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Soups and Stews 


Red Lentil
A hearty soup with sweet squash, carrots and parsnips; flavored by basil, thyme and oregano; a great staple

Chickpea Vegetable
A thick stew with lots of root vegetables, celery, turmeric and bay

Cream of Cauliflower
A delightful blend of cauliflower, onion and potato with fresh dill and umeboshe plum vinegar

Gypsy Soup
A colorful spicy mix of garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, peppers, tomatoes, green beans or peas and warm spices

Vegetable Noodle Soup
Japanese soba noodles with scallions and sesame oil served with a kombu-based broth with shitake mushrooms, greens, carrots and onions

Russian Beet and Cabbage Borscht
Velvety and rich with potatoes, carrots and celery; made delectable with caraway, tomato and honey, excellent complimented by yogurt or sour cream

Black Turtle Bean Soup
Tasty and thick with garlic, squash and basil

Yellow Split Pea
Split peas in a brothy soup with summer vegetables of zucchini and celery

Carrot Ginger *
A smooth, soothing blend of sweet carrot and pungent fresh ginger with cinnamon, allspice, fennel, mint and lemon, pureed with toasted cashews

Miso Soups
Miso Vegetable and Tofu – heartier with garlic, vegetables and herbs
Miso Squash – sweeter and smooth
Miso Shitake Daikon – more Japanese, enhanced with sea veggies and scallions
Miso Ginger – with snow peas and watercress

Mushroom Barley (Dairy optional)
A tasty version with brown and shitake mushrooms, pearl barley, navy beans, sherry and parsley

Curried Green Split Pea
Smooth with a touch of spice and sliced root vegetables

Brazilian Black Bean *
A tangy, zippy, filling soup with carrot, peppers,
tomatoes, cumin and hints of orange and cilantro

Vitality Fish Soup
A strengthening mix of white fish, daikon radish, burdock root, shitake mushrooms, carrot, ginger and wakame in a healing kombu dashi (broth)

Southwestern Corn and Sweet Potato
A beautiful soup accented by red bell peppers, cilantro and lime

Seafood Chowder
A thick, hearty tomato based stock with seafood, onion, garlic, carrots, other seasonal vegetables, paprika and a touch of cayenne.

Thai Coconut Vegetable or Shrimp Soup
Lemongrass, lime, ginger and coconut broth with shrimp and/or light vegetables

Southern Rio Stew
A spicy rich stew with Ancho chili, vegetables and tomatoes

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Long grain brown – lighter for warmer days
Short grain brown – heartier for cooler days
Sweet rice – sticky and filling
Wehani rice – chewy texture, red-brown color and nutty flavor
Wild rice – hearty and textured, good mixed with other grains

Chewy grain high in protein and beneficial to the liver

Hearty roasted buckwheat with a comforting texture

A very alkalizing grain with a soft texture and lovely yellow color

An ancient Inca grain with excellent protein and a light, fluffy texture

Soft and comforting when cooked and a crunchy snack if toasted

Soothing cornmeal that cools and can be cut in pieces like cake
or topped with salad or a main dish

Light and fluffy grain derived from wheat, with a pasta-like flavor


Brown Rice with Walnuts
or Cashews or Pecans. Nuts added to basic rice provides extra protein and flavor

Brown and Wild Rice With Gomasio
A good blend with toasted sesame seed condiment

Polenta With Pine Nuts
Fresh Rosemary and Basil
Fresh herbs and nuts give this a lovely Italian flavor

Kasha with Onions and Thyme
Onions and thyme add a savory tint to this nutty grain

Cornbread (Dairy-eggs)
A delightful bread made with organic eggs and maple syrup and a hint of orange

Poppyseed Cornbread
A scone-like bread with fresh corn and poppy seeds

Quinoa Red Pepper Salad
A very fresh, lively salad with scallions, cilantro, parley and lemon

Saffron Basmati Rice Pilaf
Saffron’s perfumed flavor makes this dish a special treat, dappled with seasonal vegetables and pine nuts

Quinoa Corn Salad with Basil
Tasty dish enhanced by garlic, scallions, olive oil and brown rice vinegar

