Last week, Sprouts Wellness Restaurant and Juice Bar at Camelback Inn introduced a new "Cooking Nutritionally Smart" workshop series hosted by executive sous chef Brian Archambault and featuring beverage director Trudy Thomas' organic cocktails. "Healthy? Organic? Oh, no," lamented cameraman Jonathan McNamara upon hearing of the restaurant's lower-calorie cuisine.
Two hours later, he was singing a different tune. Sprouts managed to pull off the impossible: a three-course meal (plus wine and cocktails) of delicious dishes that each clocked in at 310 calories or less. Far from the cardboard-like microwave entrees that boast similar health claims, Archambault's cuisine was flavorful and filling. And creative, as evidenced by the inclusion of milk-soaked chia seeds in the dessert course.
Yes, chia seeds as in the famous Chia Pet.