Order the Curried Quinoa at Benjy's on Washington
I'm not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy ordering dishes that showcase in-season vegetables accented with grains or a meat substitute like tofu.
Photo by Troy Fields Benjy's on Washington has an excellent vegetarian dish that even non-vegetarians will want to order.
During a recent dinner at Benjy's on Washington, I forwent ordering meat-centric dishes like the braised short rib with a creamy cashew butter and cranberry jam, and a personal favorite, the nut-crusted crunchy chicken with a bourbon glaze and mac 'n' cheese. Yes, all these items are tasty, scrumptious and downright delicious, but my eyes (and stomach) kept looking at the curried quinoa dish with cauliflower, broccoli, tofu and pumpkin seeds.
Cauliflower and broccoli are tricky ingredients to serve in a restaurant. Most people won't say they are their favorite vegetables. In fact, I'd be willing to bet most people say they are two vegetable they won't eat. But I am not one of those people.
Growing up, I always ate broccoli and cauliflower, either blanched or microwaved. My taste buds were never opened up to the possibilities of pan-searing broccoli or cauliflower, frying them (seemed counterproductive to me) or even baking the tender vegetable heads in the oven with a crispy coating. Now that I know all the possibilities for cooking broccoli and cauliflower, I'm on the lookout for dishes that will show me the ways they can be made. This is why I ordered the Curried Quinoa dish at Benjy's on Washington.
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