I previously Chritiqued Meez Meals, the meal delivery service that does the prep work for you, including my experience preparing mushroom flatbreads. Meez Meals recently teamed up with Chef John Chiakulas of Chicago’s Beatrix to create the perfect dish for entertaining in the spring – Farmer’s Market Quinoa Cakes. For anyone that has not visited Beatrix, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, various versions of the quinoa cakes can be found on the breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus. I recently visited Beatrix to try the brunch version, complete with poached eggs, tomato basil sauce, and window herbs, so I could not pass up the opportunity to learn how to make these tasty cakes at home.
What makes these cakes even better is that Meez Meals partnered with Common Threads to create Meals for Good, which offers quarterly recipes from top chefs. Each Meals for Good recipe purchased through Meez Meals supports Common Threads’ innovative after-school programs, which empowers children and adults with nutrition knowledge, and teaches them the benefits of an active lifestyle and the magic of smart cooking.
The Meez Meals version of Chef Chiakulas’ quinoa cakes featured fresh asparagus, mushrooms, and crispy quinoa cakes, seared and served with fresh basil and goat cheese. The cakes could be served as an appetizer, or even a meal when combined with a soup, salad, or lean protein. All of the components were delivered to me at home and included everything pre-portioned, chopped, and clearly labeled, in addition to step by step directions.
I started by combining sautéing the onions and combing them with some Parmesan cheese and quinoa, and forming them into patties.
After that, I then sautéed the fresh asparagus, mushrooms, and onions. I was impressed with how fresh the vegetables were – especially the green, crunchy asparagus.
Because of the amount of ingredients I had, I did not want to spend the time to individually cook each cake, so I ended up improvising by cooking the quinoa in one large batch and making a quinoa pilaf with the vegetables as a topping. With a dollop of herbed goat cheese, it was absolutely delicious and made the perfect vegetarian dinner for the entire week.
While the quinoa cakes were a limited edition menu item, be sure to check out the other Meez Meals offerings which change every week, including the future Meals for Good items. Hopefully Meez Meals will bring back these quinoa cakes very soon!
While I received complimentary products to facilitate this review, all opinions expressed herein are my own.