Millet with Pecans and Squash
A warm, cozy and sweet dish

Lemony Ginger Cous-Cous
Zingy, pungent and light

Bulger wheat salad with tomatoes, scallions, olive oil, lemon, mint and parsley

Mixed Grain Pilaf *
A wonderful blend of three different rices, barley, wheat or rye berries and
added carrot, onion, celery, Italian spices, mustard and tamari

(best eaten the day of cooking)
-Salmon pesto risotto
-Butternut Squash risotto with tarragon and peas
-Seasonal Specialty- please check with Chef Rice

Baked Lemon Rice
Light basmati rice baked in vegetable broth with onions, chives and lemon peel

Brown Rice Nori Rolls *
Vegetarian sushi filled with carrots, scallions, cucumber or avocado,
umeboshe plum paste and sesame seeds; served with wasabi and tamari

Green Breakfast *
An awesome nutritious cereal made with ground oats, sunflower, sesame and flax seeds,
wheat germ, soy lecithin, bee pollen and spirulina; just add a little hot water,
soy or rice milk and maple syrup and you’re ready to go

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Miso Tahini Udon Noodles
Rich pasta with red peppers and scallions

Soba Noodles in Spicy Peanut Sauce
Wild yam and buckwheat pasta with sweet and
spicy Thai sauce, red cabbage and bean sprouts

Pesto Garlic Parsley Ribbons
Noodles with garlic, pine nut olive oil and basil pesto

Noodle Kugel (Dairy-eggs)
A tasty traditional dish with tahini, apples, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon and maple syrup

Angel Hair with Salmon
sun-dried tomatoes,
red onion and pine nuts.
Simply delicious; best served the day of cooking

Vegetable Lasagna (Dairy-cheese) *
Fully-loaded with onion, carrot, pepper, zucchini and eggplant, three kinds of cheese and an herb blended sauce

Penne Pasta with Squash and Tomatoes
A lovely dish flavored with tumeric and tahini

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Arugula and Chili
A Jamie Oliver inspired dish with heated dish with ginger and lemon



Aduki Beans and Squash
Excellent for the kidneys, adukis have a sweeter flavor enhanced by garlic and squash

Middle Eastern Hummus *
Smooth and tasty chickpea spread with garlic, olive oil, lemon and tahini

Anasazi Beans with Carrots and Zucchini
Colorful beans with dried basil and light vegetables

Pintos with Onions, Peppers and Tomatoes
Good texture and flavor with a spicy garlic, chile background

Pintos with Fresh Corn and Squash
A comforting dish; great for filling tortillas

Kidney Bean and Seitan Chili
Enhanced by carrot, celery, garlic, tomato, parsley and cayenne pepper

Three Bean Salad
A colorful, flavorful crowd pleaser with red onion, caper, tomato and feta cheese (optional)

Morroccan Lentil and Eggplant Stew
A flavorful, rich dish with Berber spices

Green Lentils with Indian Spices
A hearty legume dish with cumin, coriander and curry powder

Baked Beans with Miso and Apple Butter
A rich, sweet, tangy vegetarian variation

Black Eyed Peas with Mushrooms and Onions
Beautiful dish with savory vegetables and tamari

Light Spice Mung Bean Dahl
Rich bean dish with spices and fresh vegetables

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(A protein rich product made from cultured soybeans)

Tofu, Carrot, Squash and Cashew Sauté
A wonderfully sweet and soft dish with tahini and turmeric

Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry
Cubed tofu chunks with seasonal vegetables and herbs

Baked Tofu with Shitake Mushrooms and Cashews Chewy tofu cutlets in a savory miso tahini sauce

Tofu Scramble
Crumbled tofu with onions, peppers, scallions, tomatoes, turmeric and tamari

Tofu Leek Mushroom Stroganoff *
Rich and creamy with miso, sunflower cream and umeboshe paste;
excellent over noodles or rice

Tofu Nori Rolls *
Brown rice rolls with marinated tofu, ume paste and sesame seeds; served with tamari wasabi sauce and pickled ginger

Tofu Salad
A light dish with carrots, celery, scallions, crumbled tofu, olive oil, lemon and tamari

