Hey mama! I am here to tell you that getting your veggies in at dinner time doesn’t have to be as strenuous as it sounds. I know I grew up with a piece of chicken a veggie (usually broccoli), a salad and sweet potato or something random.
It’s time consuming to cook all of those separate and then plate it, do bath time and so on… like who has time for that?
I am a huge fan of bowls or stir-frys because they make cooking dinner in under 15 minutes easy and nutritious. I obviously do not eat chicken anylonger, I have been eating a plant-based diet for almost 4 years now.
I use tofu or tempeh in my stir-frys but if you have picky eaters and I am talking about the husbands, then you go on with your bad self and use chicken, just don’t tell me about it! LOL
Anyways, back to gettin healthy in a short amount of time.
I will usually pick one leafy green veggie and 2 other colors. Example would be swiss chard, red bell pepper, and sweet potato. Another great combo is broccoli, onion, squash… I mean the list goes on, but always have something green.
I then make a base which is usually red lentils or quinoa. I like the split red lentils from Trader Joe’s because they are like $1 and change and they cook in 12 minutes, and the same with quinoa...12 minutes!
While my base is cooking for 12 minutes I have my veggies already chopped and I heat a little olive oil in a pan and throw them in. I frequently stir them and after about 5 minutes I add my sauce. I mix it up here depending on the vibe I am feeling, sometimes it’s curry, or teriyaki, or just sriracha!
Once the base is done cooking I plate it and we are eating dinner in 15 minutes or less. Like I literally take a few scoops of the quinoa or lentils and put them on a plate and then load on the veggie stir-fry, mix together, and then enjoy!
My husband loves this and I love this because it’s super yummy and quick. I know we are getting TONS of plant-based vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and more.
For toddlers you can set aside some veggies and some of the base that doesn’t have sauce on them (or with sauce if they like it), and for babies I give jack the red lentils and he just shovels them into his mouth. If we are having super soft veggies I usually cut them in tiny pieces so he can gum up what his 4 teeth can’t handle!
This is such a great quick go-to meal idea that is a favorite in our house so I wanted to share with you.