Sometimes all the veggie chile burritos, sesame tofu and lasagna in the world cannot entice me because all I really want is a nice, big healthy salad. Crisp spinach, fresh tomatoes, roasted beets and some fresh mozzarella and I'm happy -- satisfying my body's craving for something that might actually be good for me.
In winter, my salad craving is often over-ridden by my soup craving, but after the huge feast on Thanksgiving day, I want a little simple nourishment. My family's traditional vegetarian Thanksgiving includes all the regular sides -- garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, corn bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie -- alongside vegetarian tamales. Sometimes we order up a couple dozen of the green chile and cheese ones from La Casita, or if my vegan mother-in-law is coming we'll make our own, filling the masa with calabacitas, mushrooms, chile, whatever. Yum! -- Aubrey Shoe
But once my body has pulled itself out of the food coma, salad starts sounding mighty nice, and my favorite place for salads these days is MAD Greens. I often walk to the
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-- Aubrey Shoe