Like, for example this dish from Imagine — Mac & "Cheese" with Broccoli and Bacon Bits. It's not on the menu, but a few weeks back, Cassi decided to try ordering these two side items, mac & cheese and broccoli, as one dish with added bacon bits. It looked so good that I had to have it for takeout a couple weeks ago! That's two orders of Imagine's creamy mac topped with one order of broccoli.
Sometimes, when I eat at Imagine, I try to balance healthful dishes with not-so-healthful ones. Doesn't that cancel out the bad-for-you stuff? Here's an overflowing bowl of Imagine's Homemade Vegetable Soup with an order of deep-fried Hush Puppies. Perfect for dippin'.
Other times, I just say "screw it" and get whatever I want. That was the case with this platter of Vegan Chicken and Waffles from Imagine. They typically serve the giant waffle with two vegan chicken drumsticks. But they were out of drumsticks, so they subbed chicken nuggets and chicken tenders.
As I've mentioned many times before, my friend Stephanie bakes the desserts at Imagine. And one day a few weeks back, she made Chocolate Speculoos Cupcakes!! Of course, I had to have one. It was a chocolate cupcake topped with Speculoos buttercream, chocolate ganache, and a Speculoos cookie!
I eat healthier at home, I promise. A couple weeks back, I made a savory (but healthy) breakfast of Tofu Scramble Over Sprouted Grain Toast with Ketchup. Best way to eat tofu scramble if you ask me.
Every morning in my house starts with either a fresh juice and sit-down solid breakfast or a post-run smoothie. On juice days, I've been loving this Beet-utiful Power Glow Yogi Juice from The Oh She Glows Cookbook. It's made with fresh beet, green apple, cucumber, and lemon.
With the way I rave on and on about Imagine, you'd think it was Memphis' only vegan restaurant. But it's not! We have two more! They're just a much further drive from my neighborhood, so I don't get to visit them as often as I'd like. One is Cosmic Coconut, a vegan juice/smoothie bar with a small (and delicious) lunch menu. I was out that way during lunch one day a couple weeks back, so I stopped in for their special of the day — Homemade Lentil Curry Burger with Pita, Cucumber Salad, and Tortilla Chips. The burger was soooooo good, and that curry mayo in the center was out of this world. I may have licked the container. No shame.
While that was probably plenty of food for one meal, I'd forgotten Cosmic Coconut's burgers are served with chips. So I ordered a Raw Kale Salad too. It's topped with their fantastic house-made dressing.