Dig Inn's spring menu features asparagus, pineapple, mint
Spring is here and there's no better time to eat your vegetables.
Luckily, for workers in Manhattan there's an easy way to get this done. You just have to find your closest Dig Inn restaurant.
Riding on the popularity of the eat local/ eat healthy bandwagon, Dig Inn has been bringing its "Farm to Counter" ethos to bear on lunch spots across the city.
And Dig Inn's seasonal approach to cooking is catching on with New Yorkers: there are currently seven restaurants, with three more on the way and an 11th being debated. All four are expected to open this year.
Founder and CEO Adam Eskin says the goal is to offer fast, easy and healthy food but at a price that is not prohibitive. For $10 at Dig Inn you get a large mixed bowl with a protein, a base ingredient (from grains to salad) and two vegetable sides. A small bowl is around $7.
The restaurant sources 60% of its produce locally when in season, and sells only wild salmon and humanely-raised, antibiotic and hormone free meat.
Dig Inn's menu changes with the seasons, and amNewYork got a sneak peak (and taste!) as well as a lesson on the health benefits associated with each dish. These menu items will be available starting April 21.
"We rotate our menu seasonally so we can serve produce we truly believe in, from ground to plate," said Eskin. "At the root of it, fresh ingredients just taste better."
Pineapple mint slaw
This vegan dish is refreshing and fruity and is made with fresh pineapple, shredded green cabbage, carrots, green peppers, roasted spicy peanuts, fresh chopped mint, freshly grated ginger and fresh jalapenos.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN CABBAGE
Cabbage is a "powerfood" full of Vitamin K and anthocyanins, which act as antioxidants in the body. It can improve brain function and prevent nerve damage.(Credit: Dig Inn)
Sauteed kale with asparagus
This vegan dish also includes carrots, fresh lime and maple syrup.
HEALTH BENEFITSKale is loaded with vitamins, from A to C to K. It also packs a punch due to iron and calcium. Kale is also also said to be a great aid for detoxing your liver. (Credit: Dig Inn)
Mediterranean pearl couscous salad
This vegan dish features steamed pearl couscous with black olives, apricots, toasted almonds and fresh mint.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MINT
Mint is full of vitamins and minerals and can be used to aid digestion.(Credit: Dig Inn)
Sicilian roasted cauliflower with chickpeas
This vegan dish also includes toasted bread crumbs, capers, olives, fresh parsley and our house-made maple vinaigrette.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAULIFLOWER
Cauliflower is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, plus it's loaded with vitamins, proteins, phosphorus and potassium.(Credit: Dig Inn)