Say hello to my Beachbody Meatless Medley. I’ve finally created a dish that does not leave me craving for meat shortly after my meal is over. While this is only my third time preparing the above dish, it is distinctly different from the original concoction of bell peppers, onions, and cubed summer squash over a bed of brown rice. With each attempt, I’ve made subtle changes to the veggies, grains, oils, and spices to achieve a desired flavor, texture, and nutritional value.
In my original attempt, I added portabella mushrooms. I had never tasted these before, but heard about their incredible taste and valuable health benefits. Portabella mushrooms are a rich source of antioxidants such as selenium, which helps to protect the body from free radical damage. These mushrooms also provide about 9% of the FDA recommended amout of potassium, which aids in the functioning of the body’s muscles. While a decent source of protein, portabella mushrooms do not provide all 8 of the essential amino acids.
In my second attempt, I substituted olive oil for grape seed oil. This oil has a higher smoke point which is ideal for cooking at higher temperatures. It is also a great source of Vitamin E, Antioxidants, Flavinoids, and has been found to aid in the reduction of LDL (the bad cholesterol).
In the video below, I decided to replace the brown rice with quinoa. Over the past few years, I’ve heard nothing but good things about a whole grain substitute. This incredible grain has the distinction of being named by the National Academy of Sciences as one of the best sources of proteins in the vegetable kingdom. A 3/4 cup of quinoa provides a whopping 18 grams of protein (All 8 of the essential amino acids), compared to only three grams from brown rice. In addition to its high protein content, quinoa is gluten free and a good source of Fiber, Magnesium, and Manganese. I entered all of the ingredients into MyFitnessPal and came up with the following:
Again, for those of you who are familiar with my prior posts, all of the above means Jack Squat if it does not taste good, as I refuse to eat anything that is bad tasting. It’s one of my 3 rules of clean eating that I strictly adhere to.
Well, I am happy to say that with every attempt, each new ingredient has made my Thumbs Up list in terms of flavor. I was particularly impressed with quinoa. While the taste was pretty bland by itself, it took on the flavor of the accompanying ingredients with grace and harmony while distinguishing itself with it’s unique texture.
Preparation of this dish is easy; you simply make the quinoa first, then chop up the ingredients, add the grape seed oil in a skillet and add all of the ingredients. I seasoned with salt an pepper to taste and cooked this for about 10 minutes over medium-low flame. Take a look at the following video of me preparing it:
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