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Remember when life’s little worries could be solved by a warm bowl of Grandma’s chicken soup or a piece of Mom’s fresh baked bread?  As an adult maybe a warm cup of tea or piece of dark chocolate kept the blues at bay.  Many cultures have go-to comfort foods, wholesome family favorites that are shared with love.  Oddly enough there are a few scientific discoveries that indicate that certain comfort foods can affect a person’s mood in a positive way.

Dr. Karina Martinez-Mayorga, Ph.D leads a research team that studies the effects of flavors on mood.  Her research has identified that certain foods like chocolate, some berries, and foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids have a similar structure to valproic acid on a molecular level.  Valproic acid is used in medicines to soothe mood swings found in certain medical conditions.  At a meeting of the American Chemical Society she reported that “The large body of evidence that chemicals in chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and certain foods could well be mood-enhancers encourages the search for other mood modulators in food.”

Aside from a chemical reaction, a recent article from Psychology Today suggests that eating or even thinking about comfort foods make people “reconnect with meaningful associations to others.”

In the end, the consensus seems to be to eat a healthy balanced diet yet recognize that those old family favorites, eaten in moderation, could have a very positive effect on a person’s mood.

Join us at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes in March to enjoy wholesome family favorites.  Our recipes are made-from-scratch and made with fresh and wholesome ingredients, the perfect partner to enjoy a healthy balanced diet.



Deborah Serani Psy.D. ,Apr 07, 2011  “Two Takes on Depression”, Psychology Today Online

Dr. Karina Martinez-Mayorga, Ph.D , “Good mood foods: Some flavors in some foods resemble a prescription mood stabilizer”AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY.

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February is month filled with celebrations! Bring your special someone to Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes and celebrate Valentine’s Day with our luscious Red Velvet Cake. Bring a crowd for a taste of Mardi Gras with Ragin’ Cajun with Chicken and Spiced Pecans Salad, Spicy Cajun Shells, or a French Quarter Praline Muffin. This month we have the food you love. Our selection of fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch entrees are sure to please any palate.

We offer a large variety of options, including the following Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Friendly dishes:

Prepared Deli Salads:

  • Joan’s Broccoli Madness: Gluten-Friendly
  • Texas Slaw: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly (available 2/1 – 2/14)
  • Joan’s Veggie Slaw: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly  (available 2/1 – 2/14)
  • Wonton Happiness: Vegetarian
  • Spicy Cajun Shells: Vegetarian(available 2/17 – 2/26)
  • Whole Grain Confetti CousCous w/ Feta: Vegetarian (available 2/1 – 2/14)
  • Fresh Herb Thai Slaw: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly (available 2/17 – 2/28)
  • Ragin’ Cajun w/ Chicken & Spiced Pecan: Gluten-Friendly (available 2/17 – 2/26)


  • Deep Kettle House Chili:  Gluten-Friendly (regional selections vary)
  • Classical Minestrone: Vegan (available 2/17 – 2/26)

Hot Pastas:

The following hot pastas are delicious Vegetarian options:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Roasted Mushroom Alfredo (available 2/17 – 2/26)
  • Four Cheese Alfredo (available 2/1 – 2/15)


  • Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly Superfruit and Chia Seed Muffins
    (regional selections vary)

Vegetarian options

  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Brownie Bites
  • Buttermilk Cornbread
  • Quattro Formaggio Focaccia
  • Cheesy Garlic Focaccia
  • French Quarter Praline Muffin (available 2/17 – 2/26)


  • Red Velvet Lava Cake (available 2/12 – 2/18 after 4pm): Vegetarian
  • Chocolate Lava Cake (available in select locations after 4pm 2/21 – 2/26): Vegetarian
  • Chocolate, & Vanilla Soft Serve: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Tapioca Pudding: Gluten-Friendly
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian

Salad Dressings:

(regional selections may vary)

  • Ranch:Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Fat-free Ranch:Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Blue Cheese:Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Fat-free Honey Mustard:Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Thousand Island:Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Creamy Italian:Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Fat-free Italian: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly
  • Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly

Need even more variety? We {almost} ALWAYS have the following Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Friendly items available:

  • Fresh cut produce
  • Fresh cut fruit
  • Baked potatoes

Do you have an additional allergy or dietary restriction? Our managers have a full list of ingredients on hand at each location and will gladly assist you in determining which menu items are available to enjoy!

