A and I are huge fans of Teresa Cutter’s recipes, which are available on her website. We have tried quite a few of her recipes, with our favourites being Nacho Beans, Refried Black Beans and her Banana and Oatmeal cookies.
When A and I first started following Teresa Cutter’s website a few years ago, we noted that Teresa Cutter (deemed ‘the Healthy Chef’) had a café in Avalon, Sydney. Unfortunately, we didn’t get around to visiting her café during our short trips to Sydney however we made the special journey a few weeks ago, driving directly from Canberra to Avalon to sample lunch at what used to be her café.
Teresa Cutter is now no longer involved with her business partners at Nourished in Avalon Beach however the menu items are similar to the recipes found on her website and the café still maintains the same idea of Teresa Cutter’s healthy way of eating. As regular readers know, A and I love eating naturally and it seems we’re not the only ones as Nourished was bustling with people on the Friday afternoon we were there. Nourished uses 100% ‘clean ingredients’ – those that have no artificial colours or flavouring. When this is executed well, you can have the best of both worlds – healthy but tasty food.
We ordered a coffee each after our long drive from Canberra and were really impressed with the coffee we were served. Nourished have a unique blend of Campos coffee which is fair-trade, organic, Arabica beans which are strong in flavour. We loved the coffee beans so much that we bought a bag of their unique blend of Campos coffee to take home with us.
For our lunch, A ordered the handmade falafel balls, served with a carrot and sultana salad, green tahini and lemon dressing and wholemeal pita pocket ($15.50). I tried one of the felafels and thought that they were quite dry and didn’t seem fresh at all. It was as if they were reheated after being fried earlier, which made the felafel really dry. On the plus side, the salad was lively and fresh and A enjoyed the flavour of the dressing however she was a little disappointed with her lunch overall.
I ordered the ‘Famous’ nourished healthy burgers served on an organic wholemeal lightly-toasted bun ($16.50). I chose beef as my protein (other options include Cajun Chicken and a Vegan/Vegetarian option), which also came with cheddar, onion, tomato, avocado, beetroot, leaf greens, salsa verde and relish. This was a great burger, with the pattie a little pink and the intense flavour contrast of the salsa verde, beef and assorted ingredients being a winning combination.
Overall, I liked the idea of Nourished, but mainly enjoyed the coffee and the relaxed vibe of the café. I enjoyed my burger and would return if I was in the area but won’t make the special trip to Avalon again (as Sydney traffic was atrocious to get out there!). If you’re in the area, go for a coffee and try one of the many healthy menu options. The menu also provides a detailed explanation of the nutritional value of each dish. Great for those that are specifically concerned by what food enters their body.