I've mastered the art of Lazy Veganism. Working a full time job, taking care of a husband, 3 cats, cleaning the apartment, managing the finances, paying the bills.. there's days I give up on dinner all together and just lay down. If I had the financial means to be a stay at home wife (aka dream job), I'd be making all sorts of fancy recipes every day. But, since money is not my friend, a lot of times its whatever I can whip up as fast as I can.
Maybe you're in the same boat as me, or maybe you don't like cooking, or maybe you just have a show you're trying to binge and you don't have time to cook some fancy meal. Time doesn't have to mean that you can't make an easy meal that's still healthy and fulfilling. The key? Protein and healthy fats. You want your meal to work as hard for you as you do.
This recipe is hardly a recipe. But I know I'm not alone in this time restricted boat, so I wanted to share it with you. Essentially, it's grains and beans. It's a go to meal of mine, and it's completely customizable. All you need is 3 ingredients, plus salt and pepper to taste.
-Quinoa, rice, or some type of grain. I use a rice mix and quinoa blend from Minute Rice and it cooks in 10 minutes, and it's delicious.
-Beans. You can justifiably use any type of beans. I used edamame in the pod, of which I squeezed out of the pod. They have steamer bags in the freezer, and they're perfect for this.
1) Cook your grain according to the package. All mine requires is I boil water, cook it for 10 minutes, let it stand for a few, then fluff it with a fork.
2) While that's cooking, prepare your beans. Mine requires steaming the bag for 4 minutes, then I de-shell the edamame and place the beans in a bowl.
3) Wash, cut, and mash your avocado. I've heard that there's people out there that actually only eat half an avocado in one sitting and save the rest for later?! I have no control when it comes to avocados. I've never saved some for later. If you can do half, more power to you.
4) Combine rice, edamame, and avocado in bowl and mix together. Add some sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Like I said, it's hardly a recipe but it's a favorite of mine so I wanted to share. I get two meals out of this, since my husband won't eat it.