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Thai Rice Bowls

Buddha bowls are a super trendy thing now.  The name for this grain based bowls inspired by Buddhist monks and nuns, have been eating this way for over two thousand years.   I'm feeling grateful for this super healthy, balanced meal inspiration, which always offers a colorful balance of plants, additional fiber, healthy fats and protein!

 
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What You'll Need:

For the dressing:
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
2 1/2 Tbsp all natural peanut butter (no Jiff here guys, like for real)
1 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
squeeze Sriracha

1 block tofu, sliced lengthwise and pressed*
2 c cooked brown rice
1 sweet bell pepper, diced
2 c cabbage, thinly sliced (use purple cabbage to make this plate pop even more!)
1 c fresh cilantro, chopped
2 c lettuce greens, chopped


1/4 c peanuts


*Press tofu by layering on a plate: tea towel, tofu, tea towel, something heavy-ish. Allow it it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes, or even overnight in the refrigerator.


Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

Prepare and arrange ingredients in a large bowl or dinner plate.  Drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with peanuts, and DIVE IN!

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Serves 4.

Black Bean Soup

This recipe comes together quickly with things on hand, and warms the soul! 

 
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What You'll Need:

olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small red onion, minced

1/2 tsp sea salt
1 sweet bell pepper, diced

4 c veggie broth
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
Juice of 1 lime

1/2 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp turmeric

Optional Fixins:

Sheep's milk feta
Diced avocado
Greek yogurt
Fresh cilantro


Saute onion and garlic with olive oil in a soup pot until aromatic. Add bell pepper and salt, cook an additional 2 minutes.

Add beans, broth and lime juice. Bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, mix spices in a small bowl.

Lower liquid to a simmer, add spices, cook an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, remove bay leaf. Pulse using an immersion blender (this was the best investment ever, FYI), or transfer to a blender or food processor to desired consistency.

Top with desired fixins. ENJOY!


Serves 5.

Cauliflower Nachos

Just when you thought cauliflower couldn't be more magical...

 
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What You'll Need:

1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

juice of 1 lime

1 Tbsp taco seasoning (find an easy peasy homemade recipe here!)

1-2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil

3/4 c raw cheddar cheese, shredded from the block

 

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halfed

1 sweet or purple onion, minced 

1 sweet bell pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno, minced

 

Fixins:

1 c fresh cilantro, chopped

1 avocado, cubed

Few dollops of organic, whole milk Greek yogurt

Salsa


Preheat oven to 425*

Toss cauliflower in avocado or olive oil + taco seasoning + lime juice, spread on baking dish

Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until it begins to lightly brown

Meanwhile, prep veggies and beans

Top roasted cauliflower with beans, veggies & cheese.  Return to the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

Serve sprinkled with fixins.  Share with a friend!


Serves 2.