Veggie Xpress: A Truck Above the Rest!

Veggie Xpress comes to You!
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(954) 668-4034

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by Andrea Medalie

 

 

So my running partner, Mark, and I had just finished an early 14-mile combo run (road and trail) and boy were we famished!  We didn’t feel like the old run-of-the-mill bagel joint/deli where I usually end up with just a multigrain bagel with peanut butter!  So we opted for the bi-weekly seasonal farmer’s market located in our beautiful city of Parkland, FL (a suburb just south of West Boca Raton, north of Coral Springs), where we knew we would find the Veggie Xpress food truck. A diamond in the rough, Veggie Xpress lives up to its motto:  “Delicious. Nutritious. Conscientious.”

 

Veggie Xpress Food Truck

 

Sure, there were plenty of vendors with vegan-friendly products like guacamole, olive oil, pickles, pasta and pastries but no other booth or stand offered wholesome and satisfying made-to-order meals like Veggie Xpress.  Owned and operated by registered dietician/nutritionist/personal trainer Lori Kupferman for well over a year now, Veggie Xpress offers a wide array of all-natural, vegan, Kosher-style fare with no added salt or sugar –  from smoothies to soups, wraps to gluten-free sides as well as desserts.

Veggie Xpress Food Truck Menu2

 

Lori adopted a plant-based diet 3 years ago after being a vegetarian for 4 years.  She decided to purchase the 1 yr old Veggie Xpress truck from another owner with the goal of sharing the vegan lifestyle where she believes in prevention rather than treatment.  As it is written across her truck…   “Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy Food,” a well known quote from Hippocrates.  She also owns a food trailer and both vehicles house fully-equipped kitchens.  Veggie Xpress comes to YOU, whether it’s a farmer’s market, concert or special event from Homestead to Port St. Lucie and proves that not all food trucks are created equally!  Veggie Xpress is a cut above the rest!

 

Veggie Xpress Chefs Nathan and Angelo

Veggie Xpress Chef, Nathan,  and his assistant, Angelo

 

There to greet us were Nathan, Veggie Xpress chef, who gained his experience serving vegan foods at homeless shelters for 10 years, along with his assistant, Angelo.  We ordered the Tex-Mex burrito ($10) which featured a black bean burger blanketed by a spinach wrap that was indeed very “savory” as the menu states, not to mention hearty with a pleasing texture.  Perfect plant protein for recovery!

 

Tex Mex Burrito with Brussels Sprouts

Tex Mex Burrito with Brussels Sprouts

 

We also tried the scrambled tofu in a whole wheat wrap ($5), since it was breakfast time, although I tend to shy away from soy products due to their high phytoestrogen content.  Lori had recommended it when we spoke by phone so I felt I had to give it a shot.  The tofu was bright yellow and fluffy, delicately seasoned with tumeric, and sauteed with fresh mushrooms and onions-  similar to an omelet, with fresh spinach and tomatoes added for extra crunch.  Big improvement from my usual bagel with peanut butter.

 

Scrambled Tofu Wrap with Mac 'n Cheese

Scrambled Tofu Wrap with Mac ‘n Cheese

 

Mark and I shared two of their very popular sides ($6 ea.), starting with the Super Awesome Brussel Sprouts where Nathan hit it out of the park!  Awesome is an understatement as we just couldn’t get enough of those little green morsels, sauteed to perfection!  The Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese, on the other hand, felt short.  Attempting to recreate a classic dish vegan style, especially when cheese is involved, is quite a tall order indeed! The gluten-free version didn’t quite measure up to my expectations. Made with nutritional yeast, almond milk and cornstarch, the rich and “cheesy” homestyle taste I had a hankering for after that strenuous long run seemed to be missing with this batch.  Luckily, it served as a blank canvass for my beloved sriracha sauce!  In all fairness, I have searched far and wide (have even taken a stab at making it myself), for that comfort food we all crave from childhood to no avail.  It’s proven quite a challenge for me to find a vegan cheese or cheese-like substance that can stand up to the taste, texture and integrity that melted conventional cheese offers.

 

Green Power Smoothie

Green Power Smoothie

 

Realizing that we were quite thirsty, we then ordered the Green Power Smoothie ($5), made with fresh spinach, pineapple, dates, banana and lemon juice.  Wow! That packed a serious punch with both flavor and nutrition!  We topped off the meal with a moist and yummy peanut butter and jelly muffin ($3).  Talk about childhood memories… rich and satisfying, with the goodness of peanut butter combined with its sweet and gooey sidekick, natural jelly!  I got the vegan chocolate muffin $3) to go and nibbled on it later with coffee.  There were actual chocolate bits inside and I felt I wasn’t even worthy!  I should’ve run a little bit longer!!!

 

PB & J Muffin

PB & J Muffin

 

While we stood and ate at a nearby table, it was thrilling to see the steady flow of traffic at the food truck.  Our community is starting to really embrace healthy vegan cuisine.  Customers were friendly, many were regulars, all eager to find that nutritious and delicious balance that Veggie Xpress has to offer!

 

Veggie Xpress Food Truck Steady Flow of Customers

Veggie Xpress Food Truck Steady Flow of Customers

 

Chocolate Muffin

Chocolate Muffin

 

To find out where veggie express will be parked, follow them on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Andrea earned an MS degree from The University of Florida and is a mom to 3 incredible sons. She works as an independent Speech and Language Pathologist within a diverse population in the Northwest Broward County, FL area. She LOVES to plan destination marathons (when budget allows) where she get to visit new cities and discover fab vegan/veg friendly restaurants/cafes/markets. Andrea has been a vegetarian for over 20 years, vegan for about 10. “It’s very exciting to see how society is beginning to truly embrace veganism for improved health, animal welfare and a greener environment!” she exalts. Andrea has developed a blog (book in the making) for vegan female endurance/hard core fitness athletes a.k.a.VeGAL (Vegan Girl AthLetes). Andrea’s territory is all of South Florida!  Contact Andrea to review your favorite veg-friendly restaurants within her territory.

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