This antioxidant bowl took me by surprise! Initially, my intent wasn’t to share this dish on the blog. That was until quickly realizing I couldn’t pick my head up from the bowl. It was that. Damn. Good. Whilst creating this bowl I made due with what I had on deck, per usual. After cooking I usually post a picture on social media if it’s aesthetic enough. Multiple people ended up asking me about this one. With its killer combo of deliciousness and good looks, it earned its spot in the nomadik health fam.
Not only did this antioxidant bowl turn out aesthetically pleasing, it’s just as good for your health as it is for your taste buds. This bowl delivers an abundance of antioxidants, fiber, protein, and detoxing ingredients.
Personally, I love knowing what goes into my body. I’m a major “wing it” person in the kitchen, aka: throwing together healthy ingredients I have lying around that I feel would compliment each other. After cooking i’ll look up each ingredient to learn how it benefits the body. Again, this recipe was a major “wing it”, which is why I thought it’d be cool to share its health benefits with you.
Black rice: I first came across this ancient grain in an organic market across the street from my esthetics school. Intrigued, I did my researched and was pleasantly surprised. Turns out this grain is a great source of fiber and protein. Black rice is said to deliver more antioxidants to the body than a bowl of fruit. I use Lotus Foods black rice
Purple Cabbage: Brightens your insides as much as your plate. This cruciferous is loaded with antioxidants that prevent cellular damage. Purple cabbage is said to be more beneficial to your health than green cabbage.
Zucchini: Practically anything thats green and grows from the earth is healthy. Zucchini is loaded with antioxidants which aid in digestion and weight loss. The green squash can improve heart health and help control blood sugar levels. This veggie is super versatile, making it easy to incorporate into your diet.
Yellow squash: A powerful vegetable which deserves more attention. From what i’ve researched on healthline.com , Yellow squash contains vitamins A, B6, and C. Including folate (produces DNA and division of cells), magnesium (essential for a healthy body), fiber, riboflavin (turns carbs and fats into energy), phosphorus (helps grow and repair cells/tissues), potassium (prevents kidney stones, stroke, osteoporosis), and manganese(aids in digestion and liver function). Holy power-house.
Orange Bell pepper: Great source of vitamins! C, A, and potassium. Along with fiber, folate, and iron.
Onion: Detoxing, cancer fighting, blood sugar control, antioxidants.
Pigeon peas: Holding all the qualities of many other beans. That being protein, fiber, potassium, and folate.
Hummus: Chickpeas are known for being high in protein and fiber. What I didn’t know is its contribution to maintaining a healthy gut and it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Cilantro: Detoxing of heavy metals if consumed daily, cleansing, vitamin K, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory.
Hot sauce: anti-fungal, relieves joint pain, improves metabolism, and much more.
Prep time: 5min Cooking:10min Total Time: 15min
-1 handful of purple cabbage, thinly sliced
-drizzle of oil (olive or avocado)
-drizzle of white vinegar
-1cup cooked black rice
-1 zucchini, halved and cut into half rounds
-1yellow squash, halved and cut into half rounds
-1 orange bell pepper (yellow or red is fine) sliced and halved
-1 yellow onion
-salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder (a pinch of each)
-1 can of pigeon peas, drained and rinsed
-1 spoon full of hummus
-chopped cilantro and hot sauce to top
-start cooking the rice
-add a drizzle of oil and all cut vegetables to a pan
-add seasonings (adjust to your liking)
-sauté until tender (not mush)
-add pigeon peas
-heat for about 2 more min
-add purple cabbage to serving bowl, drizzle with oil, vinegar, and sprinkle of slat
-add rice followed by veggies
-top with hummus
-top with cilantro and hot sauce
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