that I 'test' cooked yesterday for the new menu that I am planning for the Relaunch of my restaurant The Bento People next Monday. I intend to serve this with a bowl of Quinoa.
My hope is that through this, customers would learn to love and subsequently incorporate quinoa into their regular eating habits as a better staple alternative to the usual rice or flour-made noodles/pasta/bread. That is simply all I hope to achieve, getting people to try better staples such as quinoa at my restaurant and hopefully fall in love with better quality staples and continue to choose them as their regular diet even after trying them whilst dining at my restaurant.
I have never set out to create and serve the perfect 'healthy' dish at my restaurant, if such a thing even existed. Because even if I do, I would only have given my customer a healthy meal. But instead, my wish and goal have always been to create and cook familiar foods using better alternative ingredients to encourage my customers to improve their eating habits, in particular in their choice of staples as well as the amount of vegetables they put onto their plates.
My personal philosophy is that serving people a healthy meal only serve to nourish their bodies for that one time, but to be able to catalyse them to change their eating habits would serve to impact their health for their entire lifetimes.
Sometimes people get 'confused' when they see me cooking and serving foods like Beef Stew and they ask me, 'Doc, I thought you practise a Whole Foods Plant-based diet? How come you are serving meats in your restaurant?' My dietary habit is a personal choice, determined by my own preferences and health goals. I have never set out to get people to eat like I do, I have only set out to get people to learn and practise better eating habits for their health, starting with getting them to learn to choose Better Staples and get Plant-Stronger.