Super Sofritas: “Vegans and Carnivores Unite!”

By Ashley Bennett

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Posted July 2, 2013 in Web Only
_Bite Me LogoChipotle Mexican Grill is spreading like wildfire with its claims of delicious, well-treated meats (naturally raised “food with integrity”), ingredients cooked in zero-trans fat frying oil and serving no cheese or sour cream products from cows with rBGH (a milk-production enhancing injection). Together you get some pretty bomb and fairly inexpensive to boot. I’ve been a fan for a while, happy to shell out $7 for a bowl that has healthy grilled chicken, black beans and brown rice.

It makes me feel good about myself. It’s the healthiest I can eat when dining out, since most options in my area range from Buffalo Wild Wings, On the Border and the usual fast-food places.

Recently Chipotle took a huge step forward by offering Sofritas, or tofu, as a new “meat” choice. My judgmental first instinct as a meat lover was to fear those little white blocks of tofu that seem only enticing to vegans (no offense intended). I can happily tell everyone that these Sofritas are much better looking and tasting than the average tofu block.

Chipotle's Sofritas Burrito (Photo courtesy of Chiptole Mexican Grill)

Chipotle’s Sofritas Burrito (Photo courtesy of Chiptole Mexican Grill)

The Sofritas is still very much organic tofu but it’s shredded (losing that block-shaped appearance) and braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos and spices. Imagine tofu with a kick. The difference in texture compared to other meats from the grill isn’t noticeably since meat is never eaten alone here. Mixed with the fresh rice, beans lettuce and whatever else you like in a burrito, bowl or taco, the Sofritas have that yummy grilled taste and an inherent flavor to be amazingly healthy in a nice, vegan way.

There’s at least one Chipotle in every major city in the IE. Give it a go!

If you’re really interested in the ways of the various healthy food lifestyles of the IE, check out last week’s feature article Living Well: Dietary needs changing in the IE.


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