Vegan bowls like this one are great for so many reasons. They are healthy, easy to make, inexpensive, and filling. There are an endless number of different combinations possible. Different vegetables, different grains, different greens, different sauces, different nuts and seeds.
In this vegan bowl I include cooked brown rice, baby spinach, shredded carrots, shredded beets, avocado, sunflower sprouts, and pumpkin seeds. I chose to serve it with tempeh which was quickly marinated in soy sauce, orange juice, and chili flakes and then cooked in the pan. Very simple and quick.
The delicious sauce is what pulls all these ingredients together and makes this bowl amazing. The 2 main ingredients are nutritional yeast and tahini, injected with some serious flavour. I am talking about garlic, ginger, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil and agave syrup. I also added water to get the consistency I wanted for the bowl.
This sauce is incredibly flavourful, and so delicious. All the ingredients bring their own nutritional benefits. A lot of sauces can be un-healthy and fattening, but not the case here.
Other ideas for bowls like this would be steamed bok-choy, steamed broccoli, hemp seeds, daikon, sweet potato wedges, quinoa, different sprouts and micro greens etc. You can put whatever you want.
I think the first bowl I ate similar to this one was at Aux Vivres, a very popular vegan restaurant here in Montreal. The ingredients in this bowl are inspired by, what many would consider to be Aux Vivres’s signature dish, The Dragon Bowl, which is topped with their beloved Dragon Sauce.
The bowl and sauce I have featured here is similar yet different. If you have already tried a Dragon Bowl at Aux Vivres you will know what I mean and I hope you enjoy. Although I have never been myself, another great place for bowls like this one is Fresh in Toronto which has several locations. Several people have told me great things about the Fresh restaurants, and I have purchased 2 of their cookbooks as gifts.
Below you will find step by step pictures of me assembling my bowl. Not too complicated. Start with the rice, then your bed of greens, then the rest of the veggies. Top with seeds, sprouts, tempeh or tofu if you choose to include, and finally the sauce.
Get creative and make up your own delicious bowl creations. I would love to hear about them. What do you love in your bowls, and what’s your favourite sauce?
Vegan Bowl with Nutritional Yeast Sauce
Nutritional Yeast Sauce
Makes enough sauce for about 4 bowls
1/4 cup Tahini
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
a piece of ginger about 1/2 the size of your thumb, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Note: Amount of each ingredient for the bowl will depend on how much you want to eat
cooked brown rice
baby spinach, or lettuce of choice
carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
beet, peeled and coarsely grated
avocado, pitted and sliced
sunflower sprouts, or any other kind of sprout or micro green
cooked tempeh or tufu (see below for ideas)
pumpkin seeds, or another type of seed like hemp
For tofu or tempeh
Pan frying the tofu plain is one option or buying the tempeh that has already been flavoured.
For more flavour, marinate either for 30 minutes in some soy sauce, orange juice, and chilli flakes. Adding ginger and garlic as well is another flavor enhancement.
For the sauce, combine all the ingredients, except the water, in a small food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Add the water and process some more. Add more water if needed until desired consistency is reached. Not too thick, and not watery.
In a large bowl, combine the ingredients starting with the rice at the bottom. Place a handful of spinach on top, then add the carrots, beets, sprouts and avocado around the bowl. Top with seeds, tempeh and a good serving of sauce.
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