FLOWER CHILD RESTAURANT // DALLAS - [#SHAREDALLAS]

Lovers of healthy; yummy; guilt-free meals - REJOICE!  Flower child is the place we have been waiting for.

There is a place that serves up the most delicious healthy food I have ever hadIf all healthy food tasted and looked like what they serve up at flower child, I will never have a problem with my diet. The menu has organic; gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.

The first time I stopped by flower child was at lunch time on a weekday and the lines were out the door (granted it was Good Friday), but for a place that has been opened for over a month, I was surprised to see the long lines. I  had an after lunch appointment so I gave up waiting after fifteen minutes in the queue with plans to return another day.

Thankfully, I did not have to wait long. The next day, I found myself in the neighborhood around the same time I was beginning to feel peckish. I ordered the early riser bowl and one of the seasonal lemonade offering and it was yummy. Now that we have established they have great food, let's talk about the ambiance and I have one word that captures it all Instagram-worthy.

Every corner of Flower Child is Instagram-worthy. From the lettering on the outside window that captures the essence of this restaurant to the "howdy" welcome mat and brightly colored "radiate from within sign marking the back wall, you will be hard pressed not to whip out your phone to capture a few snapshots. They have a kids menu for your little and a patio area that is perfect for nice weather days.

My favorite menu items: The early riser bowl and the crushed avocado toast

Flower Child

Location: Inwood Village - 5450 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, Texas 75209

Hours: Open from 11 am to 9 pm everyday

EASY CHANA MASALA RECIPE [VEGETERIAN]

Every year on my birthday, I pick one area that I want to work on, improve etc. This year I decided to shift my eating habits. Nothing extreme, just little tweaks and changes in the way I eat, less salt, less fat, less eating out and less take out. Better portion control, meal planning, home cooking, ingredients and recipes. I also wanted to infuse delicious meat less recipes and I finally have a great one to share with you - Chana Masala aka chick pea stew. This has become my go to healthy, meatless option. I usuallty serve it with brown rice or just by itself. 

Chana Masala

I usually use canned chick pea when I am pressed for time which is just about everytime I make this , but you can also use raw chick peas. Follow the cooking instructions on the pack to prep it before joining into the recipe below. 

What you need:

  • Two tablespoons of clarified butter (ghee)
  • One tablespoon minced garlic
  • One large onion (diced)
  • Half teaspoon salt
  • Half teaspoon coriander
  • Half teaspoon turmeric
  • One teaspoon garam marsala
  • Half teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • One 6 oz can of tomato sauce
  • One heaping tablespoon of tomato paste
  • Two 15 oz cans of garbanzo beans
  • One teaspoon cilantro
  • Bay Leaves
  • Half teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Vegetable stock (optional)

How To

  • Heat clarified butter over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and onions and cook for five minutes.
  • Add spices - coriander, turmeric, salt, red pepper flakes, stir and cook on medium heat for seven to ten minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add tomato sauce and tomato paste, stir and let it simmer on medium to low heat until the mixture start to bubble up (seven to ten minutes)
  • Rinse the garbanzo bean and add to mixture. Add garam masala, bay leaves and cilantro and stir. If the mixture is too thick add water or vegetable stock. Taste and add more spices as needed. You can add the cayenne pepper now if you prefer it spicy (if not, leave out).
  • Place lid on the pot and let it simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Serve with basmati rice - white or brown.