If you are looking for a fresh meal made quick and outside of your own kitchen (hello no cleanup!!), I highly recommend giving Cafe Zuppas a try. But first, be sure to check their website if there is a restaurant by you...it is a fairly new business, but many are popping up.
On a quick side not, this post is not sponsored in any way. My husband went there for a work lunch one day and loved it. So, this afternoon, we met up there for lunch and I wanted to share my experience.
So here we are, its 11:30 am and I just park my car in the Cafe Zuppas parking lot. Right away, I notice the nice signage, new building and get a modern sort of feel. I walk inside the building and immediately become slightly overwhelmed (in a good way!). Bright lights, colorful menus and I can see the fresh fruits and vegetables right behind the counter.
There are many options to choose from, and a surprisingly decent amount of vegetarian or vegan options:
Vegetarian sandwich (hold the cheese)
Kale & Quinoa Salad (hold the cheese)
Mangoberry Salad (swap the dressing)
Nuts About Berries Salad
Now, the soups/protein bowls are a but more tricky:
Tomato Basil (does not list any dairy or cheese, so I'm not 100% sure if its vegan, but it is definitely vegetarian)
Garden Chowder (vegetarian)
Wild Mushroom Bisque (vegetarian)
Roasted Veggie and Quinoa (vegan)
Thai Coconut Tofu Bowl (again, ingredients read vegan, but am not 100% positive)
I tried the Nuts About Berries salad and the Tomato Basil soup. The salad was amazing, would definitely order again! It has a perfect balance of sweet and savory with crunch from the cinnamon almonds and softness from the fresh berries. Can't go wrong with a poppy seed dressing either! The soup was very good as well, and did not taste or look like it had dairy in the base. The mouth feel of the soup was smooth with just enough texture from the orzo, but did not have that velvety taste that comes with use of heavy cream or dairy.
Next time, I would like to try the Mangoberry salad with the poppy seed dressing and the Roasted Veggie and Quinoa soup.
As for their website, its also amazing! They share a lot about how they source ingredients, the creation of recipes, how much of their food is made in-house, and even the quality they look for in purchasing ingredients. Check it out! http://cafezupas.com/house-made/
Have you been to Cafe Zuppas? If so, I'd love to learn about your experience and what you tried!