Thursday was the first time I went out to eat during the Real Food Pledge, and I accidentally made it more challenging than necessary. I had lunch at the wonderful Worth It Cafe in the shopping center at the corner of Alexander and S. Miami in RTP/Durham. I wasn’t familiar with their menu; I just knew they served “Farm Fresh ~ Chef Created ~ Daily Lunch Specials”. I didn’t know their meat is from local, pasture-based farms and they have whole-grain bread from Neomonde. So I ordered a green salad with their balsamic vinaigrette (after I verified it contains no sugar) and fruit salad. Very fresh, light, and tasty. But I should’ve had a sandwich!
I met the owners, Chuck and Aileen Hayworth, after lunch and found out their food philosophy fits really well with the Real Food Pledge. I can’t wait to go back! They offer a few deals almost every day on Groupon Now. PLUS they agreed to sponsor a give-away on my blog. You might get a chance to check out Worth It Cafe with this $5 gift certificate! Read on for details…
I’ll try to make this quick so we can get back to the give-away…
Patrick demanded drinkable apple sauce for his snack. I save those for times that we’re on the geaux, but apple sauce in a bowl was NOT what he wanted. Then I put a straw in it! How’s that for drinkable apple sauce?! The novelty did its magic, and he had fun drinking it:
I made yogurt with fresh strawberries and unsweetened, plain yogurt. I love the immersion blender my parents gave me for my birthday this year:
Patrick didn’t think it was sweet enough compared to YoBaby (which has more sugar than fruit), so he stuck with his applesauce through a straw. Topped with my homemade granola, it was the perfect afternoon snack for me:
The Coon Rock Farm chicken I baked the night before provided enough left-over meat to make another dinner: whole-wheat penne with fresh herb cream sauce.
I found an easy recipe for cream sauce that matched my ingredients, and snipped a few fresh herbs from the Smiths’ garden. (My mother’s day herbs died indirectly as a result of hurricane Irene since I left them in the garage for weeks after the storm.)
Fresh herbs make this sauce smell SO good. Thanks, Smiths!
Add a side of grapes, and dinner is served! Both of my boys had a second helping. I’d say this was a hit:
And now something healthy for you! I’m going to randomly select a reader to win the $5 gift certificate from Worth It Cafe in RTP on Monday night, Oct 10, at 9pm-eastern. To enter the drawing, check out the Worth It Cafe menu and leave me a comment on this blog post about something you would like to order. Comment by 8pm-eastern Monday. Good luck!