Watermelon and rocket salad

Calendar packed with reunions? We know some places for your plant-based fix! And we promise, your friends will enjoy themselves too!

Here's the second of our five-part series on Quezon City restaurant options where you can indulge in delicious food, while making a kinder choice for the planet.

This time, we're featuring EARTH KITCHEN, located at Lot 10 B-10 Katipunan Ave. Ext., White Plains.

This farm-to-table organic restaurant serves meat dishes too, but its plant-based offerings are so packed with flavor, you don't need to be tempted by anything else.

Its slogan? "Healthy, local, and sustainable."

Sweet Potato Empanada
According to the menu, the restaurant was built to support small farmers and fishermen, as well as indigenous communities around the country. "Our dishes are specifically crafted to showcase the produce of our partner communities from Luzon to Mindanao," it says.

You get to make "good, clean, and healthy decisions when it comes to food." That's because there are no GMOs, chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Synthetic flavorings are also nowhere to be found.

If you're looking for gifts to put under the tree, you can also browse through the Got Heart Shop in the same location, which features local and organic products like soap, oil, and tea.

But first, have the attentive waiters take your order. Some mushroom spring rolls with lime hoisin sauce as an appetizer? Or some curried squash soup with pumpkin, home-made yogurt, and mint?

How about a glass of fresh mango shake, dalandan juice, or a healthy concoction of beets, carrots, apples, cucumber, and honey to wash it down?

The sweet potato empanada is a must-try, with cilantro dressing and garlic aioli to give it a kick.

Their colorful salad options include watermelon and rocket salad with arugula, lettuce, pili nuts, home-made kesong puti, and balsamic vinaigrette; and grilled vegetable salad with zucchini, bell pepper, eggplant, carrots, pickled mushrooms, herbs and greens, kesong puti, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Roasted vegetable pasta
Roasted vegetable pasta with carrots, eggplant, zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, and parmesan is a winner. You can also try Earth Kitchen ravioli made of camote tops, kesong puti, pili nuts, tomato sauce, basil, and parmesan cheese; or mushroom ravioli made of kesong puti, shiitake, button mushrooms, milky mushrooms, pili nuts, and a cream sauce.

For dessert, have a scoop of goat's cheese ice cream with honey, dried figs, and pili nuts; or tablea chocolate cake with toasted cacao nibs!

Eating out while still maintaining a plant-based diet has never been easier, thanks to restaurants with options like these. It's not just good for the planet, but delicious as well.

Feeling hungry yet? Stay tuned for the rest of the series! And if you have other plant-based suggestions, type them in the comments section below!