Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl

It’s no surprise that I love veggies.  I’ve been going on and on about my love affair since forever.  Now that I’m eating 90% vegan, I am even more intrigued by the versatility of vegetables.  At the moment this Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl is my new favourite.

Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl

Going Vegan is hard.

It has been a hard process. You can read about our initial switch here and here. Let me tell you upfront, if you have been living off of animal products for most of your life, the switch is nothing short of impossible…If I can give any advice, it would be to take it easy.

 

Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl

 

Transition into your plant-based diet slowly.  Try and get used to the fact that you need to manage your time way more efficiently and planning, prepping and execution is crucial. Don’t think you can skip cooking yourself a proper lunch to just grab something at woolies.  The options are limited and most of the time, convenient foods are full of preservatives and added salt or sugar.

Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl

 

It’s all about balance.

You have to be clever.  Read, explore and educate yourself.  You need to balance your carbs, fats and proteins.  Don’t think you can live of smoothie bowls and peanut butter toast for the rest of your vegan years. Plants offer all your basic nutritional requirements, but you need to include an array of veggies, fruits and legumes from a – z to get optimum macro nutrients.

Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl

Bowl yourself over.

Today’s recipe is also such a versatile concept.  Veggie bowls aren’t new, but we’ve seen it jump straight up on the trend scale that we simply have to explore it more closely.

I’m happy I did! Again, make sure you prep your ingredients beforehand – that’s what your Sunday is for people.  I decided to make my veggie bowl with spicy maple roasted sweet potato wedges, a couscous and spinach pilau, tomato salsa and a gorgeous avocado rose.

 

Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl

Whatever you choose to put into your bowl, you will feel great and you will nourish your body like you won’t believe.  Most important, choose real and whole ingredients with minimal processing and make a conscious effort to know what you put in your body.  If you need more Sweet Potato recipe inspiration, have a look at this roundup I did a couple of weeks ago – I’m sure we can make them vegan! Have a great week!

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Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl
An easy vegan veggie bowl with maple roasted sweet potato wedges, couscous and spinach pilau, tomato salsa and an avocado rose.
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Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 40 min
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Course lunch
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 40 min
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  1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius, place the sweet potato wedges in an oven safe baking tray.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil, spices and maple syrup. Roast until tender for 40 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan, heat the next bit of olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until translucent.
  4. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Add the cooked couscous and mix through in the pan. Remove and set aside.
  5. Cut the tomatoes fine and mix with the chili flakes. Set aside.
  6. Place each half of avocado facing down (pit side down) and slice fine lengthwise. Use your fingers to lengthen the avo into a long line, working from on end - through the middle - to the other end. Roll the avo from one end into a circle, making a shape of a rose.
  7. Build your veggie bowl by adding sweet potato wedges, couscous and spinach pilau, tomato salsa and your avo rose. Top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and serve.
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