It's no secret that it's part of NYCN's motto to make sure you're always eating a rainbow, and this recipe is the perfect example of that! A mixture of vegetables, healthy carbohydrates and protein make this dish nutritionist approved, and it tastes good too!
This recipe can be easily adapted; you can substitute the vegetables for whatever you have in your fridge, and you can also use any other protein.
This recipe contains spinach, which is a leafy green packed with vitamins and minerals, and contains tons of iron. Iron is a mineral that carries oxygen into red blood cells, allowing the body to produce energy. It's important to get enough iron in your diet in order to avoid iron deficiency, also known as anaemia, which leaves you feeling fatigued and weak.
The shrimp is the protein component here, although this element can be substituted to suit your fancy. Protein is a required food group and is necessary for a healthy diet. It is needed to allow the body to make and repair cells, and many parts of our bodies are made of protein.
Tahini is sesame seed paste, commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking to make hummus. It has many health benefits, including fiber, which is great for a healthy digestive tract. It works great in this recipe as a yummy dressing!
The purple cabbage is a great source of vitamins and calcium, is anti-inflammatory, and stimulates detoxifying enzymes. It also adds a delicious crunch!
The cabbage and carrots in this recipe are on the Environmental Working Groups' (EWG) Clean 15 list, which means they are safe to buy from the grocery store without seeking out their organic counterparts as they are likely to be free from pesticides. However, the spinach is on EWG's Dirty Dozen list, meaning it contains pesticides and should therefore be bought organic where possible.
Rainbow Shrimp Bowl
Total time: 10 mins
6 medium shrimp, grilled
½ cup brown rice, cooked
2 cups spinach
¼ cup carrots, shredded
¼ cup purple cabbage, shredded
¼ pickled onions*
1 teaspoon ginger, grated (optional)
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1- 2 tablespoons tahini sauce
*Alternatively, you can make these at home using this recipe.
Combine all ingredients into a bowl, dress with sauce. Enjoy!