PSA: Always Run Your Plate “Through The Garden”

Running Your Plate Through The Garden

Soy Curls Birria

Soy Curls Birria Over Steamed Rice Run Through a Garden of Shredded Lettuce, Fresh Cilantro, Diced Onions, and a Beautiful Onion Drop

The technique of running your plate “through the garden” is rooted in historical food traditions — a time before overprocessed and over-salted foods took center stage. After finding some of my favorite plant-based dishes, I realized many of them were begging for a run through the garden. Sprinkle on some dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, dried parsley, and other crunchy dried vegetables and tasty herbs (think fresh or dried shallots, dill, tarragon, chives, rosemary, the list goes on and on!).

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You can take an already-amazing plate of rice and beans and make it over-the-top delicious by showering it in it’s own crispy, crunchy, herbaceous garden mix. What about shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, minced onion, and black beans. The options are endless, but if you’re looking for some suggestions, see some examples below and check out my post on Crunch Toppings!

More Examples

Soy Curls Shawarma Plate

Soy Curls Shawarma
Soy Curls Shawarma Over Steamed Rice, Plant-Based Dilly Sour Cream Sauce, Run Through a Garden of Diced Cucumber, Dill, Slivered Shallots and Scallions Next to Cucumber Semi-Circles

Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo

Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo
Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo, Run Through a Garden of Shaved White Button Mushrooms and Dried Parsley (Tomatoes Are Great On This One As Well!)


Congee, Run Through a Garden of Celery Leaves and Fresh Scallions

Red Beans and Rice

Rice and Beans, Run Through the Garden
Red Beans and Rice, Run Through a Garden of Fresh Scallions, Dried Minced Onions, Dried Dried Minced Garlic, and Dried Parsley

Smoky Split Pea Soup

Smokey Split-Pea Soup
Smoky Split Pea Soup, Run In-Between a Garden of Super Sweet Yellow Corn and Cubed Russet Potatoes (With a Side of Baguette!)