first new grab ‘n’ go item in the wild

I feel like a proud parent.  The tasty, healthy, convenient Flaked Quinoa & Edadame Cake is now available for purchase in the Microsoft City Center cafeteria.  Chalk one up for the home team!

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shaking things up: healthy grab ‘n’ go

A few months ago, I got in touch with the team managing food and dining at Microsoft to bring in more healthy options.  The team has been extremely open and responsive, and I’m excited to share that they are launching 4 newly-created, healthy grab ‘n’ go items as a result of this process!  The goal here is to give people convenient, healthy alternatives to a slice of pizza, which until now has been the go-to item for many in a time crunch.  Here are some pics and blurbs.

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All the new items side-by-side

FlakedQuinoaAndEdamameCake
Flaked Quinoa and Edamame Cake: specked with scallions, carrot, peanuts seasoned with Sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic on bed of crisp julienned nappa, carrot, scallion, cilantro, red bell, red radish disks and spinach finished with hoisin drizzle garnished with cilantro, peanut, julienned red radish, red bell w/ lemon and sesame oil vinaigrette

TriColorQuinoaSalad
Tri Color Quinoa Salad: 
w/ dried apricots, golden raisins, craisins, toasted pepitas, fresh tarragon, mint & parsley tossed in a lemon vinaigrette

BlackBeanWrap
Black Bean Wrap: 
w/ roasted yams, fresh kale, avocado, toasted walnuts,(soon to be red onions) & veganaise, wrapped in a whole grain or spinach tortilla

BlackenedTofuWrap
Blackened tofu wrap: 
diced blackened tofu, kidney beans, white rice (soon to be brown rice), scallion ,parsley, cabbage slaw w/ veganaise wrapped in a grill marked chipotle tomato tortilla wrap

grain bowl in a new bowl

I got a new bowl! So I decided to test it out by making a grain bowl. Grain bowls are nice because the grain is warm.  If you also leave the other ingredients out for a bit and let them come to room temperature, you’ll get a warm, satisfying meal that hasn’t had a bunch of the nutrients zapped out by cooking.  Here’s what it’s in it…

Ingredients
Your favorite bowl :-)
12oz cooked of healthy grain, e.g. TruRoots Sprouted Rice & Quinoa Blend
8oz spinach
4 roma tomatoes
2 persian cucumbers
1 haas avocado
2 full sheets nori
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup soy milk
1/4 cup walnuts
A pinch of salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. Cook the grain (I just use a rice cooker)
  2. Rough chop tomatoes, cucumbers, and 1/2 of the avocado (save other half for dressing)
  3. Slice nori into short, thin strips
  4. Dressing: put other half of avocado, apple cider vinegar, soy milk, and pinch of salt and pepper into a food processor or similar contraption and blend/chop until smooth
  5. Chop/crush walnuts (not too small, though)

Assembly

  1. Put grain in first
  2. Then the spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado chunks
  3. Sprinkle on the nori
  4. Add the dressing
  5. Top with walnuts

Oh, and this bowl is pretty big, too :-)

With a Coke  for size reference — of course I didn’t drink it!  :-)

 

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