How To Make Dinner

While I love to cook and try new recipes, many of my meals consist of this simple formula for dinner in a bowl (or on a plate if you’d rather). Simplifying weeknight/worknight meals is a priority for many of my clients and this is an easy way to do just that.

This can be done a thousand different ways to suit your mood and tastebuds.

Step 1: Veggies
Are you in the mood for a salad or a bunch of roasted or steamed veggies? Maybe zucchini or carrot noodles instead. Or, stir-fried veggies.
For this example, I went with romaine and tomatoes. To that, I added sauteed fennel, arugula, and mushrooms.

Step 2: Whole carbohydrate aka complex carb
Some options here might be sliced and roasted sweet or white potatoes, brown rice, millet, whole grain pasta, quinoa, or butternut squash.
I opted for a personal favorite, roasted red potatoes seasoned with dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Plant-based protein
Any sort of bean will work here. Roasted chickpeasΒ are awesome, mashed pinto beans, bean-basedΒ veggie burger, “meat”balls made from beans or lentils, curry-seasoned lentils, baked tofu, tempeh, edamame, or peas.

I opted for some boiled yellow split peas.

Step 4: Add some sauce and flavor enhancers
What works with your dish here? Maybe some marinara or teriyaki sauce? Or, Balsamic vinegar, salsa, tahini dressing, hummus, or guacamole. For even more flavor, try adding some olives, sauerkraut, or a spoonful of pumpkin seeds or walnuts.

For this combination, I used homemade vegan tzatziki sauce and kalamata olives.

This can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.

Here’s another example. I opted for sauteed kale, roasted carrots, parsnips, and zucchini (seasoned with curry powder and salt). Then I added lentils, baked polenta slices, and a green curry tahini dressing (made from tahini, lemon juice, and green curry paste).

Happy eating, friends!

What would go into your favorite dinner bowl?

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Sour cream belongs on tacos in my opinion and this tofu sour cream is so easy to whip up and tastes kind of perfect as a sub for dairy sour cream. ...
1 package of tofu (any will do - I usually buy firm)
~ 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
~ 1Tbsp Apple cider or red wine vinegar
1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Combine and blend all ingredients into a blender until smooth and creamy. 
NOTE: I like to start with about half of the lemon juice, vinegar, and salt and then blend, taste, and adjust flavors as I go until I get the right sour creamy flavor. 
2. Chill and enjoy!
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We are freezing some for those times we want a sweet snack.
I bet these would be a lot of fun to make with kids, too.
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  • No need to complicate healthy eating. Leftovers make lunches a snap. Today's lunch was a bowl of leftover steamed veggies and roasted potatoes with salsa on top. On the side, I had two seaweed brown rice cakes with mashed avocado, hummus, salsa, sauerkraut, and warmed refried beans from a can. Easy and ready in 5 minutes and full of fiber, protein, and micronutrients.
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