Challenges

Honey Sesame Grain Bowls

September 20, 2017

Eating healthy can be hard. I myself find it difficult to find recipes that I know are really good for me and that I also love to eat. While staying with my parents my mom and I will sometimes make meaty meals for my hubby and dad and then we make ourselves something vegetarian. My mom is a vegetarian and I am not much of a meat eater, so staying with them has created an opportunity to try out some vegetarian meals such as this one. I was inspired by this tasty recipe.

To make these grain bowls I first took a look in the fridge to see what I had to work with. I used the vegetables that were on hand and added a can of chickpeas for protein. I lightly seasoned the veggies and chickpeas and then roasted them until they were cooked and looking delicious!

I am always shocked when I eat this meal because it is so filling. I will have a bowl and only eat about a quarter or a half of a serving that I would eat of a different meal. The brown rice and veggies just fill you up in a way that other foods don’t. I also feel a better full and what I mean by that is I feel more satisfied than I do full. My body just seems to be more happy with me. I made a honey sesame sauce to go with this grain bowl but you could use whichever flavour combination you prefer. I also used a honey sesame sauce for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight  as this month’s ingredient was honey!

 

Grain Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

An easy recipe that is easily customized to your favourite flavours or what is in season.

Course: dinner, healthy, lunch
Ingredients
  • 1 head of broccoli chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 3-4 carrots chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • rosemary
Honey Sesame Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water or stock
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
Instructions
Roasting Veggies
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Place chopped vegetables and chickpeas in one layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top and season with desired seasonings. Toss together to make sure all veggies and chickpeas are seasoned and coated. Bake for 12-15 minutes and then flip the veggies to ensure equal baking. Return to oven for about 10 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Sauce
  1. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small pot and bring to simmer. Simmer for 1-2 minutes until sauce thickens slightly.

Assembly
  1. Serve roasted veggies and chickpeas over a bed of brown rice or quinoa. Drizzle with the honey sesame sauce. If bringing lunch to go back the sauce in a small container and drizzle on top of rice and veggies when ready to eat. 



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  1. I get cravings for veggies all the time and I have been known to eat just a bowl of veggies for a midnight snack. I need to make some of these grain bowls with the honey sesame sauce because that just sounds fantastic!

  2. I love wholesome food served in bowls and when it is vegetarian friendly – I am all for it. Even at my home the men are more meat eaters and don’t consider veggies as a whole meal option. Loved the idea of honey sesame and am so wanting to recreate this bowl for weekday lunch when I alone at home.. ?

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