Chef Chat, Part 3: Nicole Hudson of Conscious Cafe

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Toasted avocado sandwich
We're back today at Conscious Cafe (be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 of our chef chat), but enough talking. Time to start eating.

Thank goodness someone at Hudson's mosque was willing to share this recipe for a toasted avocado sandwich, because Conscious Cafe nails it. Fresh slivers of onion crisscross generous strips of avocado. It's all seasoned with a sweet, peppery spice blend. Hidden beneath the layers are chunks of tomato, lettuce, and "Vegenaise" -- eggless mayo, of course. It's all cozied up in a warm, toasty whole wheat bun that's graced with the taste of honey. Flavorful, filling, and vegan -- three words that don't often go together, but definitely do here.

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Sauteed spinach
Hudson made me eat my vegetables, but with this sauteed spinach I didn't even try to protest. The side portion is almost large enough to be a meal itself, but since you can't overdose on spinach, I ate the whole thing anyway. Fresh spinach mingles with an oniony broth -- and though the spinach is seasoned, it's not salty. Truly the stuff of Popeye's dreams.
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Gourmet salmon burger
Conscious Cafe's only menu item of debatable vegetarian status is the gourmet salmon burger. So it might seem a cop-out to choose it as my favorite dish, but ever since I ate it, I can't get it out of my mind. I find myself timing my drive home with Conscious Cafe's hours of operation, taking an especially convoluted route down Scott Street just to uh, see what's going on at UH. But truthfully, it's just so I can stare down this salmon burger as it smiles up at me.

Grilled onions, lettuce, and tomatoes are merely backup singers to the diva-esque Wild Alaskan salmon. Hudson's spice blend flavors the salmon beyond any fishiness, and it's grilled flawlessly. It's no wonder why this fish, flaky and tender, is the restaurant's best seller.

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Bean pie
You can't leave Conscious Cafe without trying a slice of bean pie, and once you do, you're going to be hooked. If you've been using sweet potato pie as justification for "healthy dessert", say hello to navy bean pie. We've documented the fascinating history of the bean pie before; it evolved as a way for adherents of Nation of Islam to replace forbidden sweet potatoes in the popular Southern dessert. Not that you'd ever know you were beaning up. The filling is light-colored, almost glowing. It's smooth and mild, making the cinnamon and nutmeg accents shine. The combination of all-natural ingredients, including raw milk, make this dessert an absolute guiltless knockout.



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Conscious Cafe

2612 Scott Street, Houston, TX

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J.
J.

From the wiki gods:

Bean pies are commonly associated with African American Muslim cuisine. They are also associated with the Nation of Islam movement: its leader, Elijah Muhammad, encouraged their consumption in lieu of richer foods associated with African American cuisine, and the followers of this community commonly sell bean pies as part of their fund-raising efforts.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I'm still confused as to why they can't eat sweet potatoes. But then again I think not eating something based on nothing more than religion is kind of weird. Bean pie is pretty good though.

Lareijon
Lareijon

Hello, this is not based on religion. Sweet potatoes were never grown for human consumption. They are good for hogs and not for humans, they are also very harshly grown and are full of gas. We should'nt eat them. 

Kyle
Kyle

Sweet potatoes are actually some of the most nutritious food around. Per calorie, they have a massive nutrient load. They are currently grown for human consumption. I ought to know as I consume them.

Now what's this about gas?!

H_e_x
H_e_x

I've been under the impression that they are a staple not only in Africa, but in Asia and the Americas as well.

Mark
Mark

This is ridiculous. Citation needed on the "full of gas" thing. And "harshly grown"? What?

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