Mama Gaia in the Crosstown Concourse has a recipe for Balsamic Quinoa Bowl with Veggies

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Memphis’ first all-organic restaurant is now open in the new Crosstown Concourse.

That’s the remodeled Sears Crosstown Building in Midtown.

Philipp and Cru Peri von Holtzendorff-Fehling own Mama Gaia and their goal is to make vegetarian meals delicious, affordable and appealing to all!





Balsamic Quinoa Bowl with Veggies




1/4 Cup quinoa
1/4 Cup vegetable stock
1/4 Cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt (less if your vegetable stock is salty)



1 Zucchini
1/2 small eggplant
1 red bell pepper
2 gloves of garlic
3 twigs of thyme
3 twigs of rosemary
Pinch of salt
1/4 Cup olive oil


Balsamic Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon agave
2 basil leaves




  1. Take a 1/4 cup of quinoa and put it into a saucepan.
  2. Add the veg stock and the water to it.
  3. Add the salt and put it on the stove and set on medium heat.
  4. Cook covered until water is gone. (About 15 minutes)
    1. Note: Don’t stir. Reduce heat if boiling too strong.
  5. While quinoa is cooking, prep your veggies



  1. Cut the vegetables in 1/4 inch slices the lengthwise
  2. Lay them out on a sheet tray so they do not overlap
  3. Spring with olive oil, herbs, salt and garlic over
  4. Turn your oven to broil, high heat.
  5. Put sheet pan on a rack close to the top and watch the veggies brown carefully. (About 5 minutes)


Balsamic dressing:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar
  2. Close with lid and shake well.


Combining all ingredients:

  1. Take 3 loose cups of greens of choice and place in mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa to the bowl and marinade with balsamic dressing.
  3. Top with veggies
  4. Enjoy!
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