Spring cleaning isn’t all about tidying up cupboards and donating old clothes. At M Café, a popular European-style eatery serving macrobiotic cuisine, the hearty comfort foods of winter have been shed for a new detoxifying spring menu. Developed by Consulting Chef Lee Gross—Gwyneth Paltrow’s former personal chef and a driving force behind the launch of M Café (read our interview with him here)—the seasonal swap emphasizes whole grains, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts, making it easy for diners to do a little spring cleaning on their own body.
Those looking to detoxify should sample the Barley & Green Garbanzo Salad, a light medley of cooling black barley, asparagus, garbanzo beans, carrots and tofu chèvre, drizzled with a lemon-tarragon vinaigrette.
The new Kale & Shiitake Ohitashi (which translates as “to steep vegetables in a dashi base sauce”) utilizes shiitake mushrooms to help rid the body of fat deposits. Kale, daikon, and a seasoned inari tofu pouch with ponzu sauce are all infused with umami while maintaining their natural flavors.
Another nutritious addition is the Raw Almond Sushi “Rice.” There are no processed grains here, though: the “rice” is actually raw almonds mixed with garlic, sesame seeds, celery, olive oil and lemon juice rolled in a sheet of nori, a wonderful source of calcium and iron. Packed full of vitamins and minerals, this sushi is a healthier take on the ubiquitous tuna roll.
A few classic favorites are still on the menu, including M Café’s Chickpea & Dandelion Salad, New Mexican Black Bean Salad, and Sprouted Quinoa Tabbouleh. Menu items start at $4.50, and can be found at either of M Café’s locations.
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