As I write this blog post, it is officially the last day of February, which means the end of another season and beginning of a new.♡ Whether Autumn is arriving or Spring is blossoming for you, I hope that this new season manifests within yourself. As one of my favourite quotes go, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” (- Lao Zi), and as a big believer of being intuitive, I interpret this as that we should always listen to our bodies and go with the flow of nature. You see, we are part of nature, not separate, so if you feel like resting a little more during the Winter and being more active during the Summer, then follow your intuition. Regardless of what you need to get done, it will be accomplished- just like how in nature, many flower-bearing plants ‘sleep’ through the cold, but still eventually blossom in the warmth. ♡
The other day, I posted another ‘What I Eat In A Day’ on my Youtube Channel, and I thought that this quote was a perfect fit for this blog post! Like I mentioned, I am all about being intuitive and listening to your body. So from the moment I woke up to the minute I went to bed, I showed you everything that I ate on that day- realistically and genuinely, going with the flow of things, you know 🙂 If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d probably know that I really like to cook and create super easy and nourishing recipes, (and yep I also have a recipe eBook here), so today I wanted to share one of the recipes that I created for dinner that night!
I’m calling this the ‘Rainbow Nourish Bowl’ because honestly, I didn’t know what else to call it 😀 But it sure does look, taste and feel like one, not to mention very simple, with easy-to-find ingredients and minimal bowls to clean afterwards. Your body will truly thank you for taking care of it, and the more you practice self-love in this way, the more you will get used to it. I often get asked how I enjoy eating such simple foods, and the truth is, because my tastebuds have just come to wholeheartedly love it! And although this recipe is simple, it’s still bursting with flavour, and can be easily meal-prepped ahead of time too. I hope that you enjoy the recipe, and do let me know if you try it out!
Sending all of my love,
Rainbow Nourish Bowl
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-25 minutes
For the tamari cooked vegetables:
- 1 cup pumpkin, cubed
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 bunch boy choy
- 1/2 cup okra, sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh peas
- 1/2 cup canned cannelini beans
- 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
For the rice (adjust quantity according to how much you would like to prepare):
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 cups water
For the dressing:
- 1 tbsp tahini
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1-2 tbsp water
- Optional: 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 shredded carrot
- 1/2 sliced canned beetroot
- Parsley, for garnishing
- If preparing the rice, place both the brown rice and quinoa into a pot, and rinse thoroughly. Cover with the water and place on a stove over high heat. Once the water starts to boil, turn the heat down to medium-low, add in the turmeric, stir well, and cover with a lid. Let simmer for 18-20 minutes, until the rice and quinoa have soaked in all of the water.
- In the meantime, place the pumpkin, broccoli, bok choy, okra, peas and beans in a pot with a splash of water or oil inside over medium-high heat. Place the lid on top and let simmer for around 5 minutes, or until all of the veggies are soft and cooked through.
- While that simmers, prepare the carrot, beetroot and any other ingredients you would like to add on the side. You can also prepare the dressing at the stage, by mixing the ingredients together in a small bowl and stirring well.
- Once the veggies are cooked, add in the rest of the condiments and stir well to coat all of the vegetables. Pour into your serving bowl.
- The rice and quinoa should be just about done at this stage. Take your own serving of rice and place into your bowl, and store the rest in a tight-sealed lunchbox to leave in your fridge, which you can use and reheat and use throughout the week.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients into your bowl, and generously (I mean generously) drizzle the dressing on top.
- You can substitute the vegetables for any other ones you like or have on hand.
- Adjust the amounts of the condiments to suit your own taste e.g. if you like lots of flavour, add in more tamari sauce, etc.
- You can multiply the ratio of these recipes to prepare your meals ahead of time.