Protein Bowl {vegan, dairy & gluten free}

By , On April 29th, 2015, In: Breakfast, Dairy Free, Egg Free, FreeDiet™- phase 2, Lunch/Dinner, Nut Free, Vegan

6-8 Servings ~ 30
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  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 mango
  • 1 purple or sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • handful kale
  • handful of fresh mint or cilantro
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. chopped ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1 lime

Have you ever wondered why all of those paleo people don’t like to eat grains?  There is much science behind their philosophy but not everyone agrees with it {imagine that}.  To eat grains or not to eat grains, that is the big health question of the year!

Such a quandary can put the brain into a dizzy tizzy.  Which in fact, is one reason many people don’t eat grains {the tizzy part}. If you have ever heard the term “grain brain” it refers to the negative effects grains can have on the brain.

Dr. Perlmutter, who is a renowned neurologist, actually wrote the book “Grain Brain” to share the medical literature on how grains can contribute to dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression and much more.

It is a big claim to make but one that we personally have seen in full force at our Natural Medicine Clinic as health has been restored in hundreds of patients following these concepts.  However, often times there are other factors and a personalized health plan is needed.

The most common results we hear from those patients that need to go on a  grain free diet are that brain fog, memory and energy levels have dramatically changed for the better!  It is a worthy book to read that might just change your life!



Since my daughter and husband have gluten sensitivities, we do not cook with any wheat or white flour.  In general, we also limit the “so called gluten free” grains we eat like the occasional organic baked corn/rice chips, millet & rice breads,  or rice pasta as well.  I say “so called gluten free” because there is research that shows all grains can effect the body negatively, like mentioned in Dr. Perlmutter’s book.

So you might be asking about this recipe using quinoa. Quinoa is a seed that is harvested from a species of  plant called “goosefoot” which kind of perked my interest. Does it really look like a goose foot?  Well in fact it does or I should say they can if you look at the leaves just so {wink wink}.

Quinoa is a seed officially because it part of a group of pseudocereals.  Don’t let the “cereals” part in that long word confuse you because it is neither a cereal or a grain.  It actually is more closely related to beets and spinach.  Quinoa is a great alternative to grains and it gives you a full cessation like a starch would but the verdict is that it is not paleo. The paleo lifestyle has helped many but it often is modified to meet the individuals needs.

This is one delicious and simple meal in a bowl that gives you “it all” in good balance!  Between the good fats and proteins from the hemp and quinoa to the vitamins  and minerals in the kale and red pepper, this is nutritionally a dream come true!



Protein Bowl {vegan, dairy & gluten free}
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Serves: 6-8
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 purple or sweet potato
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • handful kale
  • handful of fresh mint or cilantro
  • 6 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. chopped ginger
  • 1½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ⅛ tsp ground cayenne
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 lime
  • Gomasio roasted sesame seeds *optional
  1. Follow the directions on cooking the quinoa but add chopped ginger & cloves of garlic to water.
  2. As the quinoa is cooking, cut potato into small pieces and boil (in a separate pot) until firmly soft.
  3. Cut the kale finely, add 1 tbsp coconut oil and sauté it for a few minutes with the hemp seeds.
  4. Chop herbs, red pepper and mango adding it into a bowl big enough for all the ingredients.
  5. Pour cooked potato (drained from water) and quinoa into the big bowl and add salt, cumin and cayenne. Toss well.
  6. Garnish with Gomasio roasted sesame seeds and a squeeze of lime.
This dish is packed with nutrition. It is a well rounded meal all in one because of the special ingredients like hemp seeds that add good proteins and fats for a simple and delicious dinner! I add extra hemp seeds into my serving if I choose to eat this as my main meal. I have purchased the Gomasio at Whole Foods but it simply is roasted sesame seeds with sea salt. If you love spicy use a heavy hand with the cayenne. Otherwise it is considered mildly spicy. Please use organic when you can.

With a Spoonful of Health,


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