Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Chickpea, Quinoa, and Red Pepper Stew

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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!

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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.

Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Sunny With a Chance of Meatballs!

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I know the popular book and movie title is “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”, but it’s supposed to be sunny today so sunny it is!  My brother and I are like giddy little kids when it comes to meatballs because we love them so much, especially love turkey ones!  And although I have this weird food and eating quirk where I have to have even amounts of food on my plate (so I kind of eat my food in a circle or in a rotation), all bets are off when it comes to pasta and meatballs because my brother and I will both leave a few till the very end so we can enjoy the best parts for last, ha 😀  I loved this Grad Lounge dish, meatball goulash with egg noodles, yummy!  I normally eat meatballs with spaghetti, fusilli, or penne, so having it with egg noodles was a nice switch up for me.

Goulash is a traditional Hungarian soup or stew (which has also been taken up and incorporated into other European cuisines such as German, Austrian, Slovakian, and Dutch among others) made with meat (most often with beef, pork, veal, or lamb), onions, vegetables, and spices.  A number of goulash varieties are served with pasta and The Grad Lounge’s meatball goulash is served on a bed of egg noodles and made with ground beef, potatoes, sweet potato mash, onions, and carrots with caraway seeds, some garlic, and I believe thyme too.  The potatoes and mash and meatballs were super soft and yummy and made me giddy with meatball glee!

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The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.  They offer a number of daily specials in addition to their permanent menu, and provide numerous vegetarian and vegan options.