Lisa talks vegetarian food in Kansas City
I recently had the pleasure of joining Central Standard on Kansas City’s KCUR to discuss vegetarian-friendly food options in KC restaurants. It was my first time on the radio and a ton of fun! It’s refreshing to see that the general public’s interest in eating a healthy diet that includes more plant-based foods is being reflected in local radio programming.
Veggie food on local menus is thankfully now mainstream, delicious and inventive. Regular Central Standard food critic Charles Feruzza asserts that the best vegetarian food is deep-fried food, but I must respectfully disagree. (Not that there’s anything wrong with indulging in fried food — on occasion. On a recent trip to Brooklyn, New York, I enjoyed falafel-crusted artichoke hearts at Olea that were indeed fried—and amazing!) But some of the vegetarian dishes I most enjoy when dining out in KC are simply prepared, yet complex in flavor vegetable offerings such as the roasted Brussels sprouts straight from the wood-fired oven at Pizza Bella in the Crossroads, and the fresh kale salad from the Westside Local (simply order both without the bacon.) The latter’s topped with slivered almonds, Parmesan cheese and an incredibly rich and creamy maple tahini dressing. Both selections exemplify just how tasty healthily prepared vegetarian food can be.
Whether one’s a full time vegetarian, vegan, carnivore or pescetarian (like me), it’s good to see that folks are interested in including more plant-based foods in their diet. Good for our heart, our waistline and good for our planet.
You can listen to the podcast of the program and see my list of local vegetarian recommendations HERE.