Fresh’s Beach Bowl

Do you guys have a restaurant bucket list? I do! There are so many restaurants I want to visit, such as:

Chives – Chef Craig Flinn’s restaurant in Halifax
Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY
The French Laundry – Thomas Keller’s restaurant in California
Chez Panisse – Alice Waters’ restaurant in California
Fresh restaurants in Toronto, ON

Fresh is a small chain of vegetarian restaurants in Toronto that I’ve been dying to visit, but I haven’t been able to go yet!

Fresh restaurant Toronto

So on Friday night Andrea and I decided to make a Fresh-inspired meal and try to recreate Fresh’s Beach Bowl off their menu. I’ve never tried the real dish, but ours was definitely restaurant worthy.

Fresh restaurant beach bowl

Fresh Restaurant’s Beach Bowl

Serves 2 | Inspired by their menu

2 cups of cooked brown rice
1 small sweet potato
1 zucchini
1 red pepper
1/2 small avocado
1/2 cup of alfalfa sprouts
1 block of tofu
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Juice of 1 lemon, divided
2 tbsp Bragg’s soy seasoning, divided

Tofu: Combine the juice of half a lemon with 1 tbsp Bragg’s soy seasoning (or tamari). Cut the tofu into triangles and marinate in the mixture for 10 minutes on each side. Grill for about 10-15 minutes.

Fresh restaurant's beach bowl

Sweet potatoes: Cut the sweet potato into small cubes, spray with cooking spray, and roast at 375°F for about 20 minutes, making sure to stir them halfway through.

Zucchini and red pepper: Cut into strips, brush with olive oil, and grill for 10-15 minutes, or until done.

Fresh restaurant's beach bowl

Dressing: Combine the juice of half a lemon with 1 tbsp Bragg’s soy seasoning.

To assemble, scoop a serving of rice into the bowl. Add the roasted sweet potato cubes, then top with alfalfa sprouts, the grilled red pepper and zucchini, sliced avocado, and the grilled tofu. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and half of the dressing mixture.

Fresh restaurant Beach Bowl

What’s on your restaurant bucket list?

Do you ever use restaurant menus as inspiration for your meals?


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14 Responses to Fresh’s Beach Bowl

  1. This looks so fresh and summery- perfect for the current weather in Mumbai! Tonights dinner is actually inspired by a retaurant in Mumbai: truffle risotto with goat cheese & grilled chicken! As arborio rice tends to be rather creamy, I'm hoping it'll be a good alternative to truffle mac and cheese!

  2. Those restaurants sound amazing! Too bad I don't live anywhere near you or I'd join you! :)

  3. Looks delicious!! I love trying out new restaurants :D

  4. Wow those restaurants sound fabulous, I need to make a bucket list like that fo sho! And those cupcakes are calling my name heehee Have a great rest of your Sunday friend! :)

  5. Those restaurants look fab! I need to start trying out some new restaurant. I wish we had Fresh in Victoria! It looks great

  6. Have you ever been to london? Whats your favourite resturant there? I live in london and if you ever do visit you HAVE to go eat at this place called ottolenghi. the food is amazing and it would be RIGHT up your street. check them out on google if you have time, their websight shows some of their food. I have their cook book and it is the best one I own by farr!

  7. There's a lot of places on my bucket list! I really want to go to Craft Dallas!

  8. Ahhh restaurant bucket list…love it. I need to make one of those! And that meal you made looks to die for. Holy crap.

  9. Yum what an awesome meal! One of my friends has been to that restaurant in Ithaca and LOVED it! I want to go some day because I go to school only a few hours from there! I hope you enjoyed the cupcakes too :)

  10. I need to create a restaurant bucket list… such a great idea! This place looks wonderful too, reminds me of upcoming warmer weather and summers :)

  11. I've been wanting to check out Fresh for such a long time! Sounds awesome :)

  12. I live in Halifax and Chives is still on my wish list. Sigh.

  13. I definitely have a restaurant bucket list….Moosewood was on mine too and I went there last summer!! Definitely worth a trip there, the food was so fresh and delicious. And the rest of Ithaca is pretty awesome too! The bowl you made was SO good…If I ever head up to Toronto I'll definitely hit up a Fresh!

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