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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 on Monday, September 22, 2014 · 4 comments

in Fun Stuff,Health & Nutrition


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 of mushrooms out there (surprising, right?) and their earthy, savory flavor and powerful punch of nutrients will help you overcome any fear you have of these fungi.

From nutrition to science, here are some fun, fungi facts that will likely endear you to mushrooms even more.

So, whether you love or loathe them, you can’t deny these little superfoods are quite impressive! Be sure to share these fun, fungi facts using the icons below and don’t forget to top your next Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes salad with a scoop of mushrooms. Which fact surprised you most?

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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 salad bar and a bounty of fresh bakery items, made from scratch soups and a decadent dessert bar – designing your own delicious recipes is what Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes is all about! To find some of our favorite or – dare we even say – genius receipt hacks, we scoured Instagram and the submissions to our Design Your Own Delicious contest, to find the following culinary masterpieces.  Trust us, the soft serve possibilities have never seemed so endless!

1) Champion Chicken Chopped Salad

Recipe hack #1 comes from Celia S., who artfully tops a rainbow of fresh veggies with warm, chopped chicken. The real hook? Her secret “Champion Dressing”, made by combining our Honey Mustard and Fat-Free Ranch Dressings. This addition is obviously what makes this recipe a “winner” in our book (add some freshly-baked Focaccia as a side to turn up the YUMMINESS of this meal!).

2) Insane for Grains Bowl

Fuel up on fiber with this recipe hack from @TOOFUNWEST.  Start with a bed of mixed greens and pile on goodies like green peas, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, sweet corn and a crunchy topper (like crispy wontons or croutons). While this bowl used our Quinoa and Feta Salad and Italian Orzo (available in August), try a scoop of Three Bean Marinade or Greek Couscous with Feta & Pine Nuts (available September 17th-28th).

3.) Kickin’ Cornbread Soup

No more putting your cornbread on the side – it takes center stage with this recipe hack from @mssasha. Start with a piece of Buttermilk Cornbread and break it open to help soak up all the deliciousness you’re about to add. Next, add Deep Kettle House Chili and a ladle of Classic Creamy Tomato Soup (available September 18th-24th). Top it off with cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and red chili flakes – if you’re ready to kick it up a notch.

4) Creamy Chicken Mushroom Alfredo with Penne

Nathan M. transformed our penne pasta with a sprinkle of bacon bits, a dash of green onions, a pinch of crushed red peppers, a hint of lemon, some mushrooms, and pieces of his chicken skewer in this drool-worthy recipe hack.

5) Sweet Potato Sundae

Have you ever thought about topping a superfood with soft serve? Never limit your culinary creativity! This dessert hack by Jessica K. shows just how tasty a sweet spud can be!

6) Chocolate Brownie Mousse Bite Delight

Is there such a thing as too much chocolate? This recipe hack by Cori G. echoes our opinion – no way! The layered dessert is made up of a halved brownie bite filled with chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate soft serve, chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles!

If these recipe hacks weren’t enough “food-spiration” for you, be sure to follow our Instagram account – we’re sharing all of our favorite recipe hacks there! And, be sure to tag all of your palate-pleasing pics with @Souplantation or #SweetTomatoes so we can see and share them, too!

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August Calls for Quinoa

by admin on Friday, August 22, 2014 · 3 comments

in 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 our menu this month (have you given our Quinoa & Feta Salad a try yet?). Here’s a few more reasons why we added it to our wholesome offerings:

Pin, share and download this infographic using the SHARE button below so you can remember to pick up some quinoa on your next trip to the store. And, if you need a few quinoa recipe ideas, take a look at our Pinterest board!

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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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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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San Diego Souplantations Get a Fresh New Look

by admin August 1, 2014 Company News

Change is Good. In Fact, It’s Delicious. Fresh ingredients make all of our recipes at Souplantation taste better – so imagine how delicious your meal will be when dining in our newly refreshed San Diego locations! Since San Diego is our hometown and where our roots are based, we wanted to give our restaurants in [...]

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by Rick Van Warner August 1, 2014 Company News

SAN DIEGO, July 30, 2014 – Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed John Morberg as its Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Mr. Morberg has served as the Company’s interim Chief Executive Officer since May 6, 2014 and as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel since January 2007. “Over [...]

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How we spell family road trip fun: B-I-N-G-O!

by admin July 31, 2014 Fun Stuff

With summertime fun in full swing and Labor Day just around the corner, it’s that time of year when families are packing up the car and heading out on the open road for some adventure and quality time together. While family road trips are a great opportunity to bond and create memories, no one wants [...]

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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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