Thai Vegetable and Tofu Curry
A rich dish with coconut milk, ginger, lime and ciilantro

(A heartier cultured soybean product)

Tempeh with Broccoli, Grilled Garlic & Grated Beets
Flavored with toasted sesame oil

Baked Pesto Tempeh
Crunchy triangles with garlic and basil; drizzled with olive oil

Tempeh with Kabocha and Daikon
This dish is saucy and sweet with an apple juice tamari marinade, smooth squash and chunks of pungent radish

Baked Citrus Thyme Tempeh
Steamed tempeh in a light, zingy and savory marinade; good served with sliced cucumbers

Miso Tahini Tempeh Stir-Fry
Cubed tempeh with seasonal vegetables in a savory and rich sauce

(Made from wheat gluten; has high protein and a tamari flavor)

Caribbean Roti Mix
Seitan, garbanzo beans, squash, carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes, spices, lime and cilantro;
awesome for filling tortillas, served over rice or with pasta

Garlic Seitan Stir-Fry
Tasty seitan with carrots, mushrooms, onions and bok choy or other seasonal vegetables

Jerk-Marinated Seitan
Baked seitan in a flavorful mix of caramelized onions, allspice, lime and cilantro

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Chef Rice prefers to purchase Alaskan wild salmon and Albacore or Yellow fin Tuna

Baked Salmon
Marinated in lemon, dill, garlic and tamari

Broiled Salmon Walnut Nori Rolls *
Delectable walnut-brown rice rolls filled with garlic-ginger salmon, avocado, cucumber,
scallions, umeboshe paste and sesame seeds; excellent with pickled ginger and wasabi tamari

Salmon “Risotto”
Made with brown rice, carrots, zucchini, scallions,
tomato, olive oil, garlic, Italian spices and lemon

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad
A lovely mix of corn, snow peas, red onions, arugula and salmon tossed with pasta in a garlic vinaigrette dressing

Tuna Steaks in Tangy Cilantro Marinade
Lemon, olive oil, ginger, garlic, soy and cilantro make this dish enticing;
excellent served in the marinade over grain

When choosing fish, Chef Rice buys the freshest fish possible and consults the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Central US Seafood Guide. Light white fish could include: cod, tilapia, and sole. White fish steaks could include Pacific halibut, US Mahi mahi, and striped bass

Baked Light White Fish with Shitakes and Onions
Marinated in white wine and served with the sautéed vegetables

Light White Fish in Mustard Marinade
Baked in a smooth and tangy sauce with lemon, thyme and horseradish

Light White Fish with Herbs and Lime
Fresh and flavorful with a lovely blend of parsley, garlic, paprika, tomatoes and scallions

Spicy White Fish Steaks
Complimented by cumin, cilantro, carrot, onion, tomato and chile, this fish packs a punch

Light White Fish in Broth with Noodles
Japanese kombu dashi (broth), soba noodles, red pepper, boc choy, carrots and ginger

Poached White Fish Steaks with Mushroom Sauce
A saucy dish with white wine, mushrooms, bell peppers and savory herbs

Occasionally Chef Rice can obtain fresh shrimp from Fabian Seafood. If your cooking day is close to the company’s once a month Iowa City stop, this high quality seafood will be used.

Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup
A soothing and slightly spicy coconut milk and lemongrass broth
with shrimp and vegetables.

Shrimp with Chili, Parsley, Garlic and Ginger
Fiery and fresh flavor with lemon; great served with crusty bread or rice

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Chef Rice only purchases high-quality, hormone-free and free-range chicken. Please see featured local products on the news page for more details.

Divine Chicken Salad
A delectable dish with shitake mushrooms, sliced almonds, carrots, scallions
and cilantro tossed with a sesame, soy and lemon dressing

Chicken in Wine Sauce (D)
(My mother’s beloved recipe!)
Shredded chicken with lots of crimini mushrooms and onions in a white wine and Portobello mushroom sauce that contains organic butter and eggs. Good served over basmati or brown rice

Squash Chicken Casserole (D)
Shredded chicken breasts mixed with onions, squash, carrots, and potatoes sautéed in butter and baked with a squash, tarragon and thyme sauce.
Good served over a blend of brown, wild and wehani rices

Mexican Chicken
Savory and slightly sweet chicken pieces cooked with onions, carrots and jalapeño.
Plenty of tortillas are essential with this dish.

