You might not be surprised to learn that I tend to go through phases when it comes to exercising regularly. And, well…let’s just say I can’t remember the last time I exercised…and I couldn’t tell you the next time I’m going to either. I could probably say that this “rut” is due to my new job, but it’s not. The truth is that I just don’t feel like exercising, so I’m not going to. That’s just what works for me, I suppose.
But, when exercise isn’t a part of my normal routine – and stress / lack of sleep / doughnuts are – I do like to try to fill my health tank in other ways. Enter: massive amounts of vegetables.
While I try to be one of those people who sneaks veggies into every meal, that’s usually not the case. Instead, I tend to load up on bang-for-your-buck veggie meals: be it ginormous salads, or something like Tuesday night’s dinner.
“5-a-day” vegetable stir fry.
This veggie stir fry is key for me when it comes to getting a ton of veggies into my day while still having a delicious and filling meal. The vegetable base I used can easily be switched up, but I love the colors and textures that this combination yielded.
FYI – I’m pretty sure that this has more than 5 servings…and that the daily recommended servings of vegetables has increased…but “5-a-day” just had such a ring to it
- 1 large carrot
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1/2 cup snap peas
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) **
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
** A friend recently introduced me to Liquid Aminos seasoning, which tastes almost exactly like soy sauce but with barely any sodium. Weird name, great flavor. I found it at Whole Foods.
directions: Cut/slice the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Put canola oil in a large stove-top pan and turn to medium heat. Add vegetables to the pan (except for the spinach) and cook for about 10-15 minutes until the vegetables reach desired softness. You could also put a cover on the pan for the last few minutes to speed up the cooking process.
When the vegetables are cooked, turn off the heat and mix in the spinach. Then add the Liquid Aminos. Top with sunflower seeds.
Next time I might throw some chicken breast in the mix, but the veggies could absolutely stand on their own. Or, in this particular case, with a side of peanut butter hummus.
Health tank = refilled. And then some.
Do you eat vegetables with every meal?
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