Back in August, my sisters and I travelled to Austin, TX for my “bachelorette weekend”— aka an Austin food tour since that’s what we really like to do when we travel. It was pretty darn incredible. Of course we ate some seriously delicious Mexican food, but we also went out of the box and tried lots of different cuisines while we were exploring— because there’s more to Texas than Mexican food, right?!?
One of my absolute favorite restaurants we went to one night was called True Food Kitchen. Have you heard of it before?? Somehow, I had not, but I soon realized they have a bunch of them all over the country! Therefore I need to go more often.
And so do you!
First of all, I love the way they focus on the use of whole, nutritious ingredients and prepare them so simply, yet deliciously. Kale guacamole— YES PLEASE! Edamame dumplings?? Sign me up! A whole menu of choices just like that.
Secondly, they had options for literally everyone— and we had a whole slew of diets and allergies just at our table—- but it was very easy to accommodate all of our needs.
Last, that atmosphere! It’s so clean and bright and modern and simple (make sure you check out my Austin post for more pics). I could honestly go here every Saturday night and not get sick of it!
So the reason I’m talking so much about True Food Kitchen this morning is because today’s dish is inspired by my meal there. I ordered this simple, yet addicting Teriyaki Quinoa that was so flavorful and wholesome that I knew I had to recreate it when I got home!
The thing I loved most about this dish was the grain combo. Instead of just plain ol’ quinoa, this dish was made with a combination of short grain brown rice and red quinoa. Love it! I changed up the veggie assortment a little bit based on what I had in my fridge, so you could easily use whatever you have on hand.
And then there’s the sauce. A salty, tangy, savory, slightly spicy sauce that clings to every bite and just pops in you mouth! I used a combination of soy sauce (or tamari, if gluten free), rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, a little bit of maple syrup, and red chili pasta to make this beautiful sauce at home and it worked out beautifully. Ohh and a whole lot of sesame seeds too, of course.
Such a simple, nutritious, and easy-to-make-ahead meal that I know will be a regular in our kitchen now! Have a wonderful week everyone 🙂