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  • Roasted Vegetable Power Bowl

Roasted Vegetable Power Bowl

Posted on February 27, 2017

This post was originally published here on January 26, 2015. I’ve since updated the photographs and text. Because let’s be honest, the photographs weren’t that great before!

This is the kind of salad I want to eat every damn day. Forever and ever. Until I’m old and cranky (crankier?) and my teeth are falling out. And then at that point, I’ll just toss the entire thing into my blender and turn it into a smoothie bowl.

But seriously, I’ve been eating this Roasted Vegetable Power Bowl (or some very similar version of it) everyday for lunch for the past couple of weeks. It’s one of those salads that doesn’t really feel like a salad. It’s substantial and hearty. And it won’t leave you feeling deprived. In fact, the only reason you’ll be left wanting more is because it’s so gosh darn delicious. Second helpings are highly encouraged.

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I’ve written the recipe out below so it makes two servings. But what I actually do in real life is roast up a whole mess of vegetables at the beginning of the week, cook up a big pot of quinoa and make a big jar of the tahini dressing. Then I can assemble one of these bowls at a moments notice anytime throughout the week. Because when hunger strikes, you want to be ready and willing to strike back.

Sometimes I switch out the sweet potatoes for butternut squash. Or substitute cauliflower for the broccoli. You can also use brown rice as a base instead of the quinoa. Oh and a few slices of avocado never hurt anyone. Basically, it’s a choose your own adventure kind of situation. You can build these bowl in any which way to suit your tastes preferences (and to accommodate whatever you might have lingering in your crisper drawer!).

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I try to keep the vegetables somewhat separated on the baking sheet so the color of the beets doesn’t bleed into everything. But it’s not really necessary. Unless of course you want to snap a dope photo and Instagram that shit. Then by all means, be a little fussy with those vegetables.

Cheers,

Liz

Roasted Vegetable Power Bowl

Serves 2

Roasted Vegetable Power Bowl

Ingredients

  • For the Salad
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 small beets, trimmed, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

  • For the Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the cubed sweet potato with 1-2 tsp. of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Transfer to one side of a large rimmed baking sheet. In the same bowl, now season the cubed beets with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add these to the same rimmed baking sheet, but keep them separate from the sweet potatoes so the color of the beets doesn’t bleed into the sweet potatoes. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated over and roast for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli florets to the same bowl and season with olive oil, salt and pepper in the same manner as you did for the sweet potatoes and beets. After 10 minutes, add the broccoli florets to the baking sheet with the sweet potatoes and beets (keeping them spaced away from the beets) and then return your baking sheet to your oven for another 10 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the oven and set aside.
  4. While the vegetables are roasting, make the dressing. In a small bowl stir together all of the ingredients until smooth. You can add a tablespoon of water to thin the dressing, if you prefer.
  5. To assemble the bowls, divide the lettuce evenly between two bowls. Then top with the roasted vegetables, cooked quinoa, almonds and cilantro, dividing all the ingredients evenly between the two bowls. Drizzle with the dressing. Serve immediately.
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  • Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Posted on January 5, 2017
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Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is off to a wonderful start for everyone.

I must say, this first week of January has been pretty good to me. I’m feeling more rested and relaxed than usual. And I may have even detected a small “spring in my step” the other day when I was out walking my dog. I guess I was anxious (and long overdue) for a bit of a reset.

In general, I always love this time of year. Christmas is safely behind us (remember that I’m a big Scrooge!). And everything seems sparkly and fresh. And while I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions (I find they cause me unnecessary stress and anxiety), I was prompted by a friend to set three words of intention for 2017, and I decided to give that a go. It’s a seemingly simple task, but it did force me to pause and think about what I would like to achieve going forward into the New Year.

So my three words for 2017 are: create, peace, present.

What are your intentions for 2017? If you have three words you’d like to set, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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So…let’s talk about this Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup. YOU GUYS it’s so freaking good. I made a giant pot last week and I didn’t share it with anyone. I greedily ate it all by myself. And I reveled in the fact that I didn’t have to cook for several nights. I was in heaven.

This soup is full to the brim with delicious seasonal vegetables, nourishing ingredients and all the feel good vibes you can handle. It’s a great way to kick off the New Year. And trust me, you won’t feel deprived one bit. I’m totally digging it. And I know you will be too.

To make this minestrone soup recipe all cozy for winter, I used butternut squash and fennel in place of the usual carrots and celery. Then I added in a couple big handfuls of dark, leafy kale and lots of fresh herbs to keep things bright. I stuck with the more traditional ditalini and white beans, but you could certainly use any small-ish pasta and/or beans that you like. It’s all good in my book.

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This recipe calls for a large jar of tomato Passata, which is an uncooked tomato purée that has been strained of the seeds and skins. Look for tomato Passata in your grocery store, located next to the other jarred/canned tomato products. Canned tomato purée is cooked and usually not strained, so it’s not an exact substitute. But you could probably use it in a pinch, if necessary. The other option would be to purchase canned whole tomatoes, then run them through your food processor or blender and strain them to achieve a smooth consistency.

This soup recipe itself is dairy free. I do like to shred some Parmesan cheese on top to finish the dish for serving. However, if you’re going dairy free, just leave that part out. Easy peasy!

I’m sharing this Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup recipe today as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday series. That’s right! You can make this gorgeous, satisfying soup in only 30 minutes! Just be sure to use a big pot for increased surface area and faster cooking. And keep the vegetables small and uniform so they cook up quickly and evenly. And before you go, check out the links below to see the other #30MinuteThursday recipes created by some of my blogging buddies!

Cheers,

Liz

Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Serves about 6

Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced fennel
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (24.5 ounce) jar tomato Passata (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini pasta
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups thinly sliced kale leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped and divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. Warm the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the butternut squash, onion and fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes. If the pot is getting dry, you can add an additional tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in the garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and black pepper and cook for 2 minutes more.
  2. Add the vegetable broth and Passata. Use the water to rinse out the Passata jar and add it to the pot. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the ditalini according to the package instructions until it’s al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. Add the cannellini beans, sliced kale and 3/4 cups of the chopped parsley to the soup and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the cooked ditalini and lemon juice. Taste and adjust the soup for salt and black pepper.
  5. Ladle the hot soup into bowls. Top with some of the reserved parsley and a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.
  6. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days. The soup will thicken oven time. You can add additional vegetable broth to thin the soup when re-heating it, if desired.
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