Deconstructed Grain Bowl
A protein-rich ancient grain, quinoa is naturally gluten free and when paired with legumes, provides a complete amino acid chain. When paired with fiber and fat, you have a slumber friendly meal that will keep blood sugar stable throughout the night and ensure quality sleep (vital for healthy hormones)!
・1 cup quinoa
・1-2 cloves of garlic
・Avocado or coconut oil
・¼ sweet potato
・Kale or spinach
・Sea salt & pepper
・2 Tbsp harissa paste
・2 Tbsp coconut yogurt (or similar)
・Optional: beans of your choice such as garbanzo beans or lentils
Add 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water – bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cover for 10-15 minutes. While that is cooking, in a medium nonstick pan – lightly sauté 1-2 cloves of garlic and onion in avocado or coconut oil on low to medium heat. After they become translucent, 1-2 minutes, add in ¼ of a thinly chopped sweet potato and cook for 3-4 minutes then add in kale (sauté for 3-4 minutes) or roughly diced spinach (for 1-2 minutes). Make sure to season with sea salt, pepper and a little paprika if you like it smoky. Stir in beans/legumes of choice (lentils or garbanzo beans). Stir in 2 tablespoons of harissa paste to 2 tablespoons coconut yogurt. Slow adding sauce and yogurt until you reach your desired consistency.
Not a fan of spice? Swap out harissa and dice in cucumber, radish, black olives (full of healthy fat) and drizzle with tahini sauce or make a quick greek yogurt dressing (whisk together tbsp gy, 2 tsp olive oil, paprika, dill, salt and pepper and splash of ACV).
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