It’s mid-summer for those of us who are docked in the Northern hemisphere and that means its vacation time.
We have been on a staycation with the lovely exception of three days in Cape Neddick, Maine. I am pleased to report that many of the restaurants at which we dined offered a decent selection of vegan or vegetarian fare. It can be difficult to find healthy food options away from home and staying on track can be a challenge. I do my best to keep my choices vegan but every once in a while meals with dairy (mostly cheese) are my only options.
Before we started our vacation we finished off a batch of Sara Moulton’s corn gazpacho soup that I made earlier in the week. The recipe was printed in our local newspaper. You can find it here.
The vegan husband liked it but I thought it lacked a bit of punch so I was more than happy to see it being polished off. Soon after we were packed and off to Maine.
Below are a few meals that we ordered during our stay in Maine and two others in the New England area near our home. These were the dishes that made me want to rush home and get going on their recreation. I hope they give you some inspiration to do the same.
GRILLED ROMAINE SALAD
Rudders, Kitttery ME
A grilled head of romaine lettuce marinated with balsamic vinegar and oil, topped with tomatoes, red onions and feta cheese. I was able to omit the cheese.
VEGETARIAN STACK AND NOT YOUR AVERAGE CAESAR SALAD
Horseshoe Pub and Restaurant, Hudson MA
Vegetarian Stack – Pan-seared seasoned Brussels sprouts layered with Parmigiano herb quinoa, oven roasted Tuscan tomatoes, roasted asparagus and onion jam topped with micro greens and drizzled with aged balsamic.
Not your Average Caesar Salad (the vegan husband’s meal) – Homemade edible bowl made with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, filled with crisp baby romaine lettuce and garlic croutons tossed with Caesar dressing.
SEARED BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD
Federal Jacks, Kennebunkport ME
Wok-seared Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cremini mushrooms and edamame seasoned with orange soy and served over field greens.
VEGAN DATE BARS
Bread and Roses, Ogunquit, ME
I enjoy a dessert every now and then usually in the form of chocolate (dark, when possible). However, when we visit this area of southern Maine we make a point to stop by this bakery for a delicious non-chocolate vegan treat. These date bars are my favorite.
We visited this restaurant not for the food but for the ambience. If you love to read then this is the place for you. Not only do they have vegan and vegetarian options but each person gets three free books to take home.
Do you have a favorite go to restaurant for its healthy options? Please leave a comment…