Life has been very slow lately. I think it must be this time of year and changing season that has slowed me down. I’m not complaining, in fact I quite like it. It’s given me a chance to really practice my yoga, spend time with my kids and bake a lot of loafs of bread, mainly these pumpkin and banana breads. I’m obsessed with them at the moment and they’ve both been amazing recipes, even when making new alterations that I’ve also added to the notes. Winter hasn’t set in yet but I’m prepared for when it does. Between easy vegetable bowls, like the one I’m sharing here which can work for lunch or dinner, and my breads, that I eat in the morning and as a snack or dessert, I’m ready for the cooler months to come. And if you’re anything like me…you’ll appreciate the simplicity and beauty of this roasted nourish bowl. Late last spring I shared this Everyday Nourish Bowl which is full of fresh vegetables. I thought it’d be a good idea to have a roasted version here too so you can get an idea of, and be tempted by, all the goodness it has to offer. Even in the cooler months, the freshness of the everyday nourish bowl would be great. But really the roasted version is so delicious and perfect for the cooler months. Enjoy every bite…be warm and nourished!
Simply chop your veggies, add them and your beans to a roasting pan, toss in a little oil (or not), add a little salt & pepper and roast. Once done your vegetables should be nice and browned on the edges and fork tender. Feel free to use more or less of the vegetables I have listed. If you can’t get them all in that’s ok, a various few of the veggies called for will be enough. You can also change up the beans if you like, maybe use another white bean like cannellini or great northern. Other beans have slightly more protein and fiber than chickpeas so if you’re looking to get the most protein I’d suggest changing them up.
Makes a perfect complete meal once you add a grain like quinoa and some fresh spinach. A nice big dollop of hummus and you’re all set for a hearty, nutrient dense meal. So much to love about bountiful nourish bowls!
ROASTED NOURISH BOWL
- 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large sweet potato, cut into 3/4″ cubes
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups brussles sprouts, halved or quartered
- 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
- 1/2 large red onion, sliced
- 6 serrano chilis, sliced in half and de-seeded
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas or 1 can (15oz) drained and rinsed
- 1 – 2 lemons, cut into six pieces
- mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 5 oz. spinach
- 1 – 2 avocados
- big dollop of hummus
- red pepper flakes, to garnish
- hemp hearts, to garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Prepare vegetables: remove any unsightly spots on the sweet potato skins before cubing, peel the carrots if needed and half or quarter the brussels sprouts depending on the size.Place vegetables, chickpeas and lemon in a large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. Toss with oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Roast for 40 – 45 minutes, stirring half way through. Vegetables should be slightly browned on the edges and fork tender. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes. If you have a favorite herb or herb blend, you may consider adding a dash or two before roasting.
In individual bowls, serve vegetables with 1/3 cup quinoa, handful of spinach, sliced avocado and a nice dollop of hummus. Top with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, hemp hearts a squeeze of roasted lemons.
Vegetables can vary in quantity. Add or subtract to your liking.
Serrano peppers are optional. I personally love the heat they give and they are wonderful roasted! You can sub 3 jalapeno peppers as well.
If you don’t have hummus on hand or want to vary it up, try using these dressings and sauces instead: Lemon-Tahini Dressing, Sriracha Cashew Sauce, tahini based Dynamite Sauce or Creamy Tahini Hippie Sauce, For a non-creamy dressing, try this Shallot Vinaigrette.
Cooking quinoa: I had a comment about cooking quinoa so here is my recipe for perfect quinoa.
In a medium size pot, bring 1 3/4 cup water + 1 cup quinoa to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Once done, turn off heat, remove cover, fluff with fork and let set 10 – 15 minutes.
Perfect quinoa every time! Makes about 3 cups. Feel free to add a little seasoning to the quinoa before cooking like garlic powder, thyme, garlic salt, mineral salt, lemon pepper, everyday seasoning, etc. Or simply season once done. This will give you more than called for in the recipe…leftovers can be served chilled or warmed with your favorite vegetables or fruits.