I hope there are some happy tummies out there, full of lemon-ginger smoothies and snacks after yesterday’s post. Today, I have a few more afternoon meal ideas, perfectly suited for cubicle consumption. All week long, I’ve been posting ideas to help Hazel, keep well-fueled for the nutritional demands of a full-time job, a regular yoga routine and the logistics associated with parenting an active teen (a.k.a. being a reliable chauffeur)
This January, I seem to be doing a lot of savoury variations on my favourite sweet snacks. (Remember the ginger garlic granola and Thai macaroons?). Since those experiments turned out so well, I decided to continue the trend with this delicious bowl of steel-cut oats. The addition of nutritional yeast, shallots and thyme, create a rich, complex flavour profile. Steel-cut oats are great for office eating, since they can be made ahead and reheated just before serving.
Savoury Steel-Cut Oats
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
1 1/2 cup water
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 TBSP Braggs
1 1/2 TBSP nutritional yeast
1 tsp lemon juice
1 sun dried tomato
In a small saucepan, sauté the shallot and garlic cloves in oil. Add the oats, stir to coat. Cook for 1 minute. Add the thyme, nutritional yeast, black pepper and Braggs. Cook for 1 minute. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Garnish with sun dried tomato.
Sometimes, when life is busy, I just slice up a banana, sprinkle on some ground flax, pumpkin seeds and almonds. Bananas digest easily and provide a nice boost to your blood sugar levels. Nuts and seeds are a great slow-release source of energy that will help to maintain your motivation to move through all of the challenging asanas.
Depending on how well you digest greens, a Kale Avocado Salad can be the perfect afternoon meal. I usual take 3 cups of raw kale, half an avocado, a pinch of salt and juice from half a lime or lemon, and MASH it all together. Seriously, mash it all up with your hands to coat each leaf with avocado. Simple and special.
Sweet Potato Mash
are another perfect, make-ahead meal. Sweet potatoes are incredibly nutrient dense and provide a good amount of energy. The mash pictured above is a combination of sweet potato, apple and fresh ginger. The recipe is from Appetite for Reduction
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So, over the past few days I’ve shared my suggestions for hearty, healthy, portable meals. What have I missed? What would you suggest to Hazel?