The following post was written by Olive Dutkowski.
There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting in a long line up when you’re starving only to be handed another mediocre attempt at vegetarian cuisine. After going through this experience more than once, I decided to go on a quest for all of you veggie-lovers out there who want to jump on the Vancouver food truck wagon, but don’t know where to start.
The Vanburger and BC Poutine with Mushroom Gravy
This handmade veggie burger should be illegal for fear that it will be coated in gold and have people bowing at its feet. It’s locally made with mushrooms, oats, brown rice, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, onions, garlic and love. Don’t plan on sliding it in your pocket – the Vanburger is larger than life and definitely requires two hands.
And be sure to pop their poutine into your routine (I couldn’t resist). I had to triple check that this meaty gravy is indeed a veggie dish. It features crispy fries, real cheese curds and the best mushroom gravy Vancity has to offer.
Roasted Yam and Black Bean Tacos
If this wagon is rockin’, you should definitely come knockin’! This trio of veggie taco deliciousness is made with home-roasted yams and delicious black beans, and these tasty ingredients are only the beginning. Toppings include homemade roasted tomato salsa, avocado sauce, onion and fresh cilantro. Each taco includes two soft corn tortillas, which not only offer authentic Mexican flavour, but they’re also gluten-free!
Anything and Everything!
I was going to leave it at that, because it’s true. The Juice Truck is your very best, nutrient-rich friend. This cold pressed juice mecca on wheels serves up the healthiest, mind-blowing concoctions. Try the Carrot Apple for a sweet pick-me up, or the Almost Chocolate for when that afternoon chocolate craving hits. Feeling a little under the weather? Snag a Wellness Shot or the Cantaloupe to knock that cold right back to Ontario. Their newest menu addition is fresh and addictive homemade soup and Beta 5’s Hot Chocolate on a Stick. I can’t wait to see what these juicing geniuses come up with next!
Custom Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This is comfort food at its finest. It all starts with Cindy, the cheddar-slinging chiquita and mastermind behind the amazing sandwiches at this Swiss palace on wheels. Choose from a variety of freshly baked artisan breads, topped with melted, mouthwatering Daiya cheese and a pile of add-ons (think chopped onion, sliced tomato and sliced pickles). If you don’t want to create your own (and you’re not a vegan), don’t fret, the Jackson 3 (three pieces of sourdough surrounded by melted, brie, boursin and gruyere) will fill your belly and probably put you into a cheese coma for most of the afternoon. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a shot of Mom’s Roasted Tomato Soup (skip basil mascarpone to keep it vegan). This gourmet grilled cheese truck is sure to be a staple in Vancity’s food scene for years to come!
Salatim Veggie Wrap
Mangal Kiss is Middle Eastern BBQ at its best. Just try to resist Mangal’s traditionally twisted Salatim (translation: an edible sleeping bag full of your favorite veggies and the best sauces your mouth has ever tasted). Hummus, tahini, pickles, onion, purple cabbage, beets, pickled turnips, tomatoes, cucumbers, spicy Moroccan carrots, radish and tabbouleh topped with your choice of spicy sauce, all wrapped up in a warm piece of traditional Iranian flat bread. Adding a side of their homemade, perfectly spiced soup of the day makes this meal Vancouver’s most flavourful veggie combo under $10. When summer hits, expect Mangal’s refreshing Limonana (Israeli mint lemonade) to be in everyone’s hands, stuffed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, ground sprigs of mint, and sugar cane.
Olive Dutkowski is the Community Manager at ethicalDeal. She is passionate about living a more eco-conscious life and sharing tips on how you can do it, too!
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