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Friday, February 7, 2014


One of the first restaurants I fell in love with in Minneapolis was Tao Natural Foods.  My mom and I went to Tao on a whim for lunch after signing the lease at my big girl apartment almost 2 years ago!  

I instantly fell in love With Taos charm, their simple menu chalked full of good for you options and their pleasant staff.   To this day, whenever I go to Tao, I always order their Avocado Rice Place.  This dish is delicious yet simple.  The plate is a combination of rice, black beans, tomatoes, and avocado; drizzled with a little soy sauce and sesame oil for flavor. Like I said simple yet delicious!  

I love Tao's Avocado Rice Plate so much that I have recreated this simple bowl at home countless times.  I generally have all the ingredients on hand, and this simple meal takes little to no prep time!  It really is a no fuss delicious dinner.  Recently I have been subbing in a combination of quinoa and wheat berries for the rice!   Pick your favorite grain, sub in any vegetable you like you really cannot go wrong! 

The Avocado Rice Plate - Tao Natural Foods 
Serves 3-4

2 Tomatoes Chopped and Seeded 
1 Avocado, Pitted and thinly sliced 
1/2 Cup Quinoa 
1/2 Cup Wheat Berries 
1 Can Black Beans (low sodium, drained and rinsed) 
Sesame Oil and Low Sodium Soy Sauce for Serving 

1- Combine quinoa and wheat berries with 2 cups of water in a medium sauce pan.  Cook for 40 minutes or until water is gone and wheat berries are tender. 
2- Assemble your plate. - Divide Quinoa/Wheat Berry mixture among 4 plates (or portion out a serving and store remaining).  Top your grain mixture with 1/4 - 1/3 Cup beans.  Divide tomatoes among the four plates and top with avocado slices.   Drizzle with sesame oil and soy sauce if desired.