I’m a big fan of True Food Kitchen down at the Plaza at Preston Center. Head there for brunch on the weekends and you will find the place is packed. This concept restaurant created by Andrew Weil, MD and Sam Fox is built around Dr. Weil’s Anti-inflammatory diet using locally sourced produce and ingredients. One of the things that I immediately recognized upon entering the restaurant was just the ambiance and atmosphere. It felt clean and fresh. There was produce used in the decor that they actually use in the kitchen. The kitchen itself was very open so diners can fee like they were part of the kitchen experience. I loved it and I sat at one of the counter stools after one of my morning runs to soak it all in.
On my morning there I ordered the Bright eyes which is a refreshing juice beverage made of beets, pears, ginger, pineapple and turmeric. I then ordered the chicken sausage scramble which includes kale, zucchini, mushroom and spinach with two eggs. I loved both items very much.
Below is a photo of the Chicken Sausage Scramble. If you like spicy you can always add fresh jalapenos to it.
That’s how I came across Dr. Weil’s book. AZ restaurateur Sam Fox, owner of Fox Restaurant Concepts and Michael Stebner, Executive Chef of True Food Kitchen. The book is called, True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure
All the recipes in this book go hand in hand with what is at the restaurants. There are True Food Kitchens in Arizona, Colorado, California, Georgia and Texas. The restaurant has staples and changing items on each menu depending upon the seasonality of sourced ingredients and the location.
I have found the recipes in this book are very tasty. A few weeks ago I found out that I needed to lower my cholesterol and increase my iron since I’m slightly anemic. I love produce and so while I’m not seeking a diet of any sort, Dr. Weil’s recommendations for eating via and anti-inflammatory lifestyle is something I can embrace much more easily.
My favorite morning breakfast recipe is the weekend warrior smoothie that is also found in the book. I add mint leaves and ginger but follow the rest of the ingredients closely. This morning i added blackberries to mine to increase my iron intake.
Enjoy the recipe and if you have a chance visit True Food Kitchen. I like this recipe because it provides protein naturally. Breakfast should be the heartiest meal of the day and you get that with this smoothie.
Weekend Warrior Smoothie with modification