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Halloween-Crafts-and-SnacksHalloween is just around the corner and we’re busy prepping for the holiday! Our chefs have already perfected our Pumpkin Spice Cobbler and Pumpkin Soft Serve recipes so these treats are ready for you to enjoy later this month (see when!), and our October menu is chock full of additional seasonal superfoods to enjoy.

Even though the festivities are in full swing at your local Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes, we couldn’t help but check out the internet for some additional inspiration on how to get into the true spooky spirit of the season. Get your little sprouts involved and try making a few DIY décor ideas or whip up a few nutritious treats to enjoy before heading out to trick or treat!

Scarily Nutritious Snacks

No matter if you’re hosting a Halloween party, or your little ghouls just need something wholesome to fill them up before filling up their candy bag, these treats are sure to please.

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnuts

For a breakfast treat or the dessert table at your company’s potluck – these gluten-free, fall-flavored donuts look so delicious they’ll have everyone reaching for a taste.

Flowerless Peanut Butter Pumpkin Muffins

The taste-testers here at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes know a good muffin when they taste one, and these mini-muffins hit the spot! Bite-sized for a quick treat on the go, these are perfect for little ones with big appetites.

Candy Corn Fruit Cup

Ditch the boring fruit platter with this take on the classic candy corn treat! Simply layer pineapple, mandarin oranges and a spritz of whipped cream (or scoop of yogurt) for a sweet treat.




 

Creepy Crafts

What’s a party without the right décor? These do-it-yourself ideas are easy enough that your little ones can get involved and will set the mood in your home.

Place Settings fit for a Skeleton

Now that all of your treats have been made, you need somewhere to put them! Print out these place settings by eighteen25and plan your trick or treating route over a wholesome meal. 

 

Crafty Cups

A pen, orange cups, battery operated tea lights and an imagination are all you need for this decoration from Paging Fun Mums. Draw on your spookiest face and turn on the light to see your ghostly face glow! Line your walkway with a these cups to welcome trick-or-treaters or just place a few next to the jack-o-lanterns on your porch.


 

Want even more wholesome Halloween inspiration? Take a look at our Pinterest board and be sure to share your favorite recipes and crafts with us in the comments below!

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When you reach the end of the salad bar at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes, does your plate always look eerily similar, or do you tend to mix up your salad toppings based on the day or your mood? Here at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes, we like to change it up every once in a while (evidenced with our monthly menu swaps) and want to inspire you to do the same by adding a few new superfoods on top of your next salad.

Not sure where to start? Think about what nutritional benefits you’d like to gain from your next meal (i.e. more energy or immunity) and keep reading. We’re featuring three of our favorite superfood-filled salads – each with a super beneficial outcome – that you can assemble at home or during your next Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes trip.

Garden All-Stars Salad

From little sprouts looking to grow big and strong, to mom and dad looking for an extra helping of greens, this simple salad will help the whole family fill up.

The Energizer

Work, school or your latest workout draining your energy tank? This pile up a plate full of this hearty salad and get back that pep in your step.

The 6 of Hearts

We love the taste and nutritional benefits this salad has on our hearts. A medley of flavors on this plate meld together to help support cardiovascular health and leaves your tummy feeling satisfied.

Share with us below which salad meets your body’s cravings or let us know what you want out of a salad! And, if you have your own super-salad, be sure to share a pic (and the recipe) with us on Instagram or Twitter so we can give it a taste. Just remember to tag @Souplantation or #SweetTomatoes!

Resources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=55
http://www.livestrong.com
http://home.howstuffworks.com/corn3.htm
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-beet-benefits-aphrodisiac-brain-booster-more.html#ixzz3EvWD3Oqz
http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html#ixzz3EvX6VJcn
http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/10-ways-to-boost-your-energy
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/spinach.html

*This post does not constitute medical advice and is only intended for entertainment. Any health questions and dietary advice should be provided by your medical physician.

