(ALMOST) N O O I L A S I A N P O W E R B O W L
Cooking with oil is automatic for me. Maybe it’s because my parents are Italian 🇮🇹. I grew up with delicious homemade food, def a lot of it prepared with EVOO 😉. My mom really is an amazing cook. No lie and no disrespect. She’s lost most of her vision now but still somehow cooks for herself and my dad. For real. ❤️
I have been of the belief some oils were good for me, and fell for the marketing hype regarding coconut oil (an oil that is solid at room temperature with a long shelf life! Research the true effects on your LDL/cholesterol. Yikes.). 🧐
Through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) courses @ecornell_online I’ve come to realize the benefits of a diet and lifestyle comprised of little to no oil (and that IS whole food plant-based). It’s a total mind shift but I think I can get there 🤓. 🥘
On to dinner:
This came together quite easily and I was pleasantly surprised. It was after work, I was hot from the heat, I was tired, didn’t know what to make... did I mention tired? #momlife. To the fridge and pantry (& my neighbour’s garden for inspiration)! And here is what we get: - Toasted complex carb rice (bulgur, barley, wheat berries, red rice, oats, quinoa). Toasted in pan with onion and garlic. Added half tsp vegan butter and sautéed until onion cooked down. Fresh parsley added (thanks neighbour) and veg stock. - Kale (thanks again neighbour!) and Baby Bok Choy sautéed with a drizzle of soy sauce in my cast iron. A little water thrown in at the end to bring up soy and cook veg 💦 - Organic firm tofu cubed, water pressed out, dry sautéed in @lecreusetcanada . Splash of soy sauce added and cooked until slightly browned and warm. - Sauce: Tblsp almond butter, 2 tblsp rice vinegar, tsp sesame oil, glug maple syrup. Mix until smooth.
Assemble with rice on bottom, then veg, tofu, drizzle sauce, sprinkle organic raw nori flakes, add strips of cut raw nori sheets (I love @rawnori_healthy_living ) plus black sesame seeds on top. 🍚 🌿
Loaded with complex carbohydrates, antioxidants, fibre, iron, vitamins, minerals and lots of protein with no animal products in sight 🌱 💪🏼.