Weekdays are crazy busy at our house and sometimes I just do not want to cook. Yes, I said it! Tonight was one of those nights, but lucky for me I had a package of summer squash that I had cut into chunks and froze a few months ago. This is my go to super simple recipe for a healthy meal after a hectic day.
Ingredients – Serves 2-3 (FYI – I make this amount for 2 Adults + 2 Children)
1 Medium Summer Squash – cut into chunks (fresh or frozen is fine, just adjust cooking time accordingly)
1 3/4 Cups Vegetable Broth (I used Trader Joe’s Brand)
1/2 Package Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains
1 Tbsp Cooking Oil of your choice
Salt and Pepper to taste
Can I say, I LOVE Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains?! No, this is not a sponsored post, I just really, really like it. The Harvest Grains package is a blend of Couscous, Orzo, Baby Garbanzo Beans, and Red Quinoa. Yum. I prefer to cook it in vegetable broth to add a little more flavor, and it is amazing with diced carrots, zucchini and any other type of squash. It cooks in 10 minutes, making it perfect for a quick and easy dinner.
- Place squash chunks in pot and cook on medium low heat to steam. (If using fresh squash cook with a little water first to slightly steam. Frozen squash with provide its own water, just add frozen squash directly to pan.)
- Meanwhile, pour vegetable broth into pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add 1/2 package of Harvest Grains and cook 10 minutes according to package directions. Set aside.
- After water in squash pan has mostly evaporated and squash is steamed, add 1 Tbsp. of oil and saute until slightly browned. Once cooked, add salt and pepper to taste.
- Plate dish by scooping Harvest Grains onto plate and topping with squash and enjoy!
Okay, so I’m not sure that this qualifies for a recipe, but it is one of my favorite sandwiches. I love bringing this to work for lunch and I know I’m eating so much healthier than I would be if I ate fast food or something from the freezer section of my local grocery store.
Avocado Tomato Sprout Sandwich
2 Pieces multi-grain bread (my favorite hands down is Dave’s Killer Good Seed Bread – ridiculously good!)
1/2 Avocado, sliced
2 Slices tomato
Clover Sprouts – a generous helping!
There is no right or wrong way to assemble this sandwich. One thing I have learned however, if you are making it to bring for lunch or eat a few hours later (make sure to refrigerate), place tomatoes at the top the sandwich. I’ve noticed when this sandwich sits in the refrigerator, and the tomatoes are at the bottom, the bread tends to get soggy.
Looks delicious doesn’t it? This sandwich is so simple to make and is a great way to get a ton of veggies and healthy fats in your diet. I am not a very good vegan in that I get tired of salads…quickly. In the winter it is difficult for me to eat a salad. I want substance! This sandwich satisfies my need for a more filling lunch while still providing me with a nutritious meal.
This is one of my favorite recipes (if you could even call it that). It is ridiculously simple, but the colors and flavors really make this an elegant salad. I’ve brought this to family holidays, picnics, and potlucks and always get asked for the recipe. There are only 4 pieces to this salad puzzle, and the best part is, you can easily tailor it to your own tastebuds, adding a little here and subtracting there.
I love bringing this salad for an easy healthy lunch, especially on busy mornings where I don’t have time to make a lunch. It is ready in minutes and holds up well to keeping in the refrigerator for a few hours. (I don’t recommend storing overnight as the dressing tends to wilt the broccoli slaw and it loses it’s freshness.)
In these photos, I made a single serving for lunch this morning, but below is a recipe that will easily feed 6-8 as a side dish.
Simple Broccoli Slaw Salad
Servings 6-8 | Vegan
1 package Broccoli Slaw (I used Trader Joe’s brand, but any will do)
3/4 bottle Annie’s Goddess Dressing (note – the regular Goddess Dressing is best, not to be confused with the Green Goddess Dressing)
1 Cup Whole Shelled Walnuts (pieces are okay as well depending on how much crunch and substance you like)
1 Cup Dried Cranberries
Now for the hard part – mix all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Easy right?! Trust me, for as simple as this salad is, it packs quite a tasty punch!
This salad would be beautiful to serve along side your main dish for a holiday meal. The colors of the broccoli slaw and cranberries look very festive, and the best part, you’re getting veggies, fruit and nuts all in one dish!
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