Kickoff the New Year with a focus on healthy cooking! Vegan Toledo is proud to announce we will be the guest speakers at next week's Lunch Cookbook Club at Way Public Library (101 E Indiana Ave, Perrysburg OH 43551) from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4. The event is typically a potluck, but we'll be bringing plenty of our favorite healthy, vegan recipes to try, so please feel free to just show up. We'll be giving away Vegan Toledo stickers and raffling off one of our favorite cookbooks. See you there!!!
Midwest Juicery is a Toledo-based company that is dedicated to making fresh, healthy juices. They use all organic fruits and vegetables and use a cold-press process along with a high pressure process that is used to extend the shelf life of their juices without any chemical additives.
They currently have four varieties: 16 Carrot Gold (carrots, apple, lemon and ginger), Apple of my Eye (apple, lettuce, cucumber and lemon), Beets by Midwest (beet, carrot, apple, lemon and ginger) and Green by Envy (apple, lettuce, cucumber, celery, kale, lemon and parsley).
We’ve tried them all and enjoy each one for different reasons. The 16 Carrot Gold is the sweetest, with the Beets version having an earthy taste that you would expect. The juices tasted fresh and had just enough pulp to know that these juices were made from real fruit and veggies. And there are absolutely no added ingredients beyond the fruits and veggies… no weird chemicals that you need to look up online.
We like that Midwest Juicery doesn’t rely on unhealthy juice claims that we often see in the juicing industry. Juices aren’t a real replacement for eating the full fruit or veggie, with all of the benefits of fiber. But they can be a nice addition to one’s diet for a short-term energy boost.
You can find Midwest Juicery products at many local retailers. See the list here: https://www.midwestjuicery.com/pages/retail-locations You can also purchase their juices via their web site.
We love that they proudly advertise vegan on the side of the product. And we love that they are based in Toledo! Cheers!
As mentioned previously, it may seem like a paradox but sushi restaurants are often great places to find good vegan food. Vegetable sushi is nearly always vegan and many sushi restaurants have other Japanese-style food that can be made vegan. Koto Buki is one of our favorites for vegan options in Toledo.
First off, they have a good selection of vegetable sushi rolls that are vegan. Basically, all of their vegetarian rolls, except the ones that include tempura, are vegan. These include the cucumber roll, avocado roll, CAA roll, shiitake roll and plain fashion roll (avocado, cucumber, spinach, lettuce, asparagus and kanpyo [sweet Japanese pickled gourd]). The only vegetarian roll that vegans should avoid is the Yasai Roll (a Japanese sweet potato that includes tempura—most tempura bases include egg).
For appetizers, we ordered the shiitake roll and the plain fashion roll. Both were good; if we were to only order one, we’d go with the shiitake roll next time. We were also served a simple side salad with ginger dressing (NOTE: the miso soup is not vegan).
For entrees, we ordered the curry rice and the Yaki Soba, which was pan-fried buckwheat noodles with vegetables. Both were tasty. Other options include the zaru soba and the stir-fried vegetables, as well Koto Buki fried rice (if you ask them to hold the egg) and Kotobuki Tofu Teriyaki (if ordered with seasoned soy sauce). There is also one mochi dessert option that is vegan.
With our two rolls, two appetizers, soup and salad, we had a nice amount of leftovers for another meal! Koto Buki is a great place with a delightful atmosphere. We found the staff helpful and willing to check on ingredients for us. We give a strong recommendation for Koto Buki!