Sometimes it's hard to go to uni, have a job, volunteer, workout, have friends and a relationship all at the same time and try to find time to cook healthy, nutritious food that my mind and body love. In stressful times like the weeks before Christmas, when you're rushing from one appointment to another and rarely find the time to sit down, I find it more important than ever to make sure, you're feeding your body right. Cause how can you perform at your best when the foods you eat make you feel the worst?
I just recently discovered frozen veggies. I don't know why I never considered buying a package of frozen broccoli before but somehow I just missed hopping on that wagon. Yes, I know that was extremely silly of me because frozen veggies are now what some might call "life".
There is one dish I have been making quite regularly in the last few weeks: The Veggie Protein Bowl!
There are 4 main components to it and they are so easy and literally take 15 minutes to throw together!
The Perfect Veggie Protein Bowl
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup grains (quinoa, rice, bulgur, couscous, ...)
- 1/2 cup protein (beans, chickpeas, peas, tofu, tempeh, ...)
- 2 cups frozen veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, mixed veggies,...)
- optional fresh veggies (tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, avocado, ...)
- 1/2 cup hummus or salsa
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- Combine grains with twice the amount of water in a small pot and bring to a boil.
- Turn down the heat to low and let simmer until the water is gone (about 10-15 minutes).
- Meanwhile, add the frozen veggies in a second pot with a little water. Bring to a boil and let the veggies thaw in their steam.
- If you use beans or chickpeas as your protein, rinse them under cold water.
- In case you use tofu or tempeh, heat up a small saucepan and fry it in a little coconut or olive oil until golden brown (pro tip: use a little soy sauce on the tempeh to make it extra crispy and yummy).
- When everything is done cooking, throw together the grain, veggies, protein and an additional 1/2 cup of salsa or hummus.
- My favourite dressing is low-sodium soy sauce and Sriracha.