Meatless Monday – #2 Coconut Quinoa Bowl

Coconut Quinoa Bowl

There is that awkward time in January once the dates acquire double digit that it’s no longer New Year. Double digit January dates are the well meaning toddlers bumping into corners and crying loudly whenever they bump into a New Year resolution and accidentally breaks it or sat. In the normal course of a year these awkward, but promising toddlers will turn into the tired, annoyed and overweight adult wondering where the year had gone.

I’m trying to break the cycle, by cunningly not trying to make any New Years resolutions, but try to maintain some healthy habits as part of my routine. Part of this was inspired by my 365 days on Instagram last year. I started the project at a low point in my life, where I just felt drained and it was difficult to appreciate the silver lining in life. Without being too prescriptive, my #365 days was based on anything that made me smile for the day. It could be the sunset, a cupcake or my cat, as long as whatever I saw made me smile and realise that life is amazing. Over the course of the year, it dawned on me that I am more likely to find these moments outside of the office. A walk around the block, taking time to meet up with friends and doing things I love, but have forgotten is enough to rebalance me back.

So this year, like every other well meaning individuals I am going to exercise more, eat healthy and sleep properly. I’ve also joined the Whole Life Challenge  to kick start all these habits properly. It’s only day 3, but I am hopeful.

So what is the Whole Life Challenge, as they put it:

The Whole Life Challenge works by identifying the areas that almost everyone wants to change, and then making a daily game out of creating new habits in each of those areas. The game is designed around the five key areas that every person can identify with. Relying on their more than forty years of combined personal coaching experience, the founders created a system of play focused on implementing new habits in each of the five key areas.

With that today’s recipe comes from the beautiful 101 cookbooks. Please refer to the blog for the recipe and I encourage you to visit regularly. If you are not going through a pure paleo diet, I definitely recommend adding haloumi and a dash of tabasco to the dish. The only modification I did was to halve the amount of quinoa required. 3 cups is just too much even for 4 people.


3 cups cooked quinoa – recommend 1.5 cups

1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1-2 medium garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

6-7 large kale leaves, destemmed & shredded

1 lemon
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
edible flowers (optional)

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