I mentioned the ingredients to my Mediterranean Veggie Bowl in a previous post, but I’d like to take a moment and post a real recipe for it. I plan to add more veggie bowl recipes in the future. This is partially due to requests, but it is also to help break the mold from frozen meals and deli meats. I eat my fair share of frozen meals and deli meats, but I try to avoid both when possible.
Frozen meals, such as those made by Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, etc., are expensive. While they don’t successfully keep me full, they do pump me full of artificial flavorings/preservatives and tons of sodium. I have decided I’d prefer making custom meals with ingredients I trust on Sunday, then packaging them up for lunch every day. Luckily, I’m one of those people who can eat something for 4-5 days in a row before getting sick of it!
As for deli meats, I’m not going to go on a huge rant here about those. I eat them. My family eats them. It’s not the end of the world. However, they are worth avoiding or at least limiting when possible. There’s a myriad of reasons, and Google will be happy to help you find the ones that tug your heartstrings. Arguments discuss the treatment of the animals, the quality of the meat, the way packaged meats harm the enviroment, and more. You can check out a quick recap here if you have time. No matter your opinion, you can see why I’ve recently fallen in love with my own veggie bowls!
Mediterranean Veggie Bowl
- 3 servings quinoa
- 2 packages chopped frozen spinach (10 oz each) (kale works well too in this)
- 1 white onion (or whatever’s in your pantry)
- 1 package of fresh “Baby Bella” mushrooms (or sliced button mushrooms if you prefer)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp basil (I used dried)
- 1 TBS oregano (again… I used dried)
- 1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes (drained)
- 1 can garbanzo beans (or cannellini beans) (drained and rinsed)
- Begin cooking quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile, chop onion and defrost spinach in the microwave.
- Pour olive oil in pan to warm. Add onion and mushrooms, and cook until softened.
- Add garlic to pan. Stir and be careful not to burn. Add spices and stir until fragrant (about 1 minute)
- If quinoa is finished cooking, add tomatoes, beans, and drained spinach. Stir until heated. Add contents of pan to pot of quinoa and other goodies. Stir. Let cool just enough to package into 5 equal servings.