Gratitude Bowl for lunch this Christmas?

Recently I made this bowl of goodness in less than 30 minutes. Simple, healthy & delicious.

Isn’t that what we want for Christmas? Food everyone can enjoy, creative, getting nourished and feeling amazing when celebrating with family and friends.

Have you ever noticed how people are feeling sick and tired after indulging with too much (unhealthy) food?

It can be actually very dangerous for our heart:

It may be the “most wonderful” time of the year–but it’s also the most dangerous time of the year. Have you heard of the “Christmas Coronary”? There is a two-week spike in cardiac deaths between Dec. 25 and Jan. 7. But there are steps you can take now to keep your heart healthy this holiday season and into 2017 and beyond. 

Click here for a full article by Dr. Neal Barnard. 

 

Creating the own “Gratitude Bowl” is fun for everyone.

… and also a great basis for meat and fish eaters, if the family is not completely on a whole food plant based diet.

Here are my suggestions. There are no exact details about the ingredients, because you can create this to your liking.

It is all about having fun with adding and experimenting.

Just provide all the different goodies in separate bowls in buffet-style and people can play with it.

Possible ingredients:

Cook a huge pot of  brown rice and a further one of quinoa (in Thermie cook 2 batches with each 400g for 25 / 20 min).

Steam on top some vegetables (snow peas, beans, sweet potatoes etc.)

With a spiruliser (or cut by hand, or chop in Thermie) create some zucchini and carrot zoodles.

Cut some more vegetables. For example mushrooms, capsicum, celery, fennel, tomatoes, onions ….

Place all different vegetables in separate bowls, also the rice, quinoa (or buckwheat, millet etc.).

Place some cutted nori sheets in a small bowl.

In a larger bowl add some greens (spinach, rocket, cos lettuce etc.)

In a small bowl place milled linseed

In the next bowl add some walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts etc.

Also blueberries and pomegranate seeds are so delicious.

Add some tablespoons of nutritional yeast in a small bowl (for the fancy vegans ;))

Now create some sauces or further topping:

My favourite at the moment mashed peas. In the Thermie add some spring onions and garlic (to your liking – everything you can see here is to your liking no trick recipe rules), chop 3 sec / speed 5, scrape sides down and cook 5 min / 100C / speed soft. Add a splash of water after 2 min, so it doesn’t stick on the bowl. Then add frozen peas, salt & pepper (other spices)  and a little bit coconut milk and cook for about 8-10 minutes. If you like you can mash them with adding some fresh mint for 10 sec / speed 4. Place also in a bowl.

For a nice white dressing use tahini, coconut yoghurt, lemon juice, water, salt & pepper and combine.

You can also add to the table tomato sauce, Mexican salsa, Spicy sauces, Tamari sauce, Coconut Amino Sauce and more.

Enjoy making this delicious bowls with your family this Christmas.

 

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Andrea xx

 

PS: And with having less meat this Christmas you could also be part of the initiative “Kinder Christmas” by Animals Australia.