here is a recipe for a healthier version of a classic breakfast splurge, french toast!
What you will need:
2 Slices of Thin Sliced Dave's Killer Bread (You can use any bread you like but in an effort to keep the calories down, I love their 60 calorie thin sliced bread!)
1 TBSP Butter or Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 Egg, Beaten
1/2 Banana, sliced
Handful of Raw or Roasted Pecans, Unsalted
2 Pinches of Coconut Sugar
Ground Cinnamon to Taste (optional)
Sea Salt to Taste
Maple Syrup to Taste
First thing's first, heat up that butter in the skillet and keep the pan at medium heat.
Dip your bread slices in the egg and evenly coat both sides.
Place your bread in the hot skillet and sprinkle some coconut sugar on top.
After a few minutes, flip the bread and make it so both sides are an even golden brown.
Once the toast is golden brown, remove from skillet and place on a plate.
Throw your bananas and pecans in the still hot skillet and pan fry for a minute or so to get them warm.
Top your toast with banana and pecan mixture.
Sprinkle a bit of sea salt and cinnamon on top and drizzle your masterpiece with an ample amount of maple syrup and VOILA. Enjoy!