Sesame Chicken Wings
Finger licking good; these tasty morsels are cooked in a sticky sweet sauce and flecked with brown sesame seeds.

Chicken Enchiladas (*) (Dairy-opt.)
A hearty family dish with shredded chicken, vegetables, and a tomato
and chili based sauce layered with corn tortillas and optional cheese.

Indian Chicken Kourma (D)
A rich dish with chunked chicken in a coconut milk and yogurt sauce with Indian spices

Baked Lemon Rosemary Chicken
A whole chicken roasted with lots of garlic, rosemary and pepper;
accompanied by roast potatoes in the pan.

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Chef Rice uses naturally raised, hormone-free lamb.
Please see featured local products section on the news page for more details.

English Lamb Stew
A hearty blend of chunked lamb, barley, root vegetables and savory herbs

Roast Lamb Chops with Pomegranate Sauce
Delectable meat with a sweet and slightly tangy sauce

Lamb Burger Patties (Dairy-eggs)
Tasty and made with bread crumbs, a mint and rosemary spice mixture, and eggs
Good served with marinated red onion condiment

Ratatouille with Lamb
A tomato based baked dish with sliced lamb, onion, zucchini and peppers

Moroccan Lamb and Vegetable Tagine (Stew)
Many spices and flavors combine in this dish that includes squash, onions, peppers, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, parsley and cilantro

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Bok Choy, Garbanzo, Artichoke Salad
A flavorful and textured mix, tossed with a light vinaigrette

Steamed Beet and Carrot Salad
Naturally sweet and beautiful

Fresh Green Salad
Lovely mix of baby lettuces, green onions, cucumber
and sprouts dressed with a light vinaigrette

Oriental Cilantro Slaw
Finely chopped cabbage, carrots, and scallion in a
slightly spiced soy-lime dressing topped with roasted peanuts

Guacamole with Roasted Corn *
Spicy and fresh with tomatoes, chile, red onions and sweet corn

Umeboshe Cabbage
The best tangy and sweet red cabbage dish ever

Broiled Portobello Mushrooms
Marinated in a savory mix of garlic, tamari, vinegar and sherry

Marinated Beets and Red Onions *
Tossed in a luscious blend of lemon, orange juice and umeboshe vinegar

Sweet Basil Carrots
Wonderful steamed carrots tossed with olive oil, maple syrup and fresh basil

Butternut Squash and Onions
Savory oregano flavor and melting texture

Baked Sweet Potatoes
Simple and yummy

Rosemary Roasted Root Veggies
Delectable dish of squash, carrot, parsnips, garlic
and onions in tamari, sesame oil and rosemary

Baked Delicata Squash Rings
The makes a pretty side dish; brushed with oil, salt and pepper and baked

Roasted New Potatoes
Scrumptious and lightly browned with olive oil

Coconut Mashed Yams
Smooth and tasty with coconut milk and thyme

Cinnamon Acorn Squash
Halved, drizzled with maple syrup and baked to perfection

Sautéed Chard with Onions
Enhanced with garlic and tamari

Lemon Garlic Asparagus
Light, crispy and fresh

Miso Tahini Asparagus and Mushrooms
A savory and saucy side dish

Steamed Kale
Simple and good for you

Steamed Tamari Watercress
A beautiful pungent and fresh green vegetable

Sautéed Garlic Spinach
Warm and savory

American Chopped Salad (Dairy-opt)
Fresh and flavorful with raw onion, peppers, tomatoes,
cucumber, lettuce, radish and optional feta cheese

Collard Greens with Caramelized Onions
Bitter and sweet all rolled into one

Mixed Greens and Walnut Sauté
Kale, collard greens and mustard greens with tamari

Sesame Broccoli
Bright green with little sesame snow flakes

French Green Bean Salad
Just crunchy beans tossed with a caper, Dijon, and shallot dressing

Broccoli and Carrots
Bright and beautiful cooked with a little toasted sesame oil

