You just got home from a never ending day and you're strung out, exhausted and ready to eat. It's time to "make dinner" for yourself and you want. food. NOW. This is the point where you throw open the utensil drawer to grab the can opener. Paradoxically, you're health conscious. You drink water, work out, try to make healthy choices but often you just want and need convenience. Unfortunately the convenient meals you have on hand, or have access to, are the worst of the worst. Packed full of empty calories while void of any nutritional value. The meal may have been tasty even fun, but from the preparation to the time your bowl was empty took a mere ten minutes. You rode the roller coaster up the hill as your blood sugar spiked and now it's plummeting back down the other side. Since the meal hardly supplied your body with anything it could actually use to repair and build itself, the rest of the evening involves plenty of grazing. A handful of this, a scoop of that, a glass of this, a bowl of that. Your vessels is making a last ditch effort to get enough of what it needs to function optimally. (The body requires good sources of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, hydration, micronutrients and the like to run at peak performance.) If you could relate to this anecdote, you need to try the following meal. It's simple (my boyfriend can make it). It's delicious (my boyfriend will eat it). It's nutritious (my boyfriend feels satiated after he eats it). And in all honestly this meal has transformed my way of life. It's a STAPLE. Here goes... The Legendary Quinoa Bowl
- In a pot, bowl some water.
- Pour in quinoa- quinoa will absorb water and double in size.
- Meanwhile, chop some veggies (this includes garlic, onion and ginger)
- Add garlic, onion and ginger to the quinoa in the pot when it's about 3/4 done. Stir in. Reduce heat to med-low.
- Then add other veggies on top of that: broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, red pepper, carrots, beets... your choice.
- Let veggies steam under a lid with heat turned low-ish.
- Drizzle liberally with olive oil or perhaps coconut oil.
- Add some salt, pepper, spices of your choice. Perhaps some pumpkin seeds or pine nuts.