Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Glowing Goddess Vegan Bowl

It's been well established that I'm a total breakfast person, as opposed to any other meal of the day, and would quite happily eat breakfast all throughout the day.
Except I don't. Because that would be weird. Lunch is usually when I seriously struggle to find any motivation to make anything exciting, and often find myself popping next door to Beyond The Kale or buying a pot of soup from Sainsbury's. It's been instilled into all of us that lunch time equals a sandwich and usually a packet of crisps, something sweet like a biscuit or a chocolate bar, and perhaps an apple thrown in for good measure. Since turning my part-time job into a full-time job, my lunch there has seemed to be not too dissimilar from that, I'm ashamed to say. You're supposed to be a healthy lifestyle blogger, I hear you cry. There's nothing too bad about that sort of a lunch every once in a while but in all honesty, your body does not need those stogy, processed carbs. And lets face it, you end up pretty hungry about an hour later which is never a good thing.

Last week I did some experimenting and really just fancied a big bowl of everything I could find in my fridge or in the kitchen cupboards. Step in Glowing Goddess Vegan Bowl. A bit of a silly name, I'm sure, but nonetheless, you've got this far and are reading this because
a) you saw that droll worthy image above and thought HELLO! We need to meet!
b) the title of this recipe and of this blog post is total click bait and the words glowing, goddess and occasionally, vegan are all three things you wish to encapsulate in some form or another every day. I should note, I'm not personally vegan, however there's nothing wrong with having a totally plant based meal every once in a while.

This has everything you need to make a good complete meal. There's plenty of protein in the pistachio nuts, hummus and the quinoa. You've got some good slow releasing carbs also in the quinoa, plus the avocado, romaine, hummus and tomatoes will all provide you with the required energy boost. Then you have fat in the delicious avocado, pistachios and hummus. That hummus is a wonder food!
With all of that combined, you've got the recipe to glowing goddess success.

Feel free to take this as a blue print for a big 'throw-everything-into-a-nice-bowl' mix. Add some chicken or salmon for some good quality protein; maybe add replace the avocado or hummus for some crumbly feta cheese; throw in whatever nuts or seeds you wish if you don't have pistachio nuts; and if quinoa isn't your thing, perhaps some puy lentils or even the low-carb cauliflower rice will be more suitable.

Serves 1 (easily doubled for two glowing goddesses)

1-2 handfuls of lettuce of your choice e.g. Romaine, Baby Gem, Rocket etc
1/2 pouch of pre-cooked quinoa (I used the Jamie Oliver Ready to Eat Tomato & Olive Quinoa)
5-6 cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/2 avocado
1 handful of pistachio nuts, de-shelled
1-2tbsp hummus
Sprinkling of paprika over the hummus (optional)
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (optional)

1. Chop up or prepare you lettuce, tomatoes and avocado
2. If your pouch of quinoa can be microwaved, follow the instructions, should you wish for it to be warm.
3. Arrange your ingredients into segments in a nice bowl. Dollop your hummus into the middle and finish with your sprinkling of paprika, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a good grinding of pepper. Et voila!

What meal do you struggle with for inspiration? What's your favourite meal for lunch? Is there anything you'd add or substitute from this glowing goddess vegan bowl? Let me know if you make this, I'd love to see your versions!

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