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Food Review – Sweet Tomatoes (Take-out)

Hi!

So glad you guys liked the ramen post yesterday. Ramen may not be the healthiest thing but when prepared right, it can be a great healthier alternative to junk food. Needless to say, it is savory and satisfying, especially during those cold winter nights.

Today, I’m going to do a restaurant reviews for Sweet Tomatoes. Sweet Tomatoes is a franchise so there are many locations all over the world. It is buffet style; they offer a wide range of soups, bakery goods, pasta, and a huge salad bar. The only time boyfriend and I eat Sweet Tomatoes now is when we get take out. When we are craving the breads/pasta/salads — the whole shabang, we get the $9.79 deal which gives us a large container of salad, a small bag for breads/muffins, and two 8 oz containers for soup/pasta. The only thing bad about take-out is you don’t get to try all the soups since you only get two containers and the bakery bag is really small so you can’t a lot. Majority of the time, we just get one salad container as our takeout. A salad container is about $5.89 and it is SO SO SO worth. I cannot stress it enough! Their salad bar is 45 feet long – containing, about 5 freshly prepared salad (caesar, summer medley, asian chicken salad, spinach and strawberries, etc..they make it every 30 mins and alternate the flavors depending on the season, and make you own fixings such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, potato salad, tuna salad, egg, seeds, mushrooms, anything you can think of to put on a salad.

Boyfriend and I are able to get full off ONE take-out container making it about $3 for each of us! We are STUFFED. When we eat in, we usually don’t eat much and it’s 9.49 a person, totaling the meal to $20! But no, we’re cheap so we take out for $6. Haha!

Here’s pictures of our take-out last week….st1st2
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I wanted to put the salad bowl next to the cereal box so you guys can get a feel of how big this salad was!
What I put in my salad: a tiny bit of caesar salad, a whole bunch of baby greens and spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, potato salad, tuna salad, egg, sunflower seeds, corn, and pasta. I don’t like to add the prepared salads because those add a ton of calories and plus when I put all the potato/tuna salad and toppings, those give it a TON of flavor already. Putting the topping over a bunch of prepared salads make the taste too strong and flavorful to me. But cmon, is that big tub of a salad a great deal for $6?? You can bet I stuff it as much as I can! Haha

You guys should go to sweet tomatoes…and get take out! I don’t think it’s totally worth it eating in and paying triple, quadruple, or however depending on how many people are eating. Plus this way, you won’t be stuffing your face with all the pastries! Have a good day everyone!

Namaste,
Jenn

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Shrimp Cobb Salad

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Hi Everyone,

Tonight I wanted a salad but a big HEARTY salad. The problem for me when eating just a salad for lunch around 7:00 is when 11:00 rolls around, I’m hungry again. I digest salads quick but I wanted to make sure the salad had a lot of girth. This was one of the best salads I’ve ever had, no lie! It tasted simple, clean, and full of flavors.

I call this my “Shrimp Cobb Salad”, with no bacon & ranch of course. =P Here’s the recipe:

Serving: for 2 people, you and your special someone. (whether it’s your child, spouse, or grandma; I’m sure they’d all love it!

Ingredients:
– 1 hard-boiled egg
–  1/2 lb of shrimp (raw, deveined, tail detached!)
– 1/8 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
– 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper seasoning
– 1/8 tsp dried basil
– 1 tsp olive oil
– sprinkle of salt & pepper
– 3 cups baby spring mix/spinach
– 1/2 an avocado
– 1 tomato

The Dressing:
– handful of cilantro (chopped finely)
– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1/4 tsp sugar
– 1/4 tsp minced garlic

Directions:

1. Mix the lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, dried basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper with the shrimp into a bowl and leave in the refrigerator to marinate for at least half an hour. The longer, the better. (For the seasoning, you can add more or less depending on what you like; feel free to throw in other seasonings as well!
2. Make the dressing. Stir the cilantro, EVOO, sugar, and garlic together and set it in the refrigerator. You can add more EVOO if you don’t want the dressing to be so thick.
3. Grill your shrimp. Let the shrimp have some marks on there and have a little crusty outside; it’s delicious!
4. Assemble your salad.


5. Enjoy & leave me a comment =P

I hope you guys enjoy the recipe! Let me know what you think. Feel free to leave suggestions for the site or recipe.

Namaste,
Jenn

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