Chicago Raw Food and airport eats

I have become obsessed with Chicago Raw Food.  It’s becoming a bit of a problem since it isn’t exactly cheap.  It is located inside the French Market which lucky–or unlucky for me is only 2 blocks from my office.

I think if I had access to this place 24/7, I would have no problem eating an entirely raw diet.  The food is just that good.  That being said, I am considering trying to add a little bit more raw eating into my life.   Although it seems relatively time consuming to make.  So, while Raw Chicago isn’t cheap–I think the price is worth it on occassion since they do all the work for me and the food tastes great!

Here is what I have had so far:

Acai bowl (acai smoothie, granola, banana and strawberries).

Sampler platter which includes ravioli (turnips and cashew cheese), zucchini pasta and a garden burger + a truffle for dessert.  All of this food lasted me 2 meals and I loved all of the items!

Zucchini pasta this time with sauce

Collard burrito with guacomole, salsa and a non dairy sour cream.  The filling on this one was actually pretty heavy because it was a cashew cheese mixed with veggies.  It was very good and left me full all day (which rarely happens to me).

I also had an unpictured cranberry muffin which was SO good and very dense.  I want to try and recreate at home.

If you are in Chicago, I highly recommend giving this place a try–even if you don’t think you would like raw food, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

On the non-raw food front, here are some airport/travel eats:

This is not the most appetizing picture since I was so hungry I ate half of it before remembering to take a pic :) .  This is eggs, cheese and chicken sausage with gluten free toast at the airport in Indy (from Cafe Patachou).

I finally tried Tortas Frontera at O’Hare (a Rick Bayless restaurant at the airport).  This is by far the best thing I have eaten at O’Hare.  Which isn’t saying much since the food at O’Hare sucks–at least in the United terminals.  But, the guacomole was definitely some of the best I have ever eaten and the torta (Mexican sandwich) is HUGE–the picture above is only half.   I managed to eat it all though, don’t you worry.  The sandwich was delicious–but it definitely is a ton of bread.  Don’t get me wrong, I love bread–but I felt like I had eaten a loaf of bread when I was done–because I had–and I sorta wanted to be able to taste the other flavors (mine was the short rib torta).  Maybe next time I would eat it open faced but I definitely will be eating here again.   Even just for the guac and a margarita.

Considering O’Hare is my home away from home–I don’t think that will be too much of a challenge.

Sticky rice + lettuce + spicy tuna + avocado bowl.  This is from Whole Foods in Palm Beach.  I don’t know if my Whole Foods has this but I’m going to look for it–it was like deconstructed sushi with a little extra veg and was delicious.

And a few things I have made at home.  These are probably going to be the most appetizing pictures you have seen in awhile so get ready:

Don’t knock this till you try it.  Egg whites but sweet instead of savory.  I added a little coconut milk + a lot of cinammon and a banana.  Cook and then add peanut butter to the top–which melts from the hot eggs.  Sounds kinda gross/weird but tastes great!

Another nasty looking concoction that was really good!  I wanted to make nachos but didn’t have any cheese (and I am trying to eat less dairy).  So, in my food processor, I blended kabocha squash with lots of nutritional yeast, coconut milk, salt and garlic.  Then I heated it on the stovetop to make ‘nacho cheese’.  Combined with black beans and Trader Joe’s spicy flax chips, tomato and salsa.

Would I ever serve this to anyone?  No–the presentation is pretty gross looking.  But it tasted delicious and made nachos just a little bit healthier with an extra serving of vegetables.

Have a great weekend everyone!  And if you live in Chicago go to RAW! :)

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