After joining Instagram a while ago I’ve been hooked on eating “veggie bowls” for dinner. Basically, I love it because it is a fantastic way of having a variety of foods and flavours all packed into one bowl. It’s a very economical way of eating, it ensures you have your 5 a day and it can be as exciting or as plain as you fancy!
I know, I know, it’s less than a week until Christmas and I’m posting about salads and not Christmas treats! I find it hard in a household of two to even think about buying too much christmas food, especially when I am vegetarian and Scott eats meat. No point buying a whole turkey etc!! This year we are together on Christmas day and then with family either side so I decided to make us a normal dinner on the big day but add in a few extras like a cheese board and boxes of choccies which we can then take around to his family’s house to share the next day.
For my christmas I try to keep a normal routine right up to christmas eve because I have time off work in between Christmas and New Year and that is when I eat treats and drink far too much champagne :) so this week think of me as that angel on your christmas-jumper clad shoulder keeping the balance of healthy eating over this festive period! Eat a big veggie bowl and then have a mince pie :)
I found that by buying items like broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, carrots, kale, chickpeas, mushrooms and feta I could easily mix and match throughout the week. One day I roasted the carrots, another day I grated them raw etc. One day I had the mushrooms whole and another day I sliced them up and sautéed them with the cabbage. It’s easy to vary your dinner whilst still using the same ingredients!
Also because your having a bit of everything in the bowl, the ingredients stretch much further! A can of chickpeas costs around 70p and by eating this way they can last atleast 4 days :)
So how to plan a weeks worth of veggie bowls -
- You can either do what I did and buy a bulk of veg at the beginning of the week and cook it in different ways each night. This way you can vary it depending on your mood!
- You could cook lots of veg etc at the beginning of the week and then everything is just ready to put in a bowl for a super quick dinner.
- Choose your vegetables based on what you don’t mind eating a few times that week, fill the fridge with your favourites then your more likely to want to eat it each night. My favourite vegetable is definitely broccoli so I knew I could happily make that a main feature everyday!
- Choose your protein. Quinoa, eggs, tofu, beans, lentils, falafel etc. This is another variation which could be varied throughout the week. Tofu can be scrambled, baked, marinated and stir fried or coated in delicious spinach and polenta crumb!
- Add some extras like baked pumpkin, pickled onions, raisins or seeds, some cheeky pasta or a bit of humus just to spice it up a bit. Keep it interesting!
- If you haven’t cooked everything in garlic, seasoning and herbs like I do then definitely add a dressing! My favourite is a caper and balsamic dressing :) It goes with everything!
- Keep it simple! This is my motto for everything but it is worth sticking too! If you’re going to be stir frying your green beans then might as well stir fry all the other veg. If your going to be roasting some pumpkin then why not throw in your sprouts, carrots and beetroot! Don’t have hundreds of pans on the go, this is not the veggie bowl way!!
- The only exception to the above point is if you are cooking lots of things at the beginning of the week then you could do all different techniques to make each day a bit more interesting.