Stir-fried rice with edamame and asparagus at Nature's Plate

Stir-fried rice with edamame and asparagus at Nature's Plate

Stephanie Casey

Tired of working in the corporate world? You could always quit your well-paying job and open a vegan catering business. That's what Annette Baker did in 2014.

The Southwestern frittata doesn't contain eggs; it's made primarily from tofu and potatoes.

The Southwestern frittata doesn't contain eggs; it's made primarily from tofu and potatoes.

Stephanie Casey

It was so successful that she's opening her own vegan, prepared food store in Lake Highlands in August. It's a dream come true for the former call center VP.

Baker's love for healthy food began earnestly five years ago when she and her sister, Marianne Lacko, began prepping a week's worth of healthy lunch items to take to work. "Some of my sister's co-workers participated, and one of them said to Marianne, 'I wish I could pay someone to make me healthy lunches and I would eat so much better,'" she says.

The sisters set about making their dream a reality, which involved draining their bank accounts. 

The catering went so well that they hatched the plan to open a bricks and mortar store in Lake Highlands. Nature's Plate will sell prepared food such as vegan lasagna, veggie mac and cheese, enchiladas and cookies. They will continue to cater from the new shop.

Nature's Plate

Baker eats a "plant-based" diet, a term she prefers over "vegan." "I haven't cut out animal products in every aspect of my life. It's a work in progress, and I applaud anyone moving in that direction, wherever they are in the process," she explains.

The shop will cater to anyone looking to eat more plant-based foods.

Nature's Plate will be located at 10233 East Northwest Highway in Dallas. It's been open since Aug. 17.

By DARRYL SMYERS, Special Contributor

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