The other night was one of those crazy-hectic-crazy-I-have-no-time-to-make-dinner kind of a nights.  I spent a couple of minutes looking through the recipes that I have posted on my site and found one I liked…BUT I didn’t have the ingredients.  Next thing I knew I’m doing my own thing with 4+1 kids running around my legs.  This took me literally less than 10 minutes from start to finish (with some helpful shortcuts that didn’t compromise nutritional value).

Vegetable Teriyaki
Serves 4
A delicious, fast and healthy teriyaki bowl that will leave you wishing you had doubled the recipe (seriously, double the recipe!)
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 3 bell peppers (time crunch: use frozen pre-cut peppers)
  2. 1 15oz can of chick peas, rinsed and drained (if you have time used dried cooked chick peas)
  3. 1 bag pre-washed spinach
  4. 1 bag microwaveable brown rice (available at Trader Joe's) (if you have time use dried cooked rice)
  5. 1 tablespoon flax oil (optional)
For the sauce
  1. 6 tablespoons tamari
  2. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  3. 1 tablespoon kelp granules (optional)
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  5. 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  6. juice from 1/2 lemon
  1. Sauté peppers and chick peas on low-medium heat.
  2. Cook microwaveable brown rice per instructions. If you are making dried rice prepare in advance based on instructions.
  3. Prepare sauce by combining all ingredients in a bowl and whisking.
  4. Add rice, spinach and sauce to sauté.
  5. Serve on a bed of greens.
  1. It is always great to cook your chick peas or other beans from scratch because it improves the digestibility. We are all busy and sometimes can't, be ok with that. Same with the brown rice and frozen veggies, we lose minimal if any nutritional value by choosing these options and they can make meal time healthier when we may turn to a more unhealthy option in a time crunch.
The Holistic You
 I know…can you believe that I used frozen vegetables and microwaveable rice?  Honestly, this is new to me.  I just discovered the organic brown rice at Trader Joe’s (after a friend told me about it) and while I was looking for the rice I found the frozen veggies.  This really has made my busy life easier.  Research suggests that for both frozen veggies you lose little nutritional value and some nutrients are increased.  My philosophy is, if the frozen veggies and rice get you eating healthier alternatives it is better than not eating it all!  



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