Well hi there and happy lunching ladies and gents! I’d like to address the number one question I get asked lately, which is “how do you have time to make so much healthy food while being in grad school?” It’s a simple answer: I make time! Getting up early is great for productivity and I don’t work out nearly as often as I did in college, but I still try to at least 3 times a week! Also, cooking healthy dishes doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Life is complicated enough, so at least make your meal prep simple! Today’s recipe is super healthy, plant based, and really easy to pack for school/work. I am thrilled to present to you: Quinoa and Veggies With Peanut Sauce- a piece of cake to make!
Fun fact, I’m a total sucker for peanut sauce. However, I am very careful about which peanut sauces I eat because many are loaded with preservatives. Yuck. Good news- my sauce is healthy and pure, woooo!
Quinoa and Veggies With Peanut Sauce is lit-ruh-lee my favorite lunch to pack for school. Why you may ask? Well, it’s incredibly filling, portable, and loaded with nutrient dense veggies and protein. Keeenwah is a wonderful source of plant based protein, in case ya didn’t know :).
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 bunch bok choy chopped (mine was on the smaller side)
- 8 oz white mushrooms (cut in half)
- 1 red bell pepper (I cut into strips)
- 3 cups purple cabbage (I sliced and chopped mine)
- 1.5 cups vegetable stock
- Sauce Ingredients
- 3 tbsp peanut butter (make sure it's smooth)
- 7 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tsp liquid aminos (I used Bragg's brand)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- Cook 1 cup of quinoa according to package directions.
- Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until a smooth consistency forms.
- In a separate pan from the quinoa, cook the chopped vegetables in vegetable stock on medium heat for 16-18 minutes. The liquid should be almost fully absorbed when finished.
- Then, add the quinoa to the cooked veggies and mix in the sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Cooking time: 16-18 minutes on medium heat.
- Cook quinoa and veggies separately.