Public Greens

Since 2014, Public Greens has been giving back to the community through its one of a kind restaurant model. Started by the Patachou Foundation, their mission is to “feed wholesome meals to food-insecure school children in our community and teach them to create healthy habits.”

100% of their restaurant profits go to The Patachou Foundation, which in turn serves children prepackaged breakfast and lunch meals to children in schools who fall below the poverty line.

Public Greens employs a local farmer to tend to the gardens and they grow their own produce to be used in their restaurant kitchens. The garden stretches for several blocks through Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple Village and it’s fully planted with crops and edible flowers.

They also have bees on the property near the Monon Trail.

The menu changes monthly, depending on what’s in season and what’s not grown on the property is sourced from other local farmers with special attention paid to humanely raised proteins and house made desserts.

Martha Hoover, owner of The Patachou Foundation said the inspiration behind Public Greens was to do more than just making a donation somewhere. “We felt that it was time to stop asking the same questions in the community – it was time to make a real difference by doing, rather than just writing a check.”

I ate at the Broad Ripple location and had a delicious lunch of Israeli couscous with roasted cauliflower and a chili lime brisket taco.

Since the original location opened in Broad Ripple, two other cafeterias have opened in the Indianapolis area. The second opened last spring at the Fashion Mall and a third location this January in the downtown Cummins Inc.

Easy Cheesy Mexican Skillet Rice

I think I could eat Mexican food every night of the week. Tacos, burritos, chimichangas, chips, salsa, queso…need I go on? I also love the Mexican rice that goes along with these dishes in the more traditional Mexican restaurants, so when we have a taco night at home, I usually try to make a version of it myself.

After trying several similar recipes I found on Pinterest, I just wasn’t all that satisfied with the final product, so I started adapting them to my liking. What I ended up with is a staple that’s good enough to eat by itself!

My recipe makes enough for two people plus a little extra for leftovers. If your family is bigger, you’ll need to double up on ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup of white rice
1 16 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 cup of water OR chicken broth (you can use vegetable broth too)
Fresh cilantro
Frozen corn (I like Trader Joe’s Mexican Style Roasted Corn)
Frozen peas and carrots
Chili powder seasoning (I also like Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning)
Salt
Pepper
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

How to make it:

Add your rice and water or chicken broth to a large, deep dish skillet. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, then add in the tomato sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. Mix and cover; cook on medium high heat for another 10 – 15 minutes.

Make sure you stir the mixture from time to time so it doesn’t stick to the pan.

Add in the corn, peas and carrots. Cook 5 – 10 minutes more until the rice and vegetables are cooked through.

Top with fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, serve and enjoy!

*You could probably also make this in an Instant Pot. My suggestion for that would be to throw everything in the pot, cook for 8 minutes, then do a natural release for 10. I have not tested this with this recipe, but if you did do the Instant Pot instead, I would up the amount of water or broth that you use so it doesn’t dry it out.

 

Teejay’s Sweet Tooth

Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s one of America’s favorite treats, and with so many places to get it, standing out and offering something unique to your customers is a must. Teejay’s Sweet Tooth is doing just that by bringing something to Indianapolis that we’ve never had before: donuts and ice cream.

Yes, you read that right!

TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth opened last August on Indianapolis’ northwest side near Trader’s Point, and has been offering its customers two unique creations ever since: the Donut Ice Cream Sandwich and a Fruity Pebble Treat.

Owned by two dental hygienists, Jerome Tiah and Taylor DeBruce, the little ice cream shop offers a wide variety of flavors which change every few weeks. I sampled all of them and highly recommend the Carmel Rainforest Crunch, Pralines and Cream or Graham Central.

I also tried both the Fruity Pebble Treat AND a Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, leaving the store on a sugar high! My favorite? The Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, although I think kids would probably enjoy the Fruity Pebble Treat more.

So how exactly does TeeJay’s make their signature creations?

For the Fruity Pebble Treat, two circular bars are made out of Fruity Pebble cereal and formed into what looked and tasted like a Fruity Pebble Rice Krispie Treat. Then two scoops of ice cream are placed in between those, and topped with a topping of your choosing.

The Donut Ice Cream Sandwich is made in a similar fashion. TeeJay’s get their donuts from Jack’s Donuts, another local Indianapolis business, and their ice cream comes from Sundae’s near Geist.

In addition to their two signature creations, TeeJay’s also makes milk shakes, other types of ice cream sandwiches, and offers sorbets for vegan and gluten free options.

Most of their recipes are from online sources, but they’ve started incorporating other cereals into the mix as toppings. Jerome said they hope to start making other signature treats out of cereals soon.

For now, Jerome and Taylor plan to concentrate on making quality treats for their customers at their Purdue Road location, but expanding in Indy isn’t totally out of the question. Both still work as full time dental hygienists and are the only employees at TeeJays at this time, so there’s a lot on their plate.

That doesn’t seem to detract from the quality of their product though, so if you find yourself looking for a unique ice cream spot, stop by TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth – you’ll be helping support a dream AND a local business.

Store Location: 8660 Purdue Road, Suite 8666-600, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
Instagram: @TeeJaysSweetTooth
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Twitter: @TJ_SweetTooth