Balancing responsibilities might leave you tired by the time it comes to dinner. When “where do you want to go?” becomes a dreaded question, let the answer be “home!”
Cooking at home does a few good things. First, it allows for portion control. You choose your own bowl or plate, and how much food goes in it. It’s been shown that we eat what is in front of us–no matter the serving size. To make this trick work for you, choose a moderately sized bowl or plate for your food. The goal is to feel 75% full so that your body can digest food without feeling like an episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive!
Here is one of my favorite go-to meals. It is vegan, which means no animal products were used. Plus, it is filled with heart-healthy walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes. According to Chinese Medicine food therapy principles, foods that are red bring good qi (life-energy) to your heart. This is coupled with the red quinoa. For an added bonus, green broccolini was added. Greens and reds work synergistically–says the color wheel! Since we eat first with our eyes, let’s add a little art theory to our food. Isn’t that fun?
1 cup of red quinoa
4 walnut halves (calcium-rich almonds also used here)
4 stems of broccolini
3 sun-dried tomatoes
First, bring a pot of water to a boil over low-medium heat. Add in the cup of quinoa to the water. Sprouted quinoa is easier to digest because it has a slightly dissolved outer covering, so look for sprouted if it is available at your grocery store.
After twelve minutes, add the broccolini to the pot along with the nuts and cover. This will gently steam the additions without over-cooking. Different foods have different preparation times. You can still use one pot to make clean-up easy.
The quinoa is done when it has become slightly brighter in color and all of the sprouts have blossomed. The broccolini is steamed when it has brightened in color, and bends slightly to the touch. It may be eaten raw, but see what you prefer. When the nuts are steamed, the skins will begin to separate from the “meat”.
Cooking at home gives you an easy answer to what to do for dinner. Congratulations on completing an easy, heart-healthy meal! Enjoy