There have only been a few cookbooks that have been published where I think, wow this is almost the exact cookbook that would come out of my brain at this moment, and Healthier Together is one of them. My (internet) friend Liz created the perfect health-ier/healthy-ish book, with recipes that take all of your favorite dishes and make them just a little bit better for you. From “The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies” which, if you follow me on IG stories, you know, I’ve become obsessed with, to the kale salad with Kombucha dressing (!!!!) She literally is making all of my dreams come true with this cookbook.
The focus of the book is plants, about 80% of the book is vegetarian(ish), and 20% of the dishes have meat (with vegan or veg options!) And all of the recipes are for two!!!! So you don’t have to deal with a ton of leftovers. I’m currently not in a partnership, so it’s great to have a serving now and a serving for tomorrow, without drowning in leftovers. But this book is truly perfect for couples who wanna eat healthier at home. It’s motivating and inspiring and delicious and some of the recipes come with a breakdown of how to split the cooking duties.
I’m truly so obsessed. (Can you tell?)
I chose to share this Mexican Street Corn & Quinoa Bowl because it hits that ready in under-30 sweet spot. I love it as a vegetarian meal, but you could add some grilled chicken or shrimp to it and go wild! Liz doesn’t say to eat this meal with chips and beer, but I HIGHLY recommend. What could be better? Obvi beer isn’t healthy, but that’s what you’re eating quinoa for. (lol.)
Aside from the quinoa, this Mexican street corn bowl isn’t loaded with mayo and cheese – instead it has a hummus-based sauce that is packed with flavor, but provides that same creamy, rich deliciousness you love in Mexican street corn. It’s genius.
Now that I’ve ranted and raved enough, please go and buy the book. You will love it so much.
Recipe reprinted from Healthier Together : Recipes for Two- Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships by Liz Moody with permission from the author.
Mexican Street Corn & Quinoa Bowl
This Mexican Street Corn & Quinoa Bowl is an easy 30-minute meal for two, with all the flavor you love, but made healthier with a hummus-based cream sauce!
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp plain hummus, at room temperature
- 1 tsp chili powder, plus more for garnish
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 tbsp ghee, melted
- 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed (sub 2 ears of corn, kernels sliced from the cobs)
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, to garnish
- 1 green onion, what and light green parts only, roughly chopped
Rinse the quinoa well. Combine the quinoa and vegetable broth in a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove the pot from the heat, uncover, and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the hummus, chili powder, garlic, 2 tablespoons of ghee, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and nutritional yeast until smooth and creamy.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until both are golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the quinoa, lime juice and zest, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and toss to combine well.
Divide the mixture evenly between 2 bowls, then top with the hummus mixture. Garnish with cilantro, green onion, and a sprinkle of chili powder.
In the spirit of being Healthier Together, I want to tell you about all of the people who my journey to healthier wouldn’t be possible without. After all, what are we without the support of others?
To my mother, when I came to you – nearly four years ago – a broken and incredibly lost girl dealing with an eating disorder, you swooped in with all the support I could ever ask for. You found me the right therapists. You waited for me to be able to talk. You have been my greatest cheerleader though my healing process, and I’ll never thank you enough for that.
To Britt, you showed me it was possible to be a girl in the world who loved herself. You showed me what it was to eat without restriction. You taught me how to value treating myself. You have been a constant to me through the WHOLE journey, even when I was awful and mean because I was hungry all the time. So thank you.
To my sweet sister, thank you for being a safe place to vent when mom and dad were triggering me. Thank you for also working through your issues, so I could watch how resilient a human could be. Thank you for teaching me just how important and sacred mental health is. I hope I can help protect your brain as much as you’ve bolstered mine.
To Shayna, you’ve been a safe place for me to voice my hard days. You’ve been a champion of my healing process, while walking side by side with me to a healing place. We’ve been in the trenches together, and I’m so honored to have made it to the other side with you.
To the spirit of my grandma, Peggy Sue, you taught me what it was to own a kitchen – controlling every element to pure perfection. You taught me how to feed a crowd. You taught me that one woman could be the boss of a space in such a quiet way. You are still with me in the kitchen, every day. I hope I am making you proud.
To Lily, you’ve taught me what it is to be truly free in the kitchen. You’ve taught me how to spice, and save, and savor. My food is better because of you. My home is happier because of you.
To Kimber Simpkins, your workshop truly changed my relationship to my body. Little did I know at that dark time, that one day your healing words would become my mantra on good and bad days. I think about so many of those lessons regularly. I am honored to have learned from you.
To Madeleine, watching your healing process has been incredibly inspiring. I am in awe of the strides that you have taken to a mentally and physically healthy life. I love watching you use all of that gained knowledge and strength to empower others.
To my blogging sisters, thank you for your recipes, your stories, your encouragement, your wisdom, your creativity. You all have given to me in endless amounts. I’ll never be able to repay you.
To the endless humans who have listened to my story and trusted me with your own, thank you. I am healed by your vulnerability. I am healed by your openness. I am humbled by your willingness. So thank you. Yes, you. xo.