Long Days, No Time
After a long day we don't always feel like cooking dinner, especially if we spent the day cooking. However, as holistic chefs and nutritionists, eating a nourishing dinner is absolutely essential for us! So, we have some quick dinners we can whip out when necessary- easy, healthy meals when you don't have the time to cook.
One of our favorite things to do is make a big bowl of lots of different flavorful vegetables, a whole grain, and a protein of choice. This is easy to do when you keep lots of vegetables around the house and one of the best ways to ensure that everything gets used up. One of the things that we recommend to our clients is to prepare a few different vegetable dishes on the weekend. During the week when you have far less time, you can mix and match and combine veggie dishes to create a complete, delicious meal.
Ginger Garlic Sesame Greens
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely or minced 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, grated or chopped finely 3 cups greens of choice (bok choy, kale, collards) 2 tsp tamari (gluten free, traditionally brewed soy sauce) 2 tsp toasted sesame oil 2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
1. Saute the garlic and ginger in ghee for a few minutes. 2. Add in the greens and cook until lightly wilted. 3. Add the tamari and remove from heat. Once off heat, drizzle the sesame oil over top.
1 sweet potato 1 zucchini 1/2 red pepper 2 tsp ghee sea salt
Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350. 2. Chop the vegetables in thin pieces. 3. Toss together with some ghee and sprinkle some sea salt over top. 4. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked.
Job's Tears are a gluten free grain that have been used traditionally for healing in Chinese Medicine- to help with reducing excessive heat and inflammation in the body. You can find them at a health food store, although they tend to be expensive. You can always use quinoa or brown rice instead of Job' Tears.
1/3 cup Job's Tears 1 cup water
Directions: 1. Soak the Job's Tears in water for 30 minutes. 2. Rinse off and then combine with water in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes, or until water is observed and grain is soft.
Poached Egg & Hemp Seeds
If you don't eat eggs, you can easily substitute a different protein into this meal.
1 organic or local, free run egg 2 cups water 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
Directions: 1. Bring the water to a boil. 2. Add the apple cider vinegar and carefully crack the egg into the water. 3. Boil for 1 minute and then carefully remove. If you want the yolk to be hard, you can leave it in the water for longer. 4. Serve on top of the vegetables and Job's Tears (or other grain) and sprinkle the hemp seeds over top.