Wild Rice Blend, Crispy Brown Sugar Tofu, Kale, Pickled Beets, Carrots, Toasted Almonds, Roasted Za’atar Chickpeas, Parsley & Cilantro, Dusting of Sumac with Tahini Caesar Dressing

 

The Med Bowl is reminiscent of the food Chef Lentine Alexis ate in Istanbul. She calls Turkish cuisine “strangely comforting and exotic,” just like this grain bowl. It has some unique ingredients that come together to create an oddly satisfying dish that’s earthy and savory, tangy and creamy.

MAD Menu Feature: Mediterranean Grain Bowl

The Med Bowl is reminiscent of the food Chef Lentine Alexis ate in Istanbul. She calls Turkish cuisine “strangely comforting and exotic,” just like this grain bowl. It has some unique ingredients that come together to create an oddly satisfying dish that’s earthy and savory, tangy and creamy. Spoiler Alert: you’re going to fall in love with some tofu. madgr.co/Med_Bowl

Posted by MAD Greens on Thursday, April 26, 2018
MAD Greens Spring Menu Roasted Za’atar Chickpeas

Crispy chickpeas are a common snack in Turkey and our proprietary Za’atar spice blend is a Middle Eastern mixture that gives the chickpeas a zesty, earthy aroma. To get that crucial crunch component, we dry these legumes overnight and they’re baked, never fried! Crunch is extremely important to Chef Lentine, it’s part of the enjoyment of biting and eating (that’s why we all loves Cheetos!). And our roasted Za’atar chickpeas are seriously enjoyable…try them on the Pancho Villa or Southwest Bowl to complement the Cilantro Chili Lime and MAD Spice

The Brown Sugar Tofu is certainly the unexpected star in the Med Bowl. As Lentine said, so much tofu is bland and its spongy texture can be really unappetizing. But not this tofu is not boring…believe you me. We take advantage of tofu’s sponge-like qualities and marinate it overnight in soy sauce, Sriracha, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic and vinegar to build a complex flavor profile of spice and sweet. Then we toss it in cornstarch and bake at a high temperature to get that slight crust on the outside and amazing chew on the inside. Skeptical? Pop in to any MAD Greens and ask for a free sample! We’re confident that 8.7 out of 10 guests will be converts.*

The creamy Tahini Caesar dressing binds everything with its savory, tart deliciousness. Lentine calls it her “new favorite salad dressing,” and it’s so simple, you can make it at home (though we recommend still picking up a retail bottle for $5.99). It’s just dijon mustard, tahini, lemon juice, honey, garlic and olive oil, making it creamy yet dairy-free!  

 

Acidity from the vibrant pickled beets keeps this grain bowl from being too rich, and fresh herbs keep it light and fresh tasting. Finally, a dusting of sumac brightens all of these unique flavors, similar to a lemon squeeze but more balanced. This tart, Mediterranean spice is quickly gaining popularity on the fine dining scene. We recommend picking one a bottle on your next trip to the grocery store and using it at home wherever you might add a dash of paprika for an unexpected pop of flavor.

But don’t just take our word for it. Swing by any Colorado, Texas or Arizona location to try the Med Bowl for yourself! You’ll find your new favorite item on our menu and we’ll donate one meal to No Kid Hungry. It’s a win-win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



*Not based on real science, but the Brown Sugar Tofu has quickly become a team favorite…even among skeptics. Give it a try on the Buddha Bowl and you’ll never look back.