I’ve been working a lot of hours lately, like 7 days a week for 70 to 80 hours. Needless to say, finding time to cook for myself has been difficult. Luckily, I’m married to an amazing woman that keeps me well fed. She’s been doing a lot of cooking for me even though she doesn’t subscribe to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle herself.
This past week has been even more difficult because I’m working nights. I am, however, happy to report that I’ve got this evening off. Days off have been few and far between for me, so I’m pretty excited. I’ve gotta stick to my night shift schedule though, or I’ll be up all day tomorrow, and then all night for work, so I’m up tonight while the rest of my family sleeps. It’s nice because I get a nice, quiet break, but it’s really quiet, so I’m limited as to what I can do with my time off. Meanwhile… I’m hungry! I can’t use a blender, too loud, so that eliminates like half of my recipes. I don’t want to be banging pots and pans around. Can’t make a big mess either (I usually make a pretty big mess when I cook), because I don’t want to make too much noise cleaning up. So what should I eat?
After a few minutes of poking around in the kitchen, I settled on making myself a quinoa bowl. I found some broccoli that needed to get eaten, some tricolor, sprouted quinoa, and some black beans in the fridge that my wife had cooked earlier in the week. Perfect!
I steamed the broccoli in my instant pot for 3 minutes, cooked the quinoa, heated up the beans, then combined them all in a bowl. Then I topped it off with a garlic tahini sauce I whipped up. Delicious!
Here’s the recipe:
Broccoli and Black Bean Quinoa Bowl
- Fresh Broccoli
- Black beans (drained and rinsed if canned)
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- Salt (optional)
- Pepper (optional)
- Steam the broccoli for 3 minutes in an instant pot. Add about a cup of water, the instant pot metal trivet (to keep the broccoli out of the water) and broccoli. Put the lid on the instant pot. Press the “manual” button and set for 3 minutes. Turn off the “keep warm” function. After the 3 minutes is up, allow the pressure to dissipate using the natural release method.
- While the broccoli is steaming, bring 1-1/2 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 cup of quinoa. Lower heat and simmer quinoa for 12 minutes (or until the water is absorbed), covered. Remove from heat and let it rest for 5 minutes, covered.
- Add tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt (to taste), and pepper (to taste) to a bowl. Add 2 tbsp of water, then whisk with a fork.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and enjoy!