CARBO Loaded Vegan & GF Buddha Bowl

I have a confession to make. I used to be afraid of carbs, I used to worry they would make me fat. 

But working through that fear and understanding the benefits of eating grains and starchy vegetables, helped me overcome that fear and misconception.

Actually, I've been eating more grains, more carbs than ever before and I've actually managed to lose weight without exercising more, and without any kind of deprivation. 

Starchy vegetables and grains are your friends. Trust me when I say this. 

I have lived both in deprivation, and am now finally living with a healthy relationship with food, and I can tell you, deprivation never works and is never ever the answer. 

I used to exercise for hours after eating carbs, afraid that I would gain weight, trying to suppress what I had eaten and I would be unsuccessful in my mission to lose a couple of pounds. 

However, since I've been eating to my heart's content healthy plant based grains and starchy veggies, I have actually lost weight by just doing pilates twice a week for about 30 minutes at home and going to zumba on Saturday morning (it's my little ritual). 

Of course the mode of preparation and the quantities matter, and that's what I am here to guide you through. But please and I beg of you, you will be so so so much happier when you believe this, CARBS/GRAINS/STARCHES ARE YOUR FRIENDS. YOUR BEST FRIENDS, really.

Let me re-introduce you. Baby steps. 

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What do we have here?

Some rice noodles + paprika potatoes + baked parsnip fries + avocado + blanched green beens + mix of seeds

First for the baked potatoes,

  1. Pre-heat the oven @200C
  2. Peel the 1 large potato (or 2 small ones), cut thinly (to bake faster)
  3. In a bowl, place your potatoes with 1 TBSP olive oil, pinch of sea salt, pinch of black pepper, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1 tsp oregano and 1 or 1/2 tsp paprika
  4. Place on a baking sheet that you place on a baking tray, and throw it in the oven @200c for 15mins

For the parsnip fries,

  1. Exact same method as the potatoes, and actually you can place them on the same baking sheet at the same time as your potatoes. 
  2. Pre-heat the oven @200C
  3. Peel the 1 large parsnip (or 2 small ones), cut thinly into fries shapes or half moons 
  4. In a bowl, place your potatoes with 1 TBSP olive oil, pinch of sea salt, pinch of black pepper, 1 tsp thyme
  5. Place on the baking sheet that you place on a baking tray, and throw it in the oven @200c for 15mins

For the green beans (optional),

  1. Place water in a pot and bring to boil with a touch of salt
  2. Once the water is boiling add in your green beans for 45seconds to 1 minute
  3. Sift and get rid of the boiling water, and run the green beans under cold water to help them conserve their vibrant color
  4. Drizzle a bit of olive oil and add some lemon and a touch of dijon mustard if you'd like and voila (you can omit the mustard and just squeeze a bit of lemon even, it's enough with all the other elements you have going on)

For the Rice Noodles,

  • 80-100g rice noodles 
  • 2 tbsp Tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (or 1/2) -  you can substitute for olive oil too, that's fine
  • Pinch of black pepper 
  • Squeeze of lemon 
  • A touch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Method for the rice noodles,

  1. In a pot, place cold water with a dash of salt and bring to boil
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, dip your rice noodles in cold water for about 5-10 minutes
  3. Once the water is boiling, remove the rice noodles from the cold water and add them to the boiling water; let cook for 5 minutes (or check your rice noodle package in case it indicates otherwise)
  4. CAREFUL! when you place the rice noodles, usually a white foam will form and build up. You need to blow on it continuously to prevent it from spilling everywhere. Keep a good eye on your pot, don't just throw in your soba noodles and leave them. 
  5. At 5 minutes precisely, rid the noodles of the water in the pot, and place noodles back into the now empty pot. 
  6. Add in 2 tbsp Tamari, 1 /2 tbsp or 1 tbsp sesame oil, a squeeze of lemon and black pepper 
  7. NOTE: you could substitute rice noodles for soba noodles or any other pasta, just be sure to check the instructions with regards to the time it needs to boil/cook. 

For the grand finale! Toppings?

A nice ripe avocado topped with some lemon, pinch of salt and a mix of seeds if you have them

Fresh parsley or coriander

 

Enjoy enjoy enjoy and I am here to answer any of your questions xoxo