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Feelin’ flexy?


Going vegetarian, but only part of the time

Carol Smaglinski April 20th, 2011

A “flexitarian” is a concept that has been around since the ’40s, when our government asked citizens to give up meat for some meals, so the extra rations could be donated to our troops at war. Now scores of folks are flexing, so in honor of Earth Day on Friday — which also happens to be Good Friday — consider making your next meal meatless.

The Earth Cafe and Deli

750 asp, Norman

573-5933

Going meatless is made easy at this Campus Corner spot, where a diverse menu caters to vegetarians and vegans (without forgetting the ominvores out there). The Earth boasts a menu that spells out the organic, fair trade and vegan finds, like pastries made with unrefined sugars and flours or the fresh smoothies. For something a bit heartier, try The Über, a veggie burger topped with cheese, avocado, sautéed red onions and more.

$$ Sandwiches and more


Meiki’s Italian American

6916 Northwest expressway

721-5522

Freeing themselves from conventional recipes always done with sausage or pepperoni, the folks at this neighborly Italian restaurant have created a menu that allows a vegetarian to get it done without the meat — and that’s including the lasagna, too. Try the pesto pasta, the vegetarian calzone or the pizza that is created using just-cooked colorful vegetables. Meiki’s customers appreciate the efforts.

$$ Italian


The Stuffed Olive

12215 S. Pennsylvania

735-7593

Going meatless is simple at The Stuffed Olive. Fresh herbs form the background for the luscious tomato-basil soup, which is not made with a chicken broth base and is super low calorie, too. The owner loves to share her expertise with customers. Also look for the pesto-garden sandwich done with spinach, mushrooms and marinated artichoke hearts.

$$ Sandwiches and pastries


Picasso Cafe

3009 paseo

602-2002

Several nice items on Picasso Cafe’s menu can help you get into the veggie groove. In fact, it has a whole listing for vegetarian food, including build-your-own pizza, “chicken-fried” portobello mushrooms, the veggie burger and the Frito chili pie. Incidentally, the soft pretzels are made fresh daily, and they would go good with the health-conscious vegan chili.

$$ American


Inca Trail Peruvian Restaurant

10948 N. may

286-0407

There are several dishes on the menu at Inca Trail that appeal to vegetarians, including an appetizer potato with a peppery cream sauce or the stuffed avocado that comes plated with vegetables. Several menu items at this exciting Peruvian restaurant can be prepared without meat, and the chef says his crew can work it out in no time at all.

$$ Peruvian


Pelican’s Restaurant

291 N. air Depot

732-4392

Just imagine sitting and listening to the crashing surf. You can do that in your imagination while dining at Pelican’s, which has a nifty nautical theme and all the seafood to go with it. For pescetarians, it serves Norwegian salmon, lump crab cakes with a remoulade sauce, grilled tilapia, fresh oysters and luscious shrimp in several variations. The salad bar is kept fresh and the dressings are house-made.

$$$ Seafood


Jimmy’s Egg

5012 N. Classen Blvd.

843-1144

This is just one of the many locations of Jimmy’s Egg around the city and state. Jimmy’s Egg has also branched out into other states, too. Options here include egg-white omelets, whole-wheat pancakes and toast, and more. It has a variety of omelets, but if you are particular and want to choose your own fillings inside an omelet, the cooks can do it.

$$ Breakfast and more

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman


 
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