But WHAT Do You EAT?: Vegetarian Summerfest FOOD 2011!

Summerfest was wonderful (which is an understatement) for many reasons, but one of the cherry-on-top bonuses of the week had to be that the college cafeteria was turned into a 100% vegan buffet for every meal. 

Every meal had a featured hot dish line, soup, fully stocked salad bar with homemade dressings (and extras like nutritional yeast and three kinds of lettuce!), a raw foods station, a gluten-free station, and several kinds of pizzas covered in Teese or Daiya. WOW.

(*Note: They do not offer coffee. Herbal green teas and juice like crazy, but for coffee you have to sneak off campus and drive a half mile up the road to stupid Starbucks. Which for some folks -ahem- needed to happen because the 4-5 hours of sleep every night made waking up difficult. Next year, BYO coffee pot.)

I took photos of almost every meal I had, and wanted to share them with you in case you are in a bit of a cooking/lunch idea/dinner menu slump. I may not remember everything exactly as it was, but I can tell you it was delicious and there is such a fun novelty of eating and not having to ask about ingredients, etc..

And now the real reason you’re here, the food!

Bean chili over quinoa with gluten free cornbread and sauteed greens. Mushroom pizza. Salad with the BEST RAW DRESSING OH MY GOSH.

A lunch.


Breakfast potatoes, mixed veggie millet, and fruit. Salad with lemon tahini dressing. Carrot muffin.

A breakfast.

This was my lunch after breakfast, a cooking demo with food samples, and hanging out at the vita-mix table… I opted for a mostly-raw lunch. The wrap is a savory tofu salad, and the raw foods plate is explained below.

A lunch.

They served raw food meals every day!

Sign explaining the above photo.


Salad, sauteed kale, pizza, veggie fritter, spicy cashew curry, raw peach soup, butterscotch cake.

A dinner.

Vegetable and tofu casserole, rice with a red pepper sauce, stromboli, salad with vegan thousand island dressing.

A lunch.


Baked BBQ tofu, collard greens, fresh herb and soup, pizza, salad, whipped berry dessert.

A dinner.

Potato bar! Sweet potato with tofu sour scream and PEANUT SAUCE THAT WAS INCREDIBLE, salad, bean and grains bake, garlic pizza, olive and tomato soup, cocoa cupcake.

A lunch.


FRENCH ONION SOUP!!!!!, unlimited Gardein baked chicken (*note: this was hilarious and weird because they are so much like chicken a lot of people were freaking out and thinking someone played a cruel joke), pasta and salad.

A dinner.

Pancakes with plums and cherries, grits, brown rice (got carried away with the sauce, woopsies), fruit and Field Roast sausage!  Plus the aforementioned coffee. 

A breakfast.


You’ll find this interesting: despite eating very well at every meal, noshing on cooking demo samples and lingering around the Vita-Mix guys several times a day… I lost weight. 

I thought it was just in my head, but my clothes were looser and upon returning home, one of the first things Ryan said to me mid-spooning was, “Where did your belly go?”     AH, THE POWER OF A PLANT-BASED DIET.


MENU FOODS: Baked Chick-Un

I was experimenting this weekend with new ingredients and textures, and this was one of the best outcomes! I’m so happy to introduce this to the Save the Kales menu.

You can order food from me now, I’ll deliver and everything!

This is a basic baked chick-un, 100% vegan, that tastes great with your favorite BBQ sauce, hot sauce, honey mustard (I recommend agave mustard), etc… This is baked, not friend, though you can fry it – try a little pan fry with some Earth Balance, bake it, or use a microwave if you’re in a hurry! It holds up.

I will continue to explore flavors and variations, but I’m really excited about this! It’s seriously SO GOOD. *Note this would not be appropriate for people with gluten intolerance or celiac.

ORDER: 5 pieces for $10.00; 10 pieces for $18.00

I am happy to provide sauces for you for an extra $1.00 or $2.00, half or whole order.

Baked Chick-un by Save the Kales!

I can also make this into smaller pieces which would be great as an appetizer while watching football. Wait is it baseball season now?

Here are  smaller pieces covered in buffalo wing sauce and agave-mustard sauce, respectively. Prices match the above listed prices for a half order or full order.

Both of these flavors are from only one HALF ORDER of Baked Chick-un pieces; buffalo wing sauce and agave-mustard sauce, by Save the Kales!

I also plan to make this a part of the bagged lunch menu I’m currently working on.

If you live locally and are sick of ordering pizza and chinese food on your lunch break or for dinner, you can order a Save the Kales! bagged lunch instead! I’m aiming to keep costs of these lunches between $5-$10. Stay tuned!