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How Two Guys Really Used Their Noodle

43 YEARS AGO, THE FUTURE OF PASTA WAS BORN.

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.

5 INGREDIENTS, NO EXCUSES.

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.

THE NOODLE COOKS IN THE SOUP. HOW FRESH IS THAT?

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

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 made from scratch.  This month our featured superfoods are:  Kale, Chia Seeds, and Quinoa.  We chose these powerful superfoods to create with delicious menu options that also offer an array of health benefits.

So what is a superfood?  A superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.  The super factor kicks in because they tend to have large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.  Many are also said to counteract the symptoms of chronic diseases or outright prevent them.  Here’s how our featured ingredients stack up:

Kale

Ah Kale, the megastar of superfoods.  When Kale is not riding in its private jet or fielding offers for yet another reality show it is on the red carpet of nutrition.  A few benefits include:

  • Kale is among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.
  • 1 cup of raw kale has 33 calories and…
    • Vitamin A: 206% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) (from beta-carotene).
    • Vitamin K: 684% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin C: 134% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDA.
    • Manganese: 26% of the RDA.
    • Calcium: 9% of the RDA.
    • Copper: 10% of the RDA.
    • Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
    • Magnesium: 6% of the RDA.
  • Plus alpha linolenic acid and more!
  • Kale is high in antioxidants including quercetin and kaempferol.

Enjoy this powerful superfood this month in our Roasted Vegetables with Kale* or Kale and Harvest Salad*.

Chia Seeds

Enjoyed by Mayans and Aztecs for their sustainable energy these supercharged seeds can be added to baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies or a bottle of water!  Chia seed benefits include improved weight loss, increased exercise performance, and for improving symptoms in type 2 diabetics.  Here’s what you get in one ounce:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5g Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.

Try our gluten friendly Superfruit and Chia Seed Muffin* to double the superfood benefits!

Quinoa

Pronounced Keen-wah, this supergrain has a light somewhat nutty flavor and can be easily added to existing recipes. Quinoa is loaded with health benefits including:

  • It’s Gluten Free!  A great option for those with gluten sensitivity or intolerance.
  • 1 cup contains
    • Protein: 8 grams.
    • Fiber: 5 grams.
    • Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
    • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
    • Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
    • Folate: 19% of the RDA.
    • Copper: 18% of the RDA.
    • Iron: 15% of the RDA.
    • Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
    • Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
  • Low glycemic index

Try our Quinoa & Feta Prepared Salad* to get the benefits of this superfood.

These delicious superfood menu choices are a great way to get a fresh start on healthy living.  Cheers to a year of healthy habits!

 

*Some menu items may not be available at all locations.

References
Gunnars, Kris. 11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa. http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-quinoa
Gunnars, Kris. 10 Proven Benefits of Kale http://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-kale
Gunnars, Kris. 10 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds

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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.  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
  • Pepper Verde Potato Salad: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly (available 1/1 – 1/14)
  • Kale and Harvest Salad with Almonds: Vegan (available 1/17 – 1/29)
  • Superfood Crunch Salad: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly (available 1/1 – 1/14)
  • Bok Choy Citrus Slaw: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly (available 1/17 – 1/29)

Soups:

  • Deep Kettle House Chili :  Gluten-Friendly
  • Asian Ginger Broth: Vegetarian (available 1/17 – 1/29)
  • Broccoli Potato Chowder: Vegetarian
  • Santa Fe Black Bean Chili: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly (available  1/8 – 1/29)
  • Creamy Sweet Tomato & Basil with Tomato Basil Croutons: Vegetarian

Hot Pastas:

The following hot pastas are delicious Vegetarian options:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Garden Fresh Vegetable Marinara
  • Tomato & Spinach

Focaccias/Bakery:

  • 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
  • Sauteed Vegetable Focaccia 

Dessert:

  • Chocolate Lava Cake (available in select locations after 4pm 1/1-1/14): Vegetarian
  • Apple Cobbler (available 1/22 – 1/28 after 4pm): Vegetarian
  • Chocolate Mint (served 1/8 – 1/11) and Chocolate, & Vanilla Soft Serve: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Tapioca Pudding: Gluten-Friendly
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian

Salad Dressings:

(regional selections may vary)

Our Gluten-Friendly salad dressings include:

  • Ranch, Fat-free Ranch, Blue Cheese, Fat-free Honey Mustard, Fat-free Italian, French, Thousand Island, Creamy Italian, Low Fat Zinfandel Vinaigrette, and Olive Oil & Vinegar

Our Vegan salad dressings include:

  • Low Fat Zinfandel Vinaigrette, French and Fat-free Italian

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.

Disclaimer:
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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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 missed seeing this soup on the bar this month, so just click on the recipe card for easy printing, head to the grocery store or your local farmer’s market, and get ready to enjoy this superfood-filled (think cranberries and carrots) hearty soup, on a cool winter evening!

Creamy-Herbed-Turkey-Soup-Recipe

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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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Meet Our Broccoli Farmer: Broccoli Bob

by admin November 19, 2014 Events

  Imagine over 100 acres of planted broccoli. Imagine that it’s all yours. Imagine how much Joan’s Broccoli Madness Salad you could make and indulge in with the tasty crop. Guess what? We’re here to share that this daydream is (kind of) a reality. While we don’t recommend eating that much Joan’s Broccoli Madness in [...]

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News Leek: Meet our Local Leek Farmer

by admin November 13, 2014 Company News

  Bigger isn’t always better, but in the case of Muranaka Farms – the largest U.S. shipper of bunched leeks – we firmly believe we’ve found the best leek grower for all the dishes at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes. As you get to know them, we think you’ll come to the same conclusion. Muranaka Farms was established [...]

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3 Ways to Set your Thanksgiving Day Table

by admin November 12, 2014 Around the Table

Whether it’s deep fried or roasted or barbequed – you are always in charge of the Thanksgiving Day turkey. Great Aunt Susan will bring her famous pecan pie, your brother is in charge of ice and the kids of the family are in charge of decking out the table. When it comes to a holiday [...]

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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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