Prasad, I think my favorite all around vegan spot

Oh Prasad how I love you.  Let me count the ways…2 visits in 2 days in Portland.   And I have replicated your meals for lunches for myself back home.  Now I just need the garlic tahini dressing recipe because I LOVE that stuff.

We had the pleasure of stopping at Prasad a few times while in Portland, OR.  We thought that it would be a great lunch to take on the road the first day, when we went to Seaside and Cannon Beach, Oregon.  It turned out we were absolutely correct.  I ordered the Dragon Bowl and it came with quinoa, red beans (my favorite,) wakame (sea vegetables,) avocado, kale sesame seeds, scallions and red cabbage.  And I opted for the garlic tahini dressing.  Not only was this a huge and filling meal, but it was protein packed and left me feeling energized and great as we enjoyed a beautiful cool day outside.  I did try my hubby’s meal, and he got the Chili Bowl with brown rice, roasted garlic chili, steamed kale, avocado, scallions, cilantro, green chili and garlic tahini sauces.  It was lovely as well but I preferred mine. 

Mom got a salad and ordered up the Bliss Salad (we don’t have pictures of hers,) with dried currants and figs, walnuts, quinoa, beets, carrots and mixed greens with lemon ginger dressing.  She said it was awesome, flavorful and delicious. 

One common denominator in all of our items was FRESH.  The food was SO fresh and perfectly cooked.  We had it cold by the time we ate it but we all felt that the flavor and quality was awesome nonetheless. 

Day two of Prasad I wanted to try something new and I got the Mighty Bowl with quinoa, steamed kale, red beans, and garlic tahini sauce.  Oh man was it good.  I think I liked the Dragon Bowl better only because of the wakame and cabbage.  But this was excellent.

My hubby tried the Urban Bowl with mixed greens with olive oil, steamed kale, cabbage, sea vegetables, avocado, carrots, scallions sesame & hemp seeds and got jalepeno cashew cheese dressing.  That was also awesome.  The dressing was great and such a wonderful flavor combination!

And Mom ordered Pasta Fresca with zucchini noodles tossed in sun-dried tomato pesto, with carrots and spinach, topped with cashew ricotta.  For a non-vegan, she really really enjoyed that as well.  And for me, it was a really nice tasty treat!

Prasad we love you.  I so wish that there were something remotely close in FL, but alas, Portland awaits me.  I sure did leave my heart there.  The other thing I loved about Prasad was its friendly and kind staff.  Each time we were there we interacted with several staff members, all of whom were extremely polite and they seemed to work together as a team flawlessly.  GREAT place to eat and I can’t wait to hang out more when I become an Oregonian!

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