*We define Vegetarian dishes as any menu item not containing poultry, beef, pork or fish
*We define Vegan dishes as any menu item not containing meat, eggs, dairy products, or any other animal-derived ingredients
*We define Gluten-Friendly as any menu item that is prepared using no gluten containing ingredients in a non-gluten-free kitchen. May contain traces of gluten.

Due to the nature of our restaurants there is a possibility of cross-contact between menu items. We also make ingredient substitutions from time to time.  This information is intended as a guide and is not a guarantee that a particular product is completely free of certain ingredients.  We encourage you to carefully consider your dining choices if you have a severe sensitivity or allergy to certain foods.

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Before You Grow Mushrooms You Have To Create Soil


Straw is the flour, cotton seed is the sugar and almond shells are the eggs. The compost needs to “bake” at 180 degrees as it transforms into soil. Sounds easy! Not.


Gary Crouch and his partner Roberto Ramirez run Mountain Meadow Mushroom Farms in Escondido, CA. Gary is an expert at renewable resources, and mouthwatering mushrooms.


He hand picks local customers like Souplantation who share his values. The mushrooms are delivered within hours of harvest for maximum freshness. To Gary, relationships matter. One taste of his Mushroom soup and you’ll be glad we’re friends with Gary.

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How Two Guys Really Used Their Noodle


Mike and Bill met as frat boys at USC. Somehow, maybe after a few beers, they decided to make pasta. They bought an Italian pasta maker and made pasta by hand before it was cool to make pasta by hand. The rest is delicious history. Gourmet Fresh Pasta has been making our noodles for our Big Chunk Chicken Noodle Soup for over 20 years.


Flour, Egg, Water, Milk and a pinch of salt. The secret is GMO-free Pearl Flour, expensive and worth every penny. The steps to making our noodles are honestly quite simple but deceptively hard to master.


That’s why it’s so tender and so special. There’s literally nothing like it. Now, the next time you taste our noodles in our chicken noodle soup, you’ll feel a little smarter about why you love it.

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Make Superfoods Your Fresh Start For 2015

by admin January 20, 2015 Health & Nutrition

Superfoods!  Our menu is filled with these nutrient-dense powerhouses.  If you are looking to transform your resolutions into solutions for healthy living, boosting the superfood count is a great way to a fresh start. This is the year to leave the greasy, over-processed drive thru fare behind in favor of fresh, wholesome food and recipes [...]

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January’s Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Friendly Menu at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

by admin January 6, 2015 Health & Nutrition

Resolutions are in high gear in January as everyone is looking for a fresh start.  If developing healthy habits and living a healthy lifestyle are your goals, we’re here to help!  Join us at your local Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes and create a wholesome meal with fresh ingredients or choose from one of our many made-from-scratch selections.  [...]

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A Fresh Gift for You – Our Creamed Herbed Turkey Soup Recipe

by admin December 29, 2014 Recipes

The holiday season is filled with laughter, goodwill, gifts and the aroma of delicious cooking wafting through the house! To make the spirit of the season last until the new year, our Culinary Team wanted to give you this little present – the recipe to our Creamed Herbed Turkey Soup. We know many of you [...]

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December’s Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Friendly Menu at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

by admin December 5, 2014 Health & Nutrition

Between large family dinners, holiday parties and work potlucks, this season can soon leave you with the desire to never cook – or clean up your kitchen – again! If you’re in the mood to ditch your apron while still giving your family the nutritious, wholesome meal they deserve, stop by your local Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes [...]

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Winner, Winner Chicken Chili Dinner

by admin November 25, 2014 Recipes

  Do your kiddos like to cook? There’s something about bringing the family together in the kitchen to prepare a meal that makes what appears on the dinner table taste so much better. Whether you’re the culinary master, creating your own recipes and doling out roles in the kitchen, or like to adopt the role [...]

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8 Reasons Why You Should Host Your Next Family Dinner at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes

by admin November 20, 2014 Fun Stuff

  The holiday season is officially here and you know what that means – lots of time shared with family and friends over a meal. More family time is one of the reasons we love this time of year, but we get it – all of the dinner parties and extravagant get-togethers can become stressful…and [...]

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Let's just say within 24 hours of being in the ground, it's on a refrigerated truck on its way to us. Our food is made from scratch every day. Our salad bar buffet features over 50 fresh ingredients, including specialty tossed and prepared salads. In addition to salads, we server original recipe hot pastas, hand-crafted soups, scratch-made muffins, and Focaccia breads in our hot buffet. Create. Indulge. Enjoy.

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