La Mia Casa
Vegan Friendly Menu
Friday, October 12, 2012
Executive Chef/General Manager
Harrison Graden Sr.
STLCC - Forest Park Campus
St. Louis MO 63110
Diet is not a four lettered word, it is what we eat and not what we do!
Flexitarian as defined by Web MD: A relatively new term, flexitarian comes from a combination of the words “flexible” and “vegetarian.” Following a flexitarian diet means eating more plant-based diet and less meat.
Pescaterian as defined by Urban Dictionary: A person who eats fish but no other kinds of meat. Commonly referred to as "vegetarian".
Vegan as defined by About.com: Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar and some wines. Most vegans also avoid use of all products tested on animals, as well as animal-derived non-food products, such as leather, fur, and wool.
A traditional Italian meal starts with something to nibble on, called antipasto, which translates into English as “before the meal.”
“Mock” Caprese Salad (Vegan)
A refreshing salad made with a marinated tofu, fresh Roma Tomatoes, Basil, and drizzled with Olive Oil and Balsamic Reduction and dusted with Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper and Parma Parmesan Cheese.
In Italy, pasta is a first course, or primo, served as an appetizer, not as the main event. Soup, rice, and polenta are the options for the primo.
Green Onion & Wild Mushroom Risotto
This dish is packed with the fresh flavor or Green Onion and given a “meaty” texture with the pungent flavor of wild mushrooms to entice your palate
The main course is called il secondo, or the second course. Chicken, meat, or fish are usual choices, and portions are generally small. These main courses are usually fairly simple, especially if a rich pasta or rice dish precedes them.
Pan Seared Marinated Tofu Picata
Flavorful and fresh this dish is composed of pan seared marinated tofu that is lightly coated with a seasoned flour and garnished with a flavorful and colorful mix of bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, capers and lemons. With just a drizzle of lemon juice and balsamic reduction and olive oil vinaigrette.
Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary
This dish is cooked "al cartoccio" or “en papillote,” which steams the foods in their own flavorful juices and when brought to your table is sure to create a delicate and aromatic dish when opened as a present on a holiday!
A platter of vegetables usually accompanies the main course. This word contorno loosely translates as “contours” and refers to the fact that the vegetable course helps shape and define the meal.
Roasted Vegetable Medley
with Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette
A delightful medley of beets, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, onion and roasted garlic roasted and drizzled with a Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette.
Cannellini Beans with Garlic and Sage
High in fiber these beans are a great source of protein and other great nutrients. Creamy and flavorful these are sure to please!
A dolce (or sweet) ends a traditional Italian meal.
Grapefruit Compari Sorbetto
Served with a Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce and a Cranberry Orange Biscotti dipped in White Chocolate
This refreshing desert is sure to awaken and tantalize your taste buds with a combination of sweet and sour, cleansing your palate to continue your day!
Sweet Basil Lemonade
Fresh Brewed Iced Tea
(Regular and Decaffeinated)
Served with Lemon Wedges, Natural Sugar, and Stevia