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Fall is officially in the air and our favorite dishes of the season are now available at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes! To celebrate the tastes of the season, and fill up on some hearty Vegetarian options (it is National Vegetarian Month, after all) head to your local Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes and load up your plate with fall superfoods!

And, as if our salad bar with 50+ fresh ingredients wasn’t enough to satiate your taste buds, we’ve added a new Gluten-Friendly muffin flavor to the menu: our Gluten-Friendly Maple Nut Muffin! Be sure to add a few to your plate, alongside the rest of the Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Friendly dishes you opt for, and let us know how much you enjoy it!

Prepared Deli Salads:

  • Joan’s Broccoli Madness: A Gluten-Friendly item that is always available to enjoy
  • Chipotle Lime & Cilantro Quinoa: This Vegan and Gluten-Friendly dish is too tasty to pass up
  • Texas Slaw: A zesty Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly salad
  • Provencal Green Bean & Potato Salad (available 10/1-10/14): This Vegan and Gluten-Friendly dish is a must try
  • Superfood Crunch Salad (available in select locations 10/1-10/14): Vegetarian, Gluten-Friendly & superfoods – count us in!
  • Zesty Tortellini (available 10/17-10/29): You’ll soon be craving seconds of this Vegetarian dish
  • New Mexican Green Chile Potato Salad  (available in select locations 10/17-10/29): A zesty offering that’s both Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly

Soups:

  • Deep Kettle House Chili: A hearty and low-fat, Gluten-Friendly dish
  • Classical Minestrone: A Vegan favorite served all month
  • Split Pea & Potato Barley (available 10/6-10/29): A hearty Vegetarian soup that is perfect for fall
  • Loaded Hot and Sour (available in select locations 10/1-10/14): Be one of the first to try this new Vegan soup

Hot Pastas:

The following hot pastas are delicious Vegetarian options:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Garden Fresh Vegetable Marinara
  • Roasted Garlic & Asiago Alfredo (available 10/1-10/14)
  • Sicilian Ricotta & Roasted Red Pepper (available in select locations 10/17-10/29)

Focaccias/Bakery:

Craving more Vegetarian options? We have them:

  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Buttermilk Cornbread
  • Quattro Formaggio Focaccia
  • Cheesy Garlic Focaccia
  • Zucchini Nut Muffin (available 10/17-10/29)

Don’t forget to top your bakery items with our Vegetarian AND Gluten-Friendly Maple Cream!

And be sure to grab a few of our NEW Vegetarian AND Gluten-Friendly bakery item:

  • Gluten-Friendly Maple Muffin (available 10/1-10/14)

Dessert:

Need a sweet treat? Enjoy the following:

  • Apple Cobbler (available 10/17-10/22): A seasonal Vegetarian offering for October
  • Chocolate & Vanilla Soft Serve: Both Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Tapioca Pudding: Gluten-Friendly
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian

Salad Dressings:

Our Gluten-Friendly salad dressings include:

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

Our Vegan salad dressings include:

  • Basil Vinaigrette, Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette, Fat-free Italian Dressing, Lemon Greek Vinaigrette, and Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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 in 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 smell of spicy buffalo wings and jalapeño poppers is in the air, and the energy of competition around the living-room TV set is palpable. Football season is officially here! Before watching the next big game, don’t rely on the standard pre-game “meals” your friends serve at their gameday parties (c’mon, chips are not a real food group!). Instead, fuel up on wholesome and filling tail-gate or football party grub at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes so you can root for your team from kickoff to the final whistle. Here’s a breakdown of fan recipes from Instagram and the submissions from our Design Your Own Delicious contest that will make your stomach do a victory dance before your next big game.

 

Loaded Potato Skins

Drop the pigskin and try this Loaded Potato Skin recipe from @migueldpark. Add one ladle of Deep Kettle House Chili to your baked potato and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. Wrap the creation back up in the tinfoil (quickly) so the cheese melts on top for extra-gooey goodness. Top it off with a dollop of sour cream, bacon bits and green onions to drive this dish into the end zone.

