Yet another great healthy meal dished out by The Grad Lounge! A warm vegetable stew of chickpeas, quinoa, and roasted red peppers served over rice with a side spring mix green salad. It was the first time I had seen it on their daily specials menu and you know me and new things; I pounced on it! Sometimes it really amazes me how many new things I’ve integrated into my diet over the past four years and how I can’t imagine my life without them now. Lentils, falafel, avocado, okra, kale – I love them all, and I’m so glad that I’ve added quinoa to this list too!
Pronounced “keen-wah”, it’s a great high protein, gluten-free alternative to wheat grains. It’s a fantastic food for those who follow a plant-based diet and you eat it much the same way you would rice, corn, and cous cous. When cooked, quinoa is fluffy in texture with a beady kind of bite to it. It’s tiny-tiny like cous cous and is pale and a bit translucent. The first time I ate quinoa was at Kale Eatery last September, with portobello mushrooms. To me it tastes like cous cous, only a tiny bit chewier and fluffier 🙂 Although I enjoy rice, I really love eating other grains too and I’m excited to try other dishes with it and to use it in some breakfast yogurt!
The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus. Starting today (Monday, April 11th), The Grad Lounge will be changing their hours to summer hours until September. Summer operating hours are from 12pm-6:30pm, Monday to Friday.