This recipe is great for dinner and lunch and friendly towards many ways of eating. The vegetables ensure you get your nutrients while the brown rice pasta provides one with adequate carbs and a bit of protein. The olive oil is a heart healthy fat used to sauté the meal. If you are a meat eater- feel free to add in some ground meat and tomato sauce for a more bolognese type veggie dish. If you are vegan, add some sprouted cooked lentils for more protein. And if you eat dairy, some parmesan makes this dish delectable! Whatever variation you choose with this meal, it will surely be yummy!
While I was in Greece, my grandmother and I spent a few hours making stuffed tomatoes, eggplants, and zucchini. Eggplants and zucchini take a lot more time and are not as fresh here so I opted to stick to tomatoes here and change the filling around a bit. The traditional filling is rice and meat. I decided to make it more nutritious and vegan by adding quinoa and spinach. It was definitely a smart choice to use the quinoa. It added a different crunchy flavor than rice and more protein as well. Try these as a yummy side dish or main entree. PS- Cleaning the tomatoes does take awhile so it is helpful to pre-prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Although I make a smoothie pretty much every day for breakfast or a snack in the summer, I am devoting Sundays to my smoothie recipe day. And maybe Saturdays too. It depends on how creative I get. Anyways here is my recipe for today:
1. 1 bunch unpackaged spinach (this will be more fresh and will be loaded with more nutrients than the packaged kind which has to go through a longer travel time from the picker to the eater)
2. 4 leaves swiss chard
3. 1 banana
4. 1 cup strawberries
5. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (you can either make your own or use Silk's-- the sweetened version has sketchy ingredients and it isn't necessary for a smoothie).
6. 1 cup ice
7. Your choice of protein powder
8. A sprinkle of cinnamon
Blend and enjoy your green smoothie!
Simple, beautiful, and absolutely delicious.
-1 package of burrata-- you must get burrata so that the cheese on the inside is liquid when you eat it!
-1 tomato, sliced
-Balsamic vinegar and olive oil
-Salt, pepper, and oregano
1. Cut tomato. Arrange burrata in center of plate and drizzle desired amounts of toppings.
2. Eat carefully so you don't miss out on the liquid cheese in the center!