Kale, Beets and Sunflower Seeds
Grated beets sautéed with fresh greens and seeds

Cabbage, Cashews and Kale
Extra yummy with red cabbage and tamari

Carrots, Squash and Cashews
With a good soft texture and mellow tahini flavor

Cabbage, Onions and Carrots
Julienne sauté with umeboshe vinegar and black sesame seeds

Spinach Salad
Super tasty salad with red onion, pine nuts, and balsamic vinegar

Mushroom Leek Gravy
With a savory miso flavor, great over a baked potato or basic grains

Create Your Own Stir-Fry

Choose up to five from the following list:
Onions, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, mushrooms, corn, squash, scallions, pea pods, tomatoes,
cauliflower, zucchini, celery, bean sprouts, kale, arame, hiziki, sunflower seeds, cashews

And choose one of the following flavors:
miso-tahini, lemon-garlic, pesto, curry, toasted sesame

Seasonal Stir-Fry
Chef Rice chooses the freshest seasonal vegetables for your stir-fry

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Sea Vegetables


Arame with Daikon and Burdock
Sautéed with onion and tamari

Hiziki with Carrot and Lotus Root
Strengthening and energizing
(subject to lotus root availability)

Wakame Salad with Cucumbers

Light and chewy sea vegetable with umeboshe vinegar,
orange juice, toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds

Arame Sea Vegetable Salad

Lovely carrots and red cabbage tossed with dill, tamari, vinegar and toasted sesame seeds

Hiziki, Squash and Broccoli
Rich and filling with tamari, lemon juice and sesame oil

Arame with Sweet Corn and Onions
Beautiful yellow corn sautéed with the onions
and black sea vegetable in herbs and sesame oil

[Sea vegetables can also be added to many of the soups, basic grains and stir-frys.]

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Vegan Chocolate Cake
A light and moist cake sweetened with maple syrup and cocoa powder; can be enhanced with orange or mint zest or topped with maple tahini frosting

Creative Couscous Cakes
Light and cool cake with a couscous bottom and jelled topping, made with maple syrup and apple juice, also excellent for breakfast; choose one of the following flavors: Blueberry • raspberry-pear • cinnamon apple-raisin • orange-cranberry • blackberry-peach
apricot-ginger • strawberry-vanilla • banana-mango-coconut • kiwi-lime • chocolate-almond

Squash Pie (*)
Delectable cinnamon squash filling sweetened with maple syrup and apple juice, in a dairy-free crust, topped with toasted pecans (Also good: Parsnip Pie)

Poached Pears in Raspberry Sauce
Softened sweet pears filled with raspberry sauce and toasted almonds and served on a bed of orange sauce

Apple Crisp (*)
Warm apples and raisins layered with toasted oats, nuts and seeds, sweetened
with maple syrup and apple juice; extra yummy served with warm amasake or yogurt

Almond Butter Cookies
Crunchy, rich and satisfying; sweetened with maple syrup

Date Nut Bars
Rich oat and nut bars with a smooth orange-date filling

Carrot Cake (*)
A not overly sweet cake with raisins and walnuts; topped with tahini-maple tofu icing

Pine Nut and Anise Cookies
Wonderfully tasty and crunchy with whole pine nuts
and anise seed, sweetened with maple syrup

Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies
Not-too-sweet cake-like cookies made with oats, apple sauce, soy milk, dairy-free chocolate chips and maple syrup

Lemon Kanten
Light and refreshing jelled dessert made with apple juice, agar agar, amazake, or brown rice syrup; can be cut in pieces for a sweet snack
(Other fruit kanten also available)

Amazake Pudding with Toasted Almonds
Rich and creamy rice cream, thickened with kuzu root

Dried Fruit Compote with Cashew Almond Cream
Rich, nutritious and naturally sweet stewed apricots, prunes and raisins with lemon zest;
served with a rich nut, dairy-free cream

Gourmet Granola *
Crunchy oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and raisins, pecans, cashews and walnuts, sweetened with barley malt, apple juice and maple syrup; wonderful as a snack or breakfast cereal

Lemon Curdy Pudding (Dairy/Sugar)
A comforting baked dish with a coddled consistency

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Satisfying morsels made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with maple syrup

