Sometimes all I am craving is some super clean and healthy food. Especially when I am not feeling the best or have eaten pretty unhealthy the past days. My body is just asking for nutrients and something to fuel it with. There is nothing better for this than a bowl packed with vitamins, nutrients, and tons of greens! This green goddess bowl is my go-to meal for that. It is ready in 15 minutes, incredibly good, super healthy, and so satisfying! It doesn’t taste like „boring healthy“ just because it has like a ton of greens in it but it is super good.
Sometimes when I eat a lot of processed foods, I just don’t feel good at all. It makes me tired, I don’t sleep well, I can’t concentrate and so on. And I know that I am not the only person who feels that way. I mean no wonder. I do not think that products with a thousand add-ins and chemicals, that we can’t even pronounce, are good for us. Even if it says healthy on the packaging or low sugar, it is so important to check the labels and see what actually is in it. I think that it is way better for us if we eat something higher in sugar, but it is naturally sweetened, e.g. with Dates than if we buy something low sugar with emulgators and flavorings and 100 ingredients we have never heard of.
This is why I love to cook with real ingredients and Whole Foods. I for example don’t do „vegan cheese“ that is supposed to taste like cheese because of chemistry, I think that real cheese is way better for us in this example. But that is not about the recipe anymore, so let’s get back to that. I just wanted you to understand why eating Whole Foods is so important to me.
This green goddess bowl is something I make very often. Honestly, it is such a quick lunch, but also works great if you prepare it the night before and take it to work or school. It takes 10 ingredients which makes it super simple. So as a base, I like to use greens, spinach is my favorite. I do it raw because it is like a salad but if you do not like it raw at all, you can sauté it or steam it. If you prefer other greens such as kale, arugula, lambs lettuce or whatever, that works too, just make sure you have a base full of vitamins.
The other Part of the base is our grain or carb. I like to use quinoa here. Quinoa is such a nutrient dense food! It has a ton of protein, fiber, tastes amazing btw, and a reasonable amount of vitamins and minerals. Also it US ready in less than 15 minutes which is perfect for a quick lunch. Also, other than rice I think, it still tastes good after like 3-4 days in the fridge. So if you make a big batch in the beginning of the week you can use it over and over throughout the week! If you don’t like quinoa at all, something like brown rice or couscous would work really good here too! Just be aware that cooking brown rice takes way longer than it does to make quinoa.
So now we have the base, we can go on to the remaining ingredients. Here I just like to stick with a lot of greens because they are super healthy and I think it looks super pretty when it is all in one color :)! We cut up some fresh cucumber, slice some avocado, steam or blanch some broccoli and peas. That is about it. You can also do some zucchini or sugar snap peas or edamame if that is something you always have on hand, I just happen to have all of those ingredients in my fridge all the time. The great thing about this bowl are all the different components and textures, the creaminess if the quinoa, the crunch of the cucumber, the bite of the broccoli and peas and the softness of the spinach. I know that this bowl is really healthy and maybe not something for everyone but it is soo good if you just want something clean and nourishing!
Up to now, we have almost everything. But, let’s be honest, that would really be a bit boring if we just sprinkled some salt on here. We don’t want that, and that’s why we are making a bomb dressing. As you probably have noticed this bowl does not really contain any fats, except for the avocado. The dressing adds some healthy fat here. We use tahini, which is like the best thing ever, in salad dressings but also elsewhere! Tahini is like peanut butter but made out of sesame seeds and is a really popular ingredient in eastern cuisine. It has a lot of vitamins and healthy fats and it just tastes sooo good! Other than this we have some lemon juice, honey or maple, plant based or normal yoghurt to add creaminess, a little vinegar and some water to think everything out because otherwise it would be very very thick! This dressing adds so much flavor and just brings all the ingredients together. It is something you definitely do not want to miss out when making this bowl!
I hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do and love all of the flavors it contains! It is such an amazing dish when just wanting to fuel your body and nourish it! Super easy to make, incredibly delicious (although it is pretty healthy!) and very meal prep friendly! Enjoy & happy cooking!
Green Goddess Bowl
A super clean, healthy & delicious bowl/ salad perfect for when your body is craving healthy food and nutrients. 15 minutes and mealprep friendly.
What you will need
For the bowl:
- 100 g Quinoa
- 3-4 handful spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- 200 g Broccoli
- 100 g Peas
- 1/2 Avocado
For the dressing:
- 2 tbsp Tahini
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 2 tsp vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp yoghurt or plant based yoghurt
- 3-4 tbsp water
That’s how it works:
Wash and rinse the Quinoa. Add it to a pot along with 250ml of water and a pinch of salt. Bring it to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let simmer for about 10-12 minutes until fluffy.
Bring another pot with salted water to a boil. Add in the broccoli and peas and boil for about 3 minutes. Then drain and rinse under ice cold water. This will keep the nutrients and color as it stops the cooking process.
Either peel the cucumber into thin strips or dice it up into cubes.
For the dressing mix all of the ingredients together until creamy. Use as much or as little water as you wish, depending on your desired thickness.
In a Bowl Place the spinach. Add the broccoli and peas. Next put the quinoa into the bowl. Top with the cucumber ribbons. Drizzle the dressing and garnish with some fresh mint leaves.
Serve and enjoy!