 

Double Team Mac & Cheese

 Mac & Cheese is a gameday staple (at least on our team!). @mssasha’s recipe calls for bacon bits, chives and even a little more shredded cheddar to top it off (is there such a thing as too much cheese? Not for this dish!). Ready for a play-fake recipe? @jmc1904  gets this deceptively delicious game-plan from his coach (aka his son) who stirs in a spoonful of Deep Kettle House Chili, adds cheddar cheese, chopped onions and bacon to his Mac & Cheese. Is it chili? Is it Mac & Cheese? It doesn’t really matter!

 

Breakfast of Champions

@caseyboo11 highlights how to kickoff Football Sunday with breakfast at Souplantation/SweetTomatoes. Before those early games, fuel up with breakfast treats like a Sweet Pepper & Sausage Egg Breakfast Burritos or Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits with Frosting (victory never tasted so sweet!) Be sure to check online to see if your local location will be open before next week’s coin toss.

 

Football Field Greens Salad

Michelle P.’s Football Field Greens Salad sure boasts an impressive lineup of veggies! Boost your body’s defensive line with a bit hit of nutrients from our salad bar.

Caramel-Bacon Blitz Sundae

Don’t make the rookie mistake of skipping out on dessert! Shayna R.  adds caramel sauce, toffee bits and bacon bits from our baked potato bar to a bowl of vanilla soft serve to create her Caramel-Bacon Blitz Sundae. This sweet and savory treat will make your stomach smile – no matter which team wins the game!

These 5 recipes score a touchdown in our playbook. Give them a try, and if you have some winning combos, post them on Instagram and tag with @Souplantation or #SweetTomatoes so we can  try whipping them up!

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Featured Fungi: Mushrooms

by admin September 22, 2014 Fun Stuff

  With nicknames like Old Man of the Woods and Poison Pie, our featured superfood sounds more like the start of a Halloween horror flick than a natural food staple. And, with October just around the corner, what better time to learn a little more about these seemingly suspect superfoods? There are 250 edible types [...]

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6 Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes Recipe Hacks

by admin September 12, 2014 Fun Stuff

Inspiration comes in many forms. A work of art, a secret muse – or even our flavorful salad bar can awaken the creative spirit within you. While the Mona Lisa sure is easy on the eyes, our favorite creations are the ones that make our taste buds tingle! With over 50 fresh ingredients on our [...]

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August Calls for Quinoa

by admin August 22, 2014 Health & Nutrition

Ditch the rice and potatoes – there’s a more nutritious side dish in town – quinoa. It’s considered the “mother of all grains” when it isn’t actually a grain; it’s a seed (fun fact!). Ironic? Perhaps, but we love the delicious versatility of this superfood. So much so that we decided to add quinoa to [...]

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10 Realizations on Your First Visit to Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

by admin August 15, 2014 Fun Stuff

Do you remember your first visit to Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes? Do you remember your reaction when you realized all of the possible combinations you could make at the salad bar, your first bite of a freshly baked Blueberry Muffin, or the first time you dipped Sourdough Bread into your scratch-made soup? Today, we’re taking you on [...]

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EASTER SEALS TO RECEIVE SWEET DONATION: SWEET TOMATOES & SOUPLANTATION RESTAURANTS SURPASS $240,000 MARK IN TOTAL FUNDS RAISED

by Rick Van Warner August 8, 2014 Company News

CHICAGO – August 8, 2014 – Garden Fresh announced today that their annual Easter Seals fundraiser hosted nationwide at 128 restaurants brought lifetime totals for Easter Seals to more than $240,000. Funds raised during June topped $26,000 from the sale of homemade chocolate chip cookies at Sweet Tomatoes & Souplantation restaurants from coast to coast. [...]

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August Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Menu at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

by admin August 6, 2014 Health & Nutrition

We’re taking your taste buds on a trip with the flavors of the Mediterranean this month! There’s no need to pack any bags to try these superfood-filled dishes, just head to your local Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes and fill up your plate up with the following Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-free items we have available. We’re also featuring [...]

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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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