Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Recipe for Ex Pats in Belize, who miss Whole Foods...:)

That Ex Pat would be me--I miss the convenience of stopping at a healthy place and getting pre made, cut up healthy stuff for dinner. Since I made a recent blog about male-oriented food on the peninsula, I wanted to follow up with a healthy option for those who eat more like me :-p

While the vegetables and fruits in Belize are mostly healthy and organic, and cheap!, there is NO PRE MADE ANYTHING TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE....unless you buy from a restaurant, but I do enjoy cooking and I like to know exactly what is in my stuff I'm eating. I came up with a recipe that turned out great, that I can keep in the fridge for several days, and eat out of instead of having to cut up and cook every time. I have been accused of using a LOT of ingredients and this one is no exception--if you are going to cook, and it is cheap, why not? You get more nutrients that way! :)

Healthy Vegan Quinoa Veggie Bowl/Salad

Ingredients (here we go.....but they are all easy to find here which is saying something!)

- half head chopped cauliflower/broccoli (or frozen)
- 1/2 grated carrot
- 1-2 onions depending on size
- 1 cucumber
- 3 small tomatoes
- 1 small bunch cilantro
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 cup dry quinoa (rinse beforehand if package says to)
- 1 can black beans or black eyed peas
- olive oil and cider vinegar
- salt, pepper
- garlic powder
- sugar or sweetener

Saute cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and onions in a large pot with lid, in olive oil until they are a bit tender. Add salt and garlic powder to your liking.

Add 2 cups of water and the cup of dry quinoa--mix it up so the quinoa is in the juice. Bring to a boil and then put on medium heat for 15 minutes, covered. Mix just now and then.

Meanwhile, in a HUGE bowl, chop up the cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, and cover them pretty liberally with the vinegar, lime juice, and a splash of olive oil. Add drained can of beans. Also add a bit of sugar-I used liquid stevia, or you can use about half a tablespoon or so of sugar. Make sure the taste is good (and it will be drowning a bit in juice, that is good)--should be really tasty, if you have too much sugar, add more vinegar, and vise versa. Add salt, pepper, or garlic powder if you think it needs it.

When quinoa stuff is all done let it cool! It should also taste good on its own (enough salt, etc.) When it cools, you will dump this pot into your huge bowl and mix it. Because these two taste so good on their own, when you mix them it is like a taste explosion in your mouth. If it is too dry, add more oil/vinegar a bit at a time(but don't overdo it as soggy food is gross). Cover it and put in your fridge, it should be eaten cold. :) Yum, just like you stopped at Whole Foods on your way home! And, you have like 10 servings!

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