Seabirds Vegan Food Truck: One Woman’s Healthy Revolution For Street Food

By | BlissTree.com

If you watch the Food Network, chances are you’ve tuned into the Great Food Truck Raceat some point–or you’ve at least heard of it. While food trucks are a definite step up from traditional sidewalk carts (think: boiled peanuts and hot dogs), the latest and greatest food trucks are offering a healthier variety–and quite possibly changing the way America eats.

At least that’s the goal of  Stephanie Morgan, owner of Seabirds Food Truck whose California vegan truck has appeared on the Food Network. According to Morgan, the standard American diet is extremely harmful and causes so many problems mentally, physically and environmentally. So this vegan turned entrepreneur is out to inspire people with a positive, more sustainable and more compassionate way of eating. And if you think that means boring, bland veggies on a plate, just wait until you hear about some of the food she serves!

Tell me about your vegan truck. Why did you start this and what are your goals?

Seabirds is a 100% vegan truck that features local organic produce. I started the Seabirds Truck because I wanted to make a positive impact in my community and in the world. I wanted to turn people on to a healthier, more sustainable and compassionate way of eating. At the end of the day, I want everyone to be able to eat well so they feel their best.

Have you always been a vegan?

I’ve been vegan for five years. I was raised eating meat and dairy. My mother’s dinners were comprised of a meat, starch and vegetables. She had an amazing garden when I was a child, and I was always amazed at how wonderful all the fruits and veggies tasted that she grew. I would eat cherry tomatoes like candy and they were nothing like what we would buy from the market. At a young age I realized how amazing seasonal, organic, and local produce could be, and I know that stuck with me and influenced my eating choices as an adult and ultimately my career choice.

Why is this mission important to you?

Its important for so many reasons. First, many people do not realize how much their diet effects their health. Stroke, heart disease, type II diabetes, cancer, and many more are all-effected by what we put in our mouths three times a day. The standard American diet is extremely harmful and it causes so many problems–mentally, physically, and environmentally.

Second, for me, living a vegan lifestyle and helping others to do the same is just the right thing to do. I’m not one to sit on the sidelines and I’m not one to ignore important issues and throw up my hands and say “Oh, hell with it!” When I believe in something I throw myself into it. It’s important to not just complain, but to take action and lead by example. I find value and happiness in a lifestyle that matches my beliefs.

What are some of the most popular menu items?

Our tacos are very popular, especially our Beer Battered Avocado Tacos and Jack Asada Tacos made from green jackfruit. We also serve a seasonal kale salad that is a top seller.

OK, I’ll take one of each, please! I know celebs like Ellen have touted your food. How awesome has the response been to your vegan truck?

We have some incredible customers! We have many that whole-heartedly believe in what we are doing, and we also have some other regulars that aren’t necessarily passionate about the vegan movement (or whatever you want to call it), they just enjoy our food and keep coming back. We have fed some celebs too that have given us rave reviews like Darryl Hannah, Moby, Matt Groening, Portia De Rossi and Robin Roberts.

Do you think you’re inspiring others to eat local and organic, as well as animal-free?

Yes! That’s the best part. We get emails often saying that we have inspired someone to eat vegan more often or eat more local and seasonal produce, etc. We cater to those with diet restrictions so they are always very appreciative. We try our best to let people know all the amazing benefits of eating this way without being preachy. When people understand the value of our food and our mission than we have succeeded.

Do you ultimately want to help change the way Americans eat? Why?

Absolutely. So many reasons–child obesity, sustainability, to save water, to support local farmers, to avoid pesticides and harmful chemicals, animal cruelty…. Eating vegan, even one day a week, can make a huge difference!

Can you share one of your favorite recipes with us?

Beet & Apple Salad (gluten/soy free)
With toasted pistachios & horseradish dijon vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 2 beets
  • 1-2 green apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup salted pistachios

– Remove stems from beets and Wash well. Rub with olive oil and wrap in foil. Roast at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes or until fork tender. Let cool, then cut in half and slice thin to match the apples.
– Apples should be sliced thin- 1/4-1/2 inch . Immediately soak in cold water with lots of lemon juice so they don’t brown

Horseradish Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil,
  • 1/2 t each of Salt and pepper
  • 1/8 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon [horseradish] Dijon mustard

Whisk all ingredients together and enjoy!

Photo: courtesy of seabirds food truck