Treasure Coast vegans eating closer to home

A Veggie Love menu

BY TINA POWELL

Those in the Treasure Coast area maintaining a plant-based diet can take pleasure in knowing about their options when eating out.

Veggie Love is a food truck based in Fort Pierce. The owners’ goal is to provide prepared organic and vegan drinks, food, and desserts. Variety and flavor are in surplus at Veggie Love.

“The vegan lifestyle is important,” said Alison Murphy, Veggie Love’s upbeat CEO, owner, and head chef. “It’s good for our bodies and minds, great for animals and is a positive change that can easily be made to affect our communities and the environment.”

Veggie Love’s dosaritos

The food truck utilizes local ingredients whenever possible and offers many gluten-free options.

Some past menu items include barbecue tempeh sandwiches, chocolate chip muffins, coconut chocolate chip cookies with sunflower seeds, creamy butternut soup, and curry sweet potato “dosaritos.”

“Being vegan has opened many doors. Flavor and ingredient options are endless,” said Murphy, who has been a vegetarian for 7 years and a vegan for 3.

Begin a vegan isn’t required to love the food from this truck.

“I ordered the barbecued tempeh sandwich with no idea of what tempeh even is, but it was great! I was surprised to find that vegan food could be taste so good and be satisfying,” said 19-year-old, self-described carnivore, Jeremy Hayes.

Veggie Love sells at many markets and festivals throughout South Florida. On Wednesdays, they can be found at the Green Market & Food Co-op along Melody Lane in Fort Pierce. The truck will be at Indian River State College’s main campus from 12-2 p.m. during the school’s Earth Day event on April 22.

Downtown Fort Pierce harbors The S&S Takeout sells many vegan and vegetarian options. Its menu changes daily with local ingredients and the whims of chef Adam Biegner.

Vegan items include chili, marinated mushrooms, French lentil soup and cran-almond banana bread.

The company offers eco-friendly comfort food and supports local farmers. The store also promotes recycling, emphasizing the importance of composting and minimizing landfill trash on its social media pages.

Purchases made at S&S Takeout after 4:30 p.m. are discounted 10 percent.

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