Sweet Potato Boats with Bulgur Wheat Salad – A super healthy and Balanced Meal
Healthy eating, what is healthy eating? You can see this title everywhere these days. In the supermarket’s weekly brochures, in school projects and much more. There is a correlation usually implied between Healthy Eating and dieting, I would like to highlight here that dieting is not healthy eating, dieting is a program we tend to go on for the purpose of losing weight or to be healed or for the sake of feeling in control. Healthy eating on the other hand is a lifestyle choice we make. A choice to eat healthy, to buy healthy and feed our family healthily. It is a lifestyle. It is eating food that has the ‘essential nutrients’ the body needs and taking out the anti-nutrients. Anti-nutrients are those food that rob out your body of it’s essential micro-nutrients. The ultimate adversaries that everyone should avoid. This healthy eating might sound like a lot of work and yes it is a little work involved but a little planning goes a long way.
Planning, preparing and eating a healthy and complete meal is not difficult. The difficult part is actually changing our ways, our own little routines that we have. If you want to get on a healthy eating boat you will have to adapt to the cold breeze and big waves. But at the end you will have a joyful and sweet memory that you can look back on and cherish.
Start from scratch, bring variety by eating fruits and vegetables that you have never cooked with before.
These Sweet Potato Boats with Bulgar Wheat and Cranberry Stuffing are a perfect example. Pick your ingredients carefully and make a fancy looking meal. Roasted or steamed sweet potatoes are not only a healthy starch but also packed with other vitamins and minerals. If you don’t have time or energy to cook everyday this dish can be prepared in advance and eaten all week if stored correctly. Steam some sweet potatoes and cook enough bulgur wheat for a couple of days and put them in the fridge. Just before eating you can add some salad leaves and a simple dressing with salt pepper and olive oil. You’ll have a well-balanced meal and most importantly you won’t go hungry.
If you have the time and you want to go a bit fancy you can make sweet potato boats by scrapping the sweet potato pulp off the skin. Keep a thick layer all round the skin so it holds together in the boat shape.
Once the bulgur wheat is cold you can add the sweet potatoes mash the you’ve removed.
Mix them through and you’ll have a balanced salad with protein from the bulgar wheat, starch and vitamin E from the sweet potatoes. Moreover, In 100 grams of spinach you can can get 140 mcg of your daily requirement of Folic Acid (200mcg) and IRON, Co-enzyme Q10 which increases exercise tolerance and boosts immunity. Sunflower oil has vitamin E, Iron and Calcium and are a good source of ‘essential oils’ that are effective for a healthy heart, thinning the blood, improving sleep, reducing inflammation and relieving depression. So now you know how to balance your daily meal with all the nutrients needed for a functional body and mind.
Stuff the sweet potato boats with the Bulgur wheat or eat them separately, it’s your choice, whatever comes easy to you. But in whatever you do stay close to nature, real food and respect your body.
Sweet Potato Boats with Bulgur Wheat and Cranberry Stuffing
Sweet potatoes roasted or steamed
Bulgar wheat boiled
sunflower and pumpkin seeds
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
- Remove the sweet potato pulp. ( leave a thick layer if making boats)
- Allow the Bulgar wheat and the sweet potatoes to cool down then mix them together.
- Add the baby spinach, seeds and the cranberries.Mix all
- Drizzle some olive oil
- Season with salt and pepper
- Stuff the sweet potato skin and serve