For those of you vegans who work outside the home, lunchtime usually means a break from the office, time away from annoying and chatty coworkers, bosses looking to get a few extra minutes of free work and endless tasks. To escape that, we usually head out of the office for lunch–at least I know I used to and often–which usually means eating out.
Whether it’s fast food or restaurant food, we choose it because it’s convenient and consistent. Mostly. But what if I told you that you could make a vegan lunch bowl that’s just as convenient and consistent?
With a little bit of prep work and forethought, of course.
This Vegan Rainbow Bowl recipe ticks all the boxes:
It’s colorful & nutritious
You can switch up ingredients for different flavor profiles so it’s like you’re always eating someplace new.
Grab your favorite kitchen tools and ingredients and let’s do this!
What You’ll Need:
*Couscous (or other grain)
Whip It Up
Step One: Heat shallow skillet over medium heat and cook garlic about 3 or 4 minutes, until fragrant and slightly brown.
Step Two: Rinse the salad veggies and towel dry them.
Step Three: Bring water/waste free broth to a boil for couscous.
Step Four: Make the cocogurt dressing. Whisk together cocogurt, lemon juice, dill and parsley along with herbs spices. Set aside or refrigerate.
Step Five: Drop couscous into water and remove from heat. Cover for five minutes and then fluff with a fork.
Step Six: Add vegan chiftele to the skillet and cook about 5 minutes or until warmed through.
Step Seven: Toss salad in dressing and drizzle the remaining dressing over the couscous and chiftele (optional).
And that’s it, a quick and easy lunch that you can pack and take with you to work. Pack salad separately so it’s easy to warm up the chiftele and grains.
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Chiftele is basically a Romanian (or middle eastern or eastern European) meatball that is usually mixed with ground meat, spices, herbs and sometimes vegetables, though that would technically make them frikadellen.
The vegan version I used is called Tims and it’s…all right. A little greasy and they dry out quickly. I much prefer the vegan ones my mother-in-law makes.
The more you know…
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