DEFINE foods: Miso-Maple Brussels Sprouts & Tofu

DEFINE foods: Miso-Maple Brussels Sprouts & Tofu

A flavorful way to bring Brussels sprouts to your holiday table. There is no better combination than miso and maple at this time of year, especially when browning up brussels! Slicing them thin lends a quicker cook time and a crisper bite. If you’re not a big tofu-lover, feel free to omit. This dish is also [...]

Roasted Shallot & Muscadine Grape Quinoa Salad

Roasted Shallot & Muscadine Grape Quinoa Salad

I came across Muscadine grapes at the farmer's market a few weeks ago and was intrigued, as I had never seen or tasted before. I learned that they are native to states south of the Mason-Dixon Line and as far west as Texas and have valuable antioxidants and fiber. They are definitely different from your typical table [...]

Quinoa Ratatouille

Quinoa Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a vegetable dish that comes from the south of France and can be served as a side dish or as a main over rice, pasta, or other grain. Tomatoes are the key ingredient, but also includes other nightshades like eggplant, bell peppers as well as onions and lots of fresh herbs (traditionally Herbs de [...]

Quinoa & Roasted Chickpeas w Eggplant, Mushrooms + Za’atar

Quinoa & Roasted Chickpeas w Eggplant, Mushrooms + Za’atar

This one-skillet meal comes together quickly for your weeknight.  Za'tar is a Middle Eastern spice and herb mixture made with sesame seeds, sumac, salt and other herbs. You can find it in specialty international markets or you can simply make on your own. I was inspired by a large bag I found at PHOENICIA market here [...]

Eggplant Rice Bowl

Eggplant Rice Bowl

This was my I.O.W. (ingredient of the week) at the farmer's market this past weekend. I always get the usual: lettuces, mircogreens, sprouts, a good loaf of bread, other local pickings, and of course Nisha's Indian Veggie Samosas and chutney. You know, just a few items to get me through the week. Then I always scan for [...]

Gingered Broccolini with Sauteed Mushroom, Lentil + Quinoa Medley

Gingered Broccolini with Sauteed Mushroom, Lentil + Quinoa Medley

It's been quite some time since my last post, and I do apologize, though I have a good reason for it... We have finally opened the doors to DEFINE west university! This project has been taking up most of time since, well, October?!*%^!  Along with my business partner, Co-Owner and Founder Henry Richardson, we offer [...]

Roasted Beet, Chickpea + Black Quinoa Salad

Roasted Beet, Chickpea + Black Quinoa Salad

Beets....LOADED with fiber, potassium, iron and folic acid. The pigment that gives beets their color (Betacyanin) is also a powerful antioxidant. I found this Chioggia type at the farmer's market last weekend, and I was immediately drawn to their color and red-and-white striped roots! This particular bunch is only now starting to show up on specialty grocery [...]