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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Roasted Buddha Bowl

I love bowls.  They make the easiest meals and the clean up is even easier.  There is something comforting and homey about cozying up and eating lunch or dinner out of a bowl.  I love this recipe from Oh She Glows (she had me at the name - I am a sucker for Buddhas...).  She makes a cream cashew-based lemon tahini sauce (OMG - I am salivating), and combines it with roasted chickpeas, cauliflower, broccoli.  This is today's lunch for sure!  Get the recipe below or click here to go to the original post on her site.

Ingredients (3-4 servings)
    For roasting and serving
    • 1 head broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
    • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces
    • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or one 15-oz can)
    • 1 tbsp Oil, divided
    • Salt & Pepper
    • Cooked grains, for serving (optional)
    For the dressing
    • ½ cup cashews, soaked
    • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp tahini
    • 1 large garlic clove
    • ¼ tsp fine grain sea salt
    • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
    • 6 tbsp water, or as needed to thin out
    • 1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water overnight or for 8 hours. For a quick-soak method, pour boiling water over cashews and let sit in the bowl for at least 45 minutes.
    • 2. Preheat oven to 400F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
    • 3. Place chopped broccoli and cauliflower onto one baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tsp oil and mix with hands until coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.
    • 4. Place a couple paper towels on the other baking sheet and spread out the drained and rinsed chickpeas. Place 2 more paper towels on top and roll the chickpeas around until completely dry. Drizzle with 1 tsp oil and roll around the chickpeas with your hands until they are all coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    • 5. Roast the broccoli, cauliflower and chickpeas for 15 minutes at 400F. After 15 minutes, give the chickpea pan a gentle shake to roll them around in the pan. Roast both pans for another 10-15 minutes or until the broccoli and cauliflower are cooked through and the chickpeas are golden in colour.
    • 6. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by adding all dressing ingredients into a blender and blending on high speed until smooth.
    • 7. When the vegetables and chickpeas are ready, remove from oven and place into a large mixing bowl. Add your desired amount of dressing on top and toss until coated. Season to taste. Serve over a warm bed of grains with more dressing drizzled on top.