What The Health? A Healthy, Savory Approach To A Vegan Breakfast
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve all heard of the wonderful vegan propaganda piece that’s flooding timelines and consciences around the country: “What the Health.” I will admit, I watched it while having a full on chicken dinner and had to move my plate halfway through. I vowed to no longer eat meat, adopt a raw vegan lifestyle and dedicate my life to the preservation of animal life.
And that lasted about 24 hours because the way my Jollof rice habit is set up… it just seemed like a very radical change. However, I will say that the idea of eating better and leaning more toward a plant-based lifestyle has been on my radar, and perhaps this film was the little push I needed to start. As an aspiring runner, I can’t even begin to describe the physical difference I feel in my performance when I eat cleaner, plant-based meals and less meat. #Eatcleantraindirty.
So with all that in mind, I created this quick, easy quick power breakfast recipe that was, hands down, the quickest and tastiest meal ever. Here’s to knowing better and eating better!
1 cup Quinoa
2 handfuls of spinach
6 Cremini mushrooms
1 cup roasted butternut squash
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and cook your Quinoa as per package directions. This should take 15-20 mins. Turn off the flame and let cool slightly.
Drizzle olive oil over your cut butter nut squash pieces and put in the oven to roast. This process should take about 20 mins, flip once at the halfway mark. Once roasted with a decent char, remove from the oven and set aside.
In a pan, drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil and sauté your spinach until just wilted; remove from the heat. I know this recipe calls for spinach, but you an always substitute this for your favorite green: collards, kale, swiss chard, or a bevy of other greens.
In the same pan, drizzle a bit more olive oil, and on high heat sautée the sliced cremini mushrooms until just tender. Remove from the heat.
As as these items are cooking, boil your eggs. I like my yolks yellow so I take fresh eggs and put them in a pot just filled to cover with cold water. Once the water comes to a boil, ,remove from the heat and let sit for 10-12 minutes. Run your boiled eggs under some cold water (better yet – an ice bath) to stop the cooking process.
Now it’s time to assemble. Layer all your cooked ingredients (quinoa, spinach, mushrooms and squash) in a bowl. Top with your avocado and a boiled egg. Drizzle olive oil and some lemon juice on top for brightness.
Voila! All done and ready to tackle this new lifestyle you’re (hopefully) embarking on. Cues Kanye’s “Workout Plan”.
Let us know what you think! Did you see “What the Health?” How do you feel about veganism – diet fad or sustainable way of life?