Quinoa and Caramelized Onion Mujaddara

Quinoa and Caramelized Onion Mujaddara

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Lena Elkousy

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This is a modern, delectable twist on a traditional Middle Eastern dish, Mujaddara. Chef Lena replaces the traditional white rice with high-protein quinoa and tops it with the traditional caramelized onions. The flavorful grain mix is served with oven roasted-carrots tossed in lemon zest and sweet-tart pomegranate molasses, plus a side of Dukkah, a traditional Egyptian topping made with pistachios, perfectly toasted spices, and sesame seeds. The whole dish is finished with a cool and tangy vegan lemon-cilantro yogurt sauce to tie it all together.

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Lena Elkousy

Lena Elkousy is a plant-based holistic foods chef, health coach, and yoga teacher. She started her restaurant culinary career in LA in 2004, and then worked as a private chef and caterer for high profile clientele beginning in 2008 in Malibu and Hollywood. Lena began her journey into the world of culinary healing upon moving to New York and studying health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2012. She believes that food is fuel, and not all calories are created equal— putting in calories that “burn clean”, and have anti-inflammatory properties will make you feel energized, and improve your digestion, mood, and overall health. She cooks with functional foods—meaning that the ingredients have nutritional benefits and have been prepared in a way in which these are bio-available, and are seasonal, local, organic, and carbon-neutral. She has healed herself and witnessed many clients and friends recover from “chronic” and “auto-immune” illnesses, which are more frequently than not caused by inflammation triggered by toxins in food and/or unknown food sensitives. By eliminating many of these toxins and allergens, using as many fresh, medicinal ingredients as possible, and making everything from scratch, Chef Lena’s food is nutrient rich, delicious, creative, and makes you feel good. Lena is Egyptian American, and has been traveling internationally with culinary adventure and curiosity her whole life, and this adventurousness is reflected in her unique cuisine. Lena has also been studying and practicing yoga for over a decade, and teaching since 2014. She leads retreats domestically and abroad, encompassing her passion for holistic lifestyle through yoga, cooking workshops, nutrition, nature, and mindfulness. She loves spending her free time gardening and traveling. Lena is currently based between NYC and the UK.

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Tasty and different. Onions were excellent.

Jan · 04/12/24

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My go to lunch on a cool day

Amanda · 04/11/24

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delicious

Elaine · 04/08/24

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Delicious! Love the variety of ingredients. Never had Mujaddara before. Glad I tried it.

Lisa · 04/05/24

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delicious

Rebeca · 03/21/24

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Surprisingly great. Loved the carrots especially.

Lorin · 03/19/24

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I am shooookkk .... I didn't think quinao could be so tasty. Sweet potato is a very nice touch.

Jen · 03/10/24

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One of my favorites

Barbara · 03/07/24

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Nutritional Info

Calories

640

Protein

19g

Fat

28g

Carbohydrates

80g

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Heating Instructions

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Recommended for special occasions.

1. Preheat to 350F
2. Remove sleeve and peel back film
3. Pour sauce on top
4. Heat up for 12 mins or until heated through

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1. Remove sleeve and peel back film to vent
2. Pour sauce on top
3. Microwave for 2 mins

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