This past Monday was one of those classic “Manic Mondays” for me. I got up extra early, but still managed to have to run out the door because of a just plain tragic hair day, had a million emails to answer at work since our system was down the previous week, took my lunch time run and shoveled in some food before I had to be back on the clock, and had an equally stressful afternoon, which, I hate to admit, involved just how shitty my hair continued to look all day long.
When I got home, I only had about an hour before my yoga class was supposed to start, and I really wanted something that was light, but nourishing enough to keep my full for my hour and a half class.
Since I love anything coconut, anything asian-inspired, and anything veggie, I whipped up a really great meal that I’m going to keep on my “Manic Monday” repertoire: Veggie Stir Fry over Creamy Coconut Quiona.
It’s fast, decadent, healthy, and filling even if you have just a small bowl as a snack.
I apologize for the lack of photo evidence that I made this, but I ate it .098776353 seconds after it was done.
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2):
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 an onion, sliced
- 1/2 bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 zucchini, cut into medallions
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 2 large cloves minced garlic
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 3 tbsp. soy sauce (low sodium)
- 2 tbsp. white or rice vinegar
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- 2 tbsp. curry powder
- red pepper flakes to taste
- salt & pepper to taste
Cook quinoa with the 1 cup of water according to the directions on box. While the quinoa cooks, chop all veggies and heat a pan over high heat and add sesame oil. Once oil starts to smoke slightly, add in veggies and stir constantly until they’re tender. Turn heat to medium-high and add soy sauce, ginger, garlic, vinegar, and salt & pepper. Add coconut milk, curry powder, crushed red pepper flakes and more salt & pepper to cooked quinoa and stir to combine. Once soy sauce and vinegar are 3/4 evaporated, serve veggies over coconut quinoa and enjoy!
This week I also finished an incredibly important and beautifully written book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood:
Margaret Atwood is one of the most badass literary figures of our time, and is as witty and snarky as she is brilliant. This book is important for not only all women to read, but every person who has questions about the direction our world is headed in regards to gender discrimination, environmental depletion, and political collapse. It is also so beautifully written that it extends beyond the issues surrounding it, and takes you so deep inside the protagonist’s head you truly feel a part of her tragic world.
It knocked my socks off, and it anyone is looking for a great read, I recommend you check this baby out!