Delicious, No-Fuss “Power Bowl” With Sweet Craisins & Crunchy Almonds [RECIPE]

By Karyl Trejo | 7 February 2020 296 views
vegan quinoa bowl

Delicious Vegan “Power Bowl” With Quinoa, Craisins & Almonds

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Let me say something up front: this recipe is vegan.

Now, before you close out of the window… you should know that this recipe is ALSO delicious… easy… and super nutritious!

To be blunt… vegans have been dealt a rough hand. All they’re trying to do is eat better and have a positive effect on the welfare of animals… 

And yet many people still won’t touch their food without making an offhand or snarky comment.

Well, for those of you know how good ethical fare can be, you’ll love this filling yet simple vegan quinoa bowl. It features quinoa (a pseudo-cereal grain that has a bounty of health benefits) and pan-seared tofu.

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Add a smattering of broccoli, a dash of almonds, and hearty sprinkle of craisins, and you have a meal that hits all of your yummy receptors. There’s nothing boring or bland about this vegan meal!

So if you’re ready to change your mind about vegan food (in a good way)… get started with the recipe right here:

FTH’s Delicious, No-Fuss “Power Bowl” With Sweet Craisins & Crunchy Almonds

(Vegan, Low GI, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Vegetarian)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of broccoli, chopped
  • ¼ cup craisins
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 16 oz extra-firm tofu
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
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Directions:

1) Prepare quinoa by rinsing it under cold water for thirty seconds. Bring vegetable broth to a boil, then add quinoa.

2) Cook quinoa for 15-20 minutes, covered, until light and fluffy. Set aside.

3) Heat up a skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Cube tofu, then press lightly with a towel to gently squeeze out extra moisture. Add to hot olive oil.

4) Cook tofu until crispy and golden. Add broccoli to pan and add garlic and salt. Cover and steam until broccoli is tender.

5) Portion quinoa into bowls. Top with tofu and broccoli, then sprinkle with craisins and almonds.

Enjoy!

The Truth About Tofu

I know, I know… as soon as you saw tofu on the ingredients list, you probably said, “Ew!”

Few foods are as popularly disliked as tofu.

There *are* some people who love tofu… but if you aren’t vegan, you might not have even tried it.

Plus, there have been some news stories lately about the potential health dangers of tofu.

So, what’s the truth?

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First, one of the major health concerns about tofu is that it is a genetically modified food (GMO).

However, no studies have yet shown that GMOs can negatively affect human health.

Still, if you want to avoid GMOs, simply opt for an organic, non-GMO tofu brand. Problem solved!

Second, people have a problem with tofu’s taste (or lack thereof). And frankly, that all has to do with how you prepare it!

When you have a delicious recipe like this one… your tofu is going to have PLENTY of flavor and will fit right in with the rest of your yummy power bowl.

The other way it fits in with your power bowl is that tofu is PACKED with nutrients.

Just one 3.5-oz (100 gram) serving of tofu contains the following:

  • Protein (8 grams!)
  • Fiber
  • Manganese
  • Calcium
  • Selenium
  • Phosphorus
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
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That comes with just 70 calories, making tofu a very nutrient-dense food.

Furthermore, tofu has been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease… can lower your risk of certain types of cancer… reduce your risk of diabetes… and much more!

In fact, one study even found that it could help with weight loss.

So, whether you’ve never tried tofu… or tried it once and didn’t love it… try not to turn up your nose without giving it a shot.

You never know—you might end up loving its taste, versatility, AND health benefits!

Why Quinoa (And Protein, Really) Is The Star Of This Weight Loss-Friendly Recipe… 

You might have seen quinoa popping up in a lot of weight loss-friendly recipes lately.

And while yes, quinoa is GREAT for you (packed with fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and tons of other great vitamins & nutrients)…

One of the reasons it’s such a great food when you’re trying to lose weight is that it’s REALLY high in protein

In fact, just one cup of quinoa has 8 grams of protein. That’s more protein than in a whole egg!

Protein is really important when you’re trying to slim down because it helps keep you feeling full… so you don’t find yourself reaching for those unhealthy snack-packs of Oreos & cheddar crackers in between meals.

Plus, research has found that people who eat more protein actually burn more calories. 

In one particular study, people who increased their daily protein intake by only 15-30% burned an average of 441 MORE calories every day!

So, eat more protein, burn more fat!

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