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Steamed Veggie & Quinoa Bowl with Garlic ‘Butter’

Steamed Veggie & Quinoa Bowl with Garlic 'Butter'

This recipe may win the prize for the simplest one on this site so far. It is simply steamed veggies with quinoa and melted coconut oil with garlic. Maybe this is why it took so long to make it onto the blog, I don’t know, do you really need a recipe for this? But then someone pointed out to me it’s not always about the recipe but the inspiration to make something. So I hope this inspires you, it really is worth the effort.

Steamed Veggie & Quinoa Bowl with Garlic 'Butter'

I have to admit, this isn’t something I make for us very often. I guess it’s humble enough to forget about by grocery list/dinner-making time. It’s inspired by a stall at the Granville Island Food Court that always sold salad rolls that my sisters and I would get for lunch when we were little (to go with our donut holes and pizza pretzels).

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Lemon-y Greens with Chickpeas

Lemony Greens with Chickpeas

I have a real thing for spanakopita, to the point where it occasionally takes over my brain until I do something about it. Does anyone else feel this way sometimes? I rarely give in to it entirely (although, sometimes I definitely do) but I realized at some point, that it was less about the actual Greek pastry and more about the cooked, flavourful, dense amounts of lemony greens.

Lemony Greens with Chickpeas

So this is what I have been making to fill that triangular pastry void, and it’s totally been working.

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Sweet Potato Avocado ‘Toast’

Sweet Potato Avocado Toast

At first I thought a smashed whole sweet potato was the answer, until I thought about eating an entire sweet potato for breakfast or a snack (they can be big!). Then I thought about my favourite avocado toast and how it’s usually more about the avocado than the toast (so that you can have 2). This should apply to sweet potato toast too then, right? So that’s how this sweet potato ‘toast’ came to be.

Sweet Potato Avocado Toast

Avocados and Sweet potatoes like each other a lot, flavour-wise. But did you know that the fat in the avocado actually helps to slow down the absorption rate of the sugar in the sweet potato into your body? Cancer cells want it fast, so it’s far better for your overall health to slooow it down. Sweet potatoes are already filled with a ton of fiber which also helps lower their glycemic load, so the two together, on top of tasting awesome, are truly a dream team.

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Veggie Sushi Bowl

Veggie Donburi

This is the donburi I wish I could order in a Japanese restaurant. Sushi, at least in Vancouver, no longer means you have to order all you can eat farmed salmon and mercury-heavy tuna rolls (thank goodness). There are plenty of veg options (that contain actual vegetables) but the surprise tempura batter and probable GMO soy sauce still forces (inspires?) the re-creation of wistful dream orders at home (eg -our recipe for sugar-free Kale Gomae).

Veggie Donburi

Unlike when you eat sushi, this style of bowl encourages you to fill up on the veggies before you fill up on the rice. So in true crushing cancer form, the veggies become the priority and we treat the rest like the ‘garnish’.

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