Where do I even begin with this amazing company?! I had the great honor and pleasure of doing a 4 day raw-vegan fusion diet review from The Green Asylum. Now, if you know me then you know I am absolutely NOT a vegan or raw foodie. I enjoy humanely raised meat in my diet and had never even thought about the possibility of implementing raw-vegan fusion meals into my monthly eating regimen until this experience. Now, I KNOW this is something I can do and would like to do more of. I think it would be wonderful to add more raw-vegan fusion meals into our lives and know you will too after reading this feature.
The Green Asylum is a Phoenix based business specializing in raw-fusion, gluten-free, dairy-free cuisine. They will also soon be shipping their delicious cookies nationwide. After meeting Chef Amy, Chef Rose and Lane the founders of this great company, I was delighted to see the passion they have for this lifestyle. Their passion definitely shows through in their absolutely delicious food! Now what you have been waiting for, the reviews (and so-yummy pictures) of the tasty food offered by The Green Asylum.
I began my raw-vegan fusion diet with the mouth watering zucchini bacon. Yes, that’s right, zucchini bacon!!! I never even knew something like that was possible but I was so impressed with the smoky flavor and hearty bite. The zucchini bacon was served on a raw pita wrap with a cashew pesto with crisp lettuce and tomato. The wrap was moist and filling while also being easy to fold without breaking. The cashew pesto was rich and creamy while being a great accompaniment to this tasty wrap. Now, that wasn’t all I received for that lunch but I also enjoyed raw spicy barbecue kale chips that were awesome! I love chips so this was a great side to the tasty wrap.
For dinner that first evening I had a very yummy wild rice pilaf served with roasted beets and and Christmas kale. The wild rice pilaf was very hearty and full of flavor. I really enjoyed the nutty flavor from the almonds next to the sweet, dried cranberries. As I am the BIGGEST beet fan ever, and would marry Dwight Shrute from NBC’s The Office just for his beet farm, I LOVED the roasted beet salad! Rich, roasted beet flavor was the perfect side dish to the pilaf. The Christmas kale was a fresh addition to this meal. The colors were especially appealing.
Apple-butternut squash soup was served with a delicious Caesar salad topped with raw croutons and vegan Ceaser dressing. Finally, the meal was accompanied by raw garlic bread stars. This was my second days lunch and boy was it good! The soup couldn’t possibly have been more perfect in both texture and flavor. Silk smooth and creamy apple-butternut squash soup was a lovely winters day meal. The Caesar dressing was one of the best I have ever had! I have craved it since then. The garlic bread stars were a visually appealing savory treat as well as a flavorful one.
My favorite meal of all was this AMAZING pumpkin pesto pasta with cherry tomatoes and black olives. It was served with the garlic bread stars as well. This “pasta” was made using zucchini and was one of the tastiest things I have ever put it my mouth! It was so fresh and full of flavor. It made me never want a gluten free grain pasta again! The “pasta” was creamy and so full of flavor. It was very tasty and spiraled on my fork just like traditional pasta would. My mouth is water just thinking about this meal again! 😉 The cherry tomatoes and nutty olives added a fresh flavor and texture to an already delicious dish. I loved this so much!!!
Chili and gluten free cornbread along with Caesar salad and raw croutons was my next meal. The chili was seasoned just right and was hearty enough with the veggies and beans that I didn’t miss the meat at all! I felt that this hot chili was another great meal for a cold day or evening. The cornbread was thick and fluffy, full of rich, sweet corn flavor.
Artichoke potato gratin was my final meal at home before heading on the road to visit family out of state. This meal was SO hearty and could have filled even the biggest appetite…and that is without meat! Who new potato and artichokes were such great friends?! Now I do, the flavor was wonderful. Topped with crushed walnuts, that added a rich, nutty flavor this meal was both creamy and crunchy. This gratin was served with an apple beet salad with honey mustard dressing. LOVED this salad!
For my first meal on the road I enjoyed a tasty “not chicken” salad pita wrap. I was shocked how hearty this was since there was no meat but it was both hearty and full of delicious flavor. It was excellent inside the raw pita wrap with spicy barbecue kale chips along side. I actually enjoyed eating this instead of my go to gluten free meal from Wendy’s, the chili and side salad. The perfect dessert for this meal was the “perfect pairing” cranberry bars I was given. They were so delicious and like a skinny pie full of fruit and nut flavor. They couldn’t have been more moist and delicious! They were sweetened to perfection and an excellent addition to this lovely meal.
Finally, the raw sugar cookies by The Green Asylum were THE BEST! I couldn’t believe how delicious a raw cookie could be. With cashew being the main ingredient in these cookies, they were nutty as well as hearty. The vegan frosting that topped them was just delicious! I seriously ate at least 3 in one hour…yum! 🙂
The Green Asylum truly changed my vision of what healthful eating is and can be. If you are in the Metro Phoenix area, do your body and taste buds a favor and give them a call. You won’t regret it! Also, be sure to check out their website for yummy valentines treats and upcoming events.
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*Please keep in mind that this is not a dedicated gluten free facility. They do however, meet the standards for gluten free labeling. Please always use your own discretion when choosing to enjoy a gluten free product as we are not responsible for any one else and their consumption of these products.
**This company provided me with sample product for review purposes on this website. I was not paid or compensated in any other way for my reviews. They are my opinions and my opinions alone.