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Almost as good as a bowl of oatmeal if you are in a hurry

Hearty Bran Muffins
Packed with raisins, nuts, flax seed meal, bran, wheat, apples and carrots

Zucchini Bread (Dairy-eggs)
Delicious and light flavor sweetened with maple syrup

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Appetizers • Condiments



Deviled Eggs
A classic favorite, sprinkled with paprika

Edamame Dip
A lovely dip made with dairy or soy yogurt and mint,
Serve with vegetable slices, bread or crackers

Toasted olive oil brushed bread with your choice of toppings:
-tomato and olive
-mixed fresh herb
-canellini beans and garlic


Traditional toasted sesame condiment, slowly and consciously pan-toasted and ground;
an excellent source of extra calcium and good on top of most dishes; can replace table salt

Dulse and Pumpkin Seeds
Toasted high-protein condiment or snack

Turnip Pickles
Crunchy and pungent in tamari, brown rice vinegar and fresh ginger

Sea Palm and Sunflower Seeds
Roasted sea palm with crunchy seeds

Marinated Red Onions
A delicious addition to many meals and sandwiches

A fiery chili and garlic spread

Moroccan Preserved Lemons
(Please order 1 month in advance)
Salt preserved lemons can change any meal into a tangy delectable feast

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Menu Ideas



Chickpea Veggie Stew
Mixed Grain Pilaf
Garlic Seitan Stir Fry
Marinated Beets and Red Onions
Vegan Chocolate Cake

Red Lentil Soup
Brown Rice with Walnuts
Steamed Kale
Daikon, Burdock and Arame

Japanese Shitake Daikon Miso Soup
Broiled Salmon Nori Rolls
Steamed Tamari Watercress
Arame Sea Vegetable Salad
Lemon Kanten

Miso Ginger Soup
Miso Tahini Tempeh Stir Fry
Umeboshe Cabbage
Cucumber Wakame Salad

Kidney Bean and Seitan Chili
Quinoa Spirals and Stir Fry
Cabbage Carrot Basil Slaw
Broiled Portobello Mushrooms
Cous-Cous Cake

Corn and Sweet Potato Soup
Pinto Beans
Butternut Squash and Onions
Fresh Green Salad

Vegetable Noodle Soup
Middle Eastern Hummus
Tofu Burgers
Broccoli and Carrots
Almond Butter Cookies

Vitality Fish Soup
Mushroom Leek Gravy
Lemon Garlic Asparagus
Baked Pesto Tempeh

Russian Beet and Cabbage Borcht
Kasha with Onions and Thyme
Tofu Leek Mushroom Stroganoff
Balsamic Beans
Noodle Kugel

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Clients' Favorites



Brazilian Black Bean Soup
Baked Salmon
Steamed Garlic Asparagus
Lemon Garlic Asparagus

Carrot Ginger Soup
Mixed Grain Pilaf
Tofu Stir Fry
Sesame Broccoli
Sweet Basil Carrots

White Fish in Mustard Marinade
Bok Choy, Garbanzo, Artichoke Salad
Roasted New Potatoes
Carrots and Broccoli
Apple Crisp

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"Lindsay is a treasure and anyone who has the honor of having her cook for them is blessed. Lindsay is an excellent chef and she paid careful attention to our particular needs and preferences."
J. Wager, Berkeley, CA


"Nourishing Spirit has opened my mind and palate to an alternative, healthier cuisine and taken the pressure off preparing good meals every day for my family. The menu choices are creative and surprisingly delicious." - K. McClung, Berkeley, CA

"I find Nourishing Spirits' socially and environmentally conscious vision refreshing. It's a spiritual practice of nourishing life and appreciating abundance. Each mouthful has been an intimate reminder that my life is interconnected with all others." - J. Wittrup, Santa Fe, NM

"Lindsay's personable attitude with those involved at East West has been refreshing, and extremely appreciated.
M. Narrol, Director, East West Center, Toronto, ON


  Baaxpee is a Native American symbol representing the spiritual power with the ability to transform objects and lives.


Chef Lindsay Rice

Baaxpee is a Native American symbol representing the spiritual power with the ability to transform objects and lives.


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