Sometime, I'm in the mood to cook something with everything that I have in my refrigerator, call a girlfriend, open a bottle of wine, and chat away.
Well.. that happened yesterday.
Was looking forward to spending sometime in the kitchen and utilize the produce that was around the house already and put a beautiful rainbow-colored plate together.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup diced zucchini
- 1 fresh corn striped out of the cob
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper
- 1 celery stalk diced
- 1/4 cup diced red onions
- 1/2 cup cauliflower rice
- 2 small golden beets
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt & pepper
Turned my oven on to 400 F. Sliced some golden beets and purple sweet potatoes, which I then tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake them for around 15-18 minutes until tender (fork can go through them. Personally, I like my veggies a little al dente).
In the skillet over medium heat, started melting the ghee, added the onions and celery together. After a few minutes (2-3 min) and they started to turn translucent and I added the zucchini and bell pepper.
Then I stripped the corn off the cob, tossed them to the mix of veggies, and added the cauliflower rice and the pre-cooked quinoa.
When everything was all mixed together and fully heated, it was time to add the baked purple sweet potatoes and beets! And for the final touch, I mixed in diced avocados (love the silky texture the avocado gives to the food).
Dinner was full of nutrients, lots of flavor and a bunch of great textures!
The great part of this plate, is that gives you the opportunity to work with WHATEVER you have in your fridge. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS... have extra cooked quinoa, brown or forbidden rice, and lately I have been doing a lot of cauliflower or broccoli rice (huge fan!!). This is a great start point to have a well balanced meal that can be done in minutes.
Last night I decided to do it all vegan, but you can easily add any protein you want: fish, steak, pork chop, grilled chicken, tofu, tempeh, etc... Go crazy with the combinations!
The more you cook and try new combinations, the better you will get and easier it will be. Cooking is fun and your personal art.
Bon appetite !
Hope you enjoy it.