Family Time, Quarantine & Power Bowls

Hey guys! So, I’ve been meaning to write a blog post for a while but life happens. During this time of quarantine my family and I are making the best of it and just enjoying each other’s company. I honestly am enjoying spending more time with my son who is growing so quickly! He’s 15 months old and has a lot to say and a big personality! 

I’m an essential worker but the days that I go into work have been reduced so I’m able to be home more often during the week.  It feels great to be home, spend time with family and get some stuff done around the house.

I realized that I haven’t posted anything for a while but I gave myself some grace, recognizing that my family life is more important. Yesterday after giving my son his nighttime bath,  I was on Instagram and my son kept swatting my phone away and saying “mom, MOM!!”. I kept doing what I was doing but then I looked up at him for a moment and realized that all he wants is my attention. I put my phone down and picked him up and he gave me a hug. I realized that my family shouldn’t have to compete with me and my screen time.

Bloggers, entrepreneurs & those working from home…You know how it is. I thought to myself, I can update my status or work on my social media content any other time… right now my son wants my attention- He wants to show/receive some affection.

It’s important to put things into perspective. For some blogging is more than a hobby, it’s their main source of income so I get it when the pressure is on to meet deadlines and to respond to emails. In the midst of our busy lives we should prioritize – Connecting, building/maintaining relationships & making memories are necessary… especially during these uncertain times.

I wrote a post a while back about being present. Be Present. (<– Take a read). Being present with and for my loved ones has become important to me even though I forget at times.  

One of the ways I love to be present for my family is through cooking & food. One of the things I love to share with you on my blog is Food. I love sharing food because it has a way of bringing people together.

I am in the process of collecting some recipes from family members, friends & co-workers because I want to have a recipe box filled with recipes from loved ones whom I’ve connected with over food or because of food.

My husband & I are foodies and we love trying new recipes. My husband tried the Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos I made and he loves it (click the link for the recipe πŸ™‚ ). He really wanted some for dinner one night, so I decided to make some but in a power bowl form. During quarantine it’s been a struggle at.times to maintain healthy eating habits but I have been more diligent with exercise. However, we all know that healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand if you want to see the best results.

I want to share the power bowl I made. I’ve been hearing a lot about power bowls and decided to give it a try. This is my second attempt at making one. Power bowls are great because there’s so many different components and it’s so versatile. As the name suggests there’s a lot of power packed foods and nutrients that you get in one bowl and its SOO filling! I’ve used the Cauliflower recipe from the link above, but I changed the sauce.

Here are some of the ingredients in my power bowl

  • Bulgur– I used Bob’s Red Mill Bulgur. Its very easy to cook in 12 minutes. Check out the health and nutrition benefits of Bulgur below.

Bulgur is an edible cereal grain made from dried, cracked wheat β€” most commonly durum wheat but also other wheat species. It is parboiled, or partially cooked, so that it can be prepared relatively quickly. When cooked, it has a similar consistency to couscous or quinoa… Bulgur is considered a whole grain… Bulgur is a particularly good source of manganese, magnesium and iron and also slightly lower in calories than other comparable whole grains, such as brown rice or quinoa
  • Oven baked sweet potatoes– I like to add spices & herbs such as: Cinnamon, Sea salt, Black pepper, Garlic powder, Thyme & Rosemary.
  • Sauteed broccoli & yellow sweet pepper– I added a little EVOO to a heated pan and added the brocolli & sweet pepper. Then I added a little water to steam the broccoli
  • Korean BBQ cauliflower bites– I used VH Korean BBQ sauce but i’m sure any brand is fine. You can change up the sauce- the possibilities are endless! Find the cauliflower bite recipe above stated as “Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos”

As I said before, power bowls are so versatile. Add flavors and ingredients to make it your own πŸ™‚ Tag me in your power bowl recipe… I’d love to see and perhaps try your spin on it.

Stay safe,

Tiyana ❀

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