This recipe welcomes the new year with nourishing meal-in-a-bowl filled with lean proteins, grains, and winter vegetables. A creamy tahini sauce adds richness to the dish as it pulls all the flavors together.
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Winter Nourish Bowl
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1/2 cup green lentils
- 1 tsp sea salt (divided)
- 1 medium-to-large sweet potato (diced)
- 1 head broccoli (chopped into bite-sized florets)
- 2 shallots (chopped)
- 1/2 T olive oil
- 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup sesame tahini
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cups of spinach
- 1 avocado (diced and sprinkled with salt)
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Rinse rice and lentils in a strainer. Place in a medium saucepan with three cups of water and 1/2 tsp sea salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
- Add the sweet potato and another 1/2 cup of water. Cook another 15 to 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft.
- Meanwhile, place broccoli and shallots on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, or until broccoli is crisp and begins to brown.
- Whisk together parsley, tahini, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic, 1/2 tsp sea salt, and ground pepper to make dressing. Adjust salt to taste, if needed.
- Per bowl, place one cup of spinach on one side, and the lentil, grain, and sweet potato pilaf on the other side. Place broccoli and shallots on top of the spinach, and avocado on top of the grains. Drizzle dressing on top. Repeat with remaining bowls. Serve.
You may wish to replace the sweet potato with a non-starchy vegetable such as yellow pepper. You can roast it with the ravioli.
Adapted from Today's Dietician Jan, 2015