Alright, so for those of you who have been with me since the beginning, when Teeny Avo was merely a start-up food blog, you may recall the post ‘A True Cava Lovah’ in which I profess my undying love for Cava Mezze Grill. Cava is a “Chipotle-style” Mediterranean grill, where you go down a line and pick from various sauces, meats, and veggies you want to create your rice bowl or salad bowl with. Unfortunately, Cava is ONLY located in the D.C., Maryland, and Virgina area (AGAIN, TAKE THIS AS A PLEA TO THE CAVA CEO, WHOM EVER YOU ARE, OPEN MORE PLEASE!)
I’m heading home in a few weeks….and then I finally take a trip to the Whole Foods in Lexington, Kentucky a few days ago, and stumble upon, quite possibly the most amazing thing…Cava Mezze’s line of Hummus, Harissa, and Tzatziki dips! I don’t know what I was more stunned about? That I saw “Cava Mezze” going across the packaging or the fact that the Harissa (my favorite) was a steep $5.99 (that good, they have to hike up the price huh.)
In order to save money I decided I would recreate my favorite restaurants rice bowl dish, splurging on the Cava dips and buying the rest of the ingredients from Trader Joes.
You’ll need a:
Large Dollop of Cava Mezze Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip (bought at Whole Foods)
Large Dollop of Cava Mezze Harrisa (bought at Whole Foods)
Large Dollup of Trader Joes Cilantro and Chive Yogurt Dip
As much Trader Joes Crumbled Mediterranean Feta as you want
1 packet of Trader Joes Organic Jasmine Rice
1 packet of Trader Joes Organic Quinoa
Red Onion (not pictured–& as much as you want)
Trader Joes Chicken Samosas (not pictured)
Trader Joes Pre-Cooked Turkey Meatballs
1 Teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil drizzled at the end
So I figured out that I didn’t really enjoy the meatballs as much with this as I thought I would. This is your personal preference. I found Trader Joes’ Chicken Samosas to go best with it. I also recommend you be careful with the Harissa (IT’S HOT!!!!!) A little red onion gives it a nice kick as well.
…..Let me know what you think :)