Healthy meals for busy shoppers


3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta.

[2 of 4 stars] Very Good. A worthy addition to the neighborhood, and the food is consistent. $$-$$$

True Food Kitchen, now open at Lenox Square, implements the teachings of Dr. Andrew Weil, health and lifestyle guru and a partner in the restaurant group that runs this chain.

The menu stems from his anti-inflammatory diet food pyramid and is inspired by the recipes in his cookbook, “True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure,” which is featured prominently (and for sale!) in stacks throughout the restaurant. The idea is to cement the notion that food can be simultaneously healthy and tasty. And, for the most part, True Food Kitchen does just that.

Favorites here include the garlicky (and a little salty) butternut squash pizza, made on a flax-seed crust and topped with smoked mozzarella, Vidalia onions and toasted walnuts. Also, try the quinoa burger, another of True Food’s greatest hits. This “inside-out” burger makes use of the red quinoa-tabouleh patties as buns, stuffing a wealth of cukes, avocado slices, hummus and tzatziki in between.

If my shopping takes me to Lenox Square this holiday season, I’ll be taking my midday respite at True Food Kitchen, chain restaurant or not.