Vegan, Organic . . . it’s all at Gourmet Express
BY CLAUDIA LUTZKY
As each year passes, we seem to crave healthier food that is free of additives and preservatives. Whether you enjoy meat as your protein or have gone vegetarian or vegan, the food at Gourmet Express in Pelham Manor is the first place to look. Eating “pure” at whatever level you choose is easier when Gourmet Express shows you how.
One of the first areas to stop by is the Hot Vegetarian Food Bar. They prepare fresh, organic food daily. Come in and browse through the selections, then prepare a delicious and healthy platter to take home for dinner. This is a great way to gain knowledge about flavor combinations, mixing of textures and overall use of fresh ingredients.
Next, head over to the Endless Salad Bar. Gourmet Express prides themselves on providing an extremely wide selection of vegetables and fruits to make the perfect salad. Add a bit of crunch with an assortment of seeds and nuts as toppings.
What about a great bowl of soup to go along with the salad? Gourmet Express offers several choices every day. The Spinach/Kale blend is very popular and is a great vegan selection. Why not top it off with some shredded carrots. Their Fish Soup is a wonderful choice, with just a hint of coconut and curry.
A couple of “stand-out” items include their Vegan Butter Nut Squash Rings and Vegan Crunchy Bananas. The butternut squash rings are seasoned with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powders…dipped in both tapioca and corn flours, covered in Maple syrup and rolled in pumpkin and sunflower seeds. This makes for a tasty meat substitute. The Crunchy Banana is dipped in Maple syrup and coated with oats, coconut, flax seeds, regular and black sesame seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Sweet, smooth and crispy…a wonderful end to any meal.
If you run in and just want a drink, make the Juice and Smoothie Bar a definite stop. Gourmet Express offers a wholesome selection of natural juices both sweet and detox versions. Smoothies are made-to-order and they will create one according to your specifications, including wheatgrass. There are so many options and combinations to try. Have fun with it.
924 West Street
Pelham Manor, NY