Are you feeling like your mind is racing like crazy? Do you feel like you need to focus, but feel like you’re getting pulled in every direction? Are you feeling hungry all the time, but you’re craving carbs and the sweet stuff? Do you want to feel more energy and focus with the food you eat while crowding out your unhealthy cravings? As a child, I ate candy and junk food almost every day and it was a constant cycle all the way up until the end of college. When I started learning about different foods and how they can affect your energy, I learned about how root vegetables are very grounding. Think about the connection of how the veggies grow from the ground and we are connected to the Earth. When we eat these veggies, we also feel the connection from the energy they provide us. When we are more connected, we can be more focused and grounded. Other veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets are other great veggies that improve focus while getting a plethora of vitamins and minerals from different colors of veggies. Include all different colors of veggies to get lots of polyphenols. Ditch the Skittles and taste the rainbow with my Roasted Root Veggie Chickpea Buddha Bowl!
- 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed/drained/patted dry
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 2 small carrots, chopped
- 1 medium sized beet, peeled and cubed
- 1 small sweet onion, chopped
- 1 8 oz container of portobello mushrooms, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
** Note: Feel free to add as many veggies as you’d like, but these are the ones I added. Other great veggies I’ve used are broccoli, cauliflower, and kale (not pictured).
For The Sauce:
- ½ cup of vegetable broth (I choose something organic or from Trader Joe’s, which are gluten-free)
- 4 T. miso paste
- ½ cup liquid aminos
- 2 T. rice vinegar
- 1 T. Korean Gochujang sauce
- Sesame Seeds for topping
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
2) While the oven is preheating, prepare the chickpeas and put them on a baking sheet.
3) Mix all the ingredients of your sauce
4) Drizzle some olive oil on the chick peas as well as some of the sauce. Feel free to add as much or as little as you’d like. Shake the pan around to make sure all the chick peas are evenly coated.
5) Chop your veggies and prepare on a separate baking sheet also drizzled in olive oil. Pour some more sauce here. Make sure to save some for topping after they are all done.
6) Put in the oven for 30-35 minutes stirring once after 20 minutes to avoid sticking/burning. Cook until the veggies are soft and chick peas are golden brown if they are not done after 30-35 minutes.
7) When everything is all done, combine the veggies and chick peas into a bowl. Top with more sauce and sesame seeds.
Looking for more recipes to help crowd out your unhealthy cravings? Comment below or PM me to see how I can help do that for you!