SO YOU FORGOT TO PLAN DINNER? UGH.
Well don't fret! Instead of calling for take-out or going through the dreaded drive-thru & adding to your waistline, use this easy and delicious recipe and never eat boring vegetables again! It includes items that you probably already have in your fridge. It's my go-to dinner if I didn't really plan anything, or I have a bunch of veggies that need to be used, or if I have an impromptu dinner guest and want to impress with little effort. I make it allllll the time. It's such a great way to get a wide variety of veggies too! Which we all need more of right? But for real - vegetables can be boring if you don't know what to do. After this post, you will!
I ALMOST DIDN'T POST THIS CUZ ITS SO EASY
But sometimes we WANT & NEED easy. And I promised I would be adding recipes that I actually use all the time. It'll seem basic, but trust me, there are so many variations, and spice add ons you can play with that it never tastes basic. This meal consists of 3-4 different kinds of vegetables sautéed in ghee, with spices and fresh lemon added, topped with an over easy egg (or 2) and a few slices of beautiful avocado!
LET'S TALK ABOUT GHEE FOR A SEC
If you don't know what ghee is- YOU NEED TO. Ghee has been used for thousands of years an an ancient healing food. It's an inflammation & cancer fighting buttery badass, as well as the purest tasting nutty buttery deliciousness your mouth will ever enjoy. It gives so much rich flavor to your meals.
Ghee originated in India & means "to sprinkle" in Sanskrit. To make ghee, butter is heated which separates the liquid from the solid milk fat residue, (Cute sounding, huh?), which is discarded. Then what's left is the pure golden clarified liquid ghee.
Ghee has many nutritional benefits too! Remember the cute milk fat residue that gets scraped off? Well this makes ghee lactose & casein free. Which makes it much easier to digest for most people, including those who are lactose intolerant. Y'all know I'm all about easy digestion. WIN!
HERE'S SOME OTHER BENEFITS:
- Ghee has a high smoke point // Feel free to sauté, fry, and cook on high!
- Ghee is rich in Vitamins A, D & E // Good for us ViT D deficient PNWesterners
- Ghee has Butyrate, an essential short chain fatty acid // You need these. Trust.
- Ghee supports weight loss // From the MCT's burning through other fats on our body.
- Ghee creates an alkaline environment // Combats cancer cells. Go Ghee!
OK, so now that you love ghee like me....Let's get to the food. I have included 3 different variations of this recipe but the prep process is all the same. I just wanted to show how versatile it can be. You can make a big pan of this and reheat it for a bomb breakfast. Just make another egg in the morning! Or Tupperware it up, add some chopped chicken & have over a pile of greens for a nutrient-packed lunch. On leg day, when you want more protein with dinner, add a wild caught salmon fillet instead of an egg. I do this all the time as well.
Besides ghee, the winner ingredients that make this could-be-boring meal not boring at all include fresh squeezed lemon, which makes it soooo fresh tasting, and a couple other things from Trader Joe's that you should definitely pick up! The "Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend" for sprinkling and my favorite dressing/marinade/dip, the Trader Joe's brand "Almond Butter Turmeric Salad Dressing." This dressing is a champ because it tastes bomb, and it doesn't have vegetable oil or canola oil in it like 99.8% of salad dressings do. If you love your body and your cells...
DO NOT EVER USE/COOK WITH/INGEST VEGETABLE OR CANOLA OIL.
If you want to educate yourself on these oils (which you should!) Click HERE and listen to why I'm so adamant about this.
ONE MORE THUMB SCROLL FOR MY EASY/FANCY VEGGIE PILE WITH EGG & AVOCADO!
- 3-5 various chopped or spiralized in-season veggies. The combos I used:
- Beets, kale, onion & orange peppers
- spiralized zucchini, broccolini, onion & cherry tomatoes
- asparagus, red peppers, arugula, onion & watercress greens
- 1-2 Tbsp Ghee
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- Fresh Squeezed lemon - I used Meyer lemon, which is a cross btwn a lemon and mandarin!
- TJ's everything but the bagel seasoning
- TJ's Almond butter turmeric dressing
- 1-2 eggs, poached or over easy
- sliced avocado
- S&P to taste
- Add ghee in large pan, over medium-high heat for a minute or so.
- Add vegetables - start with the firmer vegetables, like zucchini, broccoli, or beets. Stirring frequently.
- After they start to soften, add others like peppers, onion and tomatoes. Add garlic as well.
- In a separate pan, add a little ghee, and cook your egg over easy or poach it. However you like to eat your eggs. - I like mine a little undercooked with the yoke still a little runny. (Sidenote: leaving the yoke a little runny keeps the proteins intact and allows for easier absorption in your body)
- Last, add leafy greens for no more than a minute! You do not want these overcooked, sad and wilty. Think "lightly sautéed".
- Add S&P and/or Everything but the bagel seasoning to your liking and a heavy dose of fresh squeezed lemon. Give one more big stir.
- Plate the pile of veggies, top with the egg, avocado slices, and last, the turmeric almond butter dressing. Enjoy!
CHEERS & MUAH!