As we develop this blog, we hope we will encourage you to try cooking and preparing a few vegan meals of your own – based on some favorites in the LivingWell Bistro, chef specials, seasonal produce and more! Or, if you currently practice a plant-based diet, I hope we can provide you with a few new ideas to enhance your current diet.
I absolutely love food – the endless combinations, enhancing natural flavors, and creating a plate that makes one hesitate before diving in! Occasionally we may highlight a few of our favorite products and brands – that you can purchase too – to help you find healthy, vegan options anywhere!
Let’s begin with something a little easier and versatile for the first recipe! J
Frequently, guests join us in the Bistro for and inquire about one of our most popular menu items – the Quinoa Bowl! My recommendation would be to try it with the traditional Sesame-Ginger Sauce, and a small side of Teriyaki Sauce to finish it – absolutely delicious! That aside, what is quinoa? Quinoa is a high-protein grain with almost two times the protein content of brown rice. It was originally believed to be cultivated by the Incan tribes in South America. The grain has increased in popularity dramatically in the past few years – especially as more individuals have considered a gluten-free diet.
To prepare quinoa, use a rice cooker with a 2:1 ratio of liquid to quinoa – using a basic vegetable broth or water! Add some freshly minced garlic and herbs to add some additional flavors if you would like!
Then, to prepare quinoa bowls…here are a few ideas, depending on your mood! Just layer the items in a bowl and enjoy. Feel free to mix and match as you please or develop your own ideas! Garnish ideas are included, if you would like to use any of these ideas to entertain or to create a unique presentation for yourself to enjoy!