The other day I shared a recipe for Sautéed Garlic Chard with you. I’ve used it again in this Chickpea Quinoa Bowl, to give you a delicious, healthy, vegan, lunch or dinner option, that is really easy to make. You can really dress this bowl up with any of the vegetables you have in your fridge, and I encourage you to be creative! The garlicy chard is so delicious with the crunchy quinoa and the soft chickpeas, but I also loved the flavor and texture of the tomatoes and green onion in there.
Quinoa and chickpeas are great options for vegan food that is high in protein. You all know I’m not a vegan, but I do think it’s important to limit the amount of meat we eat, both for health purposes, and because frankly the farming practices in America are really disgusting. If the demand for meat were lower, I believe a lot of the issues would improve or resolve. I’m not against eating animals, but I don’t think they should be tortured.
OK, back to the point of this blog: eating healthy. My family eats mostly chicken and salmon, and I try to keep the portions fairly small…around 3-4 ounces per serving. Meat certainly has some health benefits that are harder to find in plant products, like protein, iodine, and vitamin B12, but it is also very hard to digest. If you overload your plate with 10 ounces of steak or chicken, you’re also going to overload your digestive system. An overloaded digestive system won’t break down the foods you eat and provide you with the nutrients you need to live and be healthy!
It’s a good idea to have some healthy vegan meal options, so that you can limit your meat intake. The chickpeas and quinoa in this dish are not only high in protein. They’re also high in fiber, minerals, and other vital nutrients. Your body will do a happy dance when you eat this meal!
Before we get to the recipe for the Chickpea Quinoa Bowl, I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!” Freedom from food addictions is part of having a truly full life.