Basic Roasted Vegetables

2 large carrots, peeled, sliced into ½ in rounds, halved into half-moons
2 parsnips, peeled, sliced into ½ in rounds, halved
1/2 – 1 onion, cut into 1/2 inch wedges
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks, or wedges
1 sweet potato cut into ¾ inch cubes
2–3 tablespoons olive oil
generous, 5 finger pinch of salt and pepper
optional additions: other veggies of course, fresh herbs -thyme, rosemary, sage

Pre-heat oven to 425F.

Cut veggies and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. If your sheet pans are small, use 2 pans.
Cut veggies and place them in rows.

drizzle lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and using tongs give a light toss.
Place in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes, rotate, toss again, and continue cooking until fork tender, another 10-15 minutes.

Place in a serving dish and cover to keep warm.

Tips:

Choose veggies that take roughly the same amount of time to roast. Root veggies (vegetables that grow underground) like carrots, parsnips, beets, and potatoes, are relatively dense compared to other veggies and take the longest to roast, 30-50 minutes, depending on what size you cut them. Winter squash are medium-dense so take less time, when peeled and diced.

If someone were to ask me which veggies are best to roast? I would say, hands-down, root vegetables! Their natural sweetness and earthiness both get enhanced and elevated through roasting.
Cut veggies so they are the same thickness. This ensures they roast quickly and uniformly. I try to keep root veggies at ½ inch thick.

Roast vegetables on a parchment-lined sheet pan – and use an extra-large one! Or use two! They like space.

Group different veggies separately on the sheet pan (instead of mixing them all together) just in case you need to remove some and not others.

Keep it simple, with a light drizzle of olive oil, sprinkling of salt and pepper. This allows the flavors of the veggies to really shine.

Use a hot, 425 F oven, middle rack.

Check at 15 minutes, rotate pan and give a quick toss, continue cooking 5-15 minutes or until fork tender.

I always like to include an onion and bell pepper for flavor. (Just a personal preference)
Of course you can add a herb – thyme, rosemary, sage- all work well.

Basic Cauliflower Rice Pilaf with Variations

1 head cauliflower
1 tablespoon olive oil
2–3 garlic cloves ( optional, or sub 1–2 teaspoons granulated garlic powder)
1 shallot, finely chopped ( optional)
pinch salt and pepper
zest from one small lemon
1/8 cup fresh chopped parsley (or thyme, cilantro or basil, or sub other herbs, see below)

Trim the leaves and stem off the cauliflower and cut into smaller pieces. (If using a box grater, cut into quarters and see notes)

Working in 2 batches, place 1/2 the cauliflower pieces into a food processor and pulse until it is uniformly and coursely ground. Place in a large bowl, lined with paper towels. Repeat with the second half.

Pat the top with paper towels, squeezing out any excess water.

To cook, either roast or saute.

To roast, preheat oven to 425 F. Remove the paper towels and place the cauliflower on a parchment lined sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper, chopped shallot, finely minced garlic and the zest of one lemon. Toss and spread out. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden, giving it good toss halfway though. Garnish with fresh parsley.

To saute on the stove top, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and saute until golden and fragrant. Add cauliflower, garlic, salt and pepper and saute for a few minutes until you begin to smell the garlic. Turn heat down to low, cover and let this steam a bit until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Uncover, continue stirring, and add lemon zest. Cook until it starts to get golden. Sprinkle with herbs right before serving.

Feel free to make other variations to go with your meals:

Mexican – lime zest, cilantro, chili powder, cumin or coriander
Spanish – add smoked paprika
French – fresh thyme
Italian – garlic and basil
Indian – add curry powder
Asian – garlic and ginger, a small splash of soy and srircha at the end ( or Szechuan Sauce)

Baked Ginger Tofu

16 ounces tofu- organic, firm or extra firm, non-GMO
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce– or gluten-free Braggs Liquid amino acids ( tamari will be too salty)
1 tablespoon miso (or sub 1 more tablespoon soy sauce)
3–4 slices thin slices ginger- peels ok
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon rice vinegar (optional)
1–3 teaspoons chili paste (all optional)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 400F

Blot tofu well with paper towels, pressing down gently. Cut into desired shapes (strips, cubes, squares).

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet

Blend marinade ingredients (except sesame seeds) together in a blender until smooth, pour over tofu, coating all sides well. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 40-50 minutes, and for extra crispy broil for a few minutes.

Israeli Salad

2 extra large tomatoes, finely diced
1 English cucumber, finely diced
1 cup red onion, finely chopped (1/2 of a medium red onion)
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
1 cup fresh herbs (Italian parsley, mint or cilantro, or a mix of all three)
zest of one lemon
Lemon juice (start with ½ a lemon, add more to taste)
4 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Chop the first 6 ingredients into a very small fine dice. The smaller, the better. Take your time with this and a sharp knife really makes this easier!

Place in a large bowl and toss with the lemon zest, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper.

Taste and adjust lemon and salt to your liking.

Kohlrabi Slaw with Cilantro, Jalapeño, and Lime

6 cups kohlrabi -cut into matchsticks or grated in a food processor -about three x 4 inch bulbs (or you could substitute sliced fennel, apple, jicama, cucumber, or cabbage for part of the kohlrabi for more diversity)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro ( one small bunch)
half of a jalapeno -minced
1/4 cup chopped scallion
orange zest from one orange, and juice
lime zest from one lime, and juice

Citrus Dressing :

1/4 Cup olive oil
¼ Cup fresh orange juice ( juice form one orange)
1/8 Cup lime juice plus 1 T ( juice from one large lime), more to taste
1/4 Cup honey ( or agave syrup)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar

Trim and peel kohlrabi. ( I normally have to peel twice to get thru the thick skin). Cut off two ends. Cut in half from top to bottom. Thinly slice, rotate and slice again, making 1/4 inch matchsticks.

Place in large bowl with chopped cilantro, scallions, finly chopped jalapeño ( 1/2), lime zest and orange zest.

Whisk dressing together in a small bowl. Toss with salad. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with zest and cilantro. This tastes goo the next day too.

Cabbage Mango Slaw

3 cups shredded cabbage (½ of small purple cabbage)
1 large mango (ripe but firm, not soft)
1/2 cup cilantro chopped, thin stems ok
1/4 C finely diced or thinly sliced red onion
1/2 to 1 jalapeno- finely chopped
2 tsp olive oil
1 orange (zest and juice)
1 lime
1/2 tsp salt

Slice or shred cabbage very thinly- Add to large bowl.

Peel mango with a vegetable peeler, then slice into thin strips, or cut into cubes and place in the bowl.

Add onion, cilantro, jalapeno.

Zest one orange and add the zest to the bowl. Add the juice of half the orange, and half the lime
Add oil and salt and mix gently to combine.

Taste and adjust salt, heat and citrus. Often I will squeeze in the other half of the orange.
Refrigerate until ready to serve!

notes

This will keep up to 2 days in the fridge. If using a soft mango, serve right away. Firmer mangos will last longer.

Jicama Mango Slaw

1 large jicama – 2 pounds
1 extra large very firm or green mango
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion ( or sub 4 scallions, sliced)
1/2 a jalapeno- finely chopped ( optional, and more to taste)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime- juice and zest ( about ? cup)
1/2 an orange juice ( about ? cup)
1–2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Peel and grate jicama in a cuisinart with grater attachment or use a box grater.

Peel and grate mango, same as above.

Place all ingredients in a bowl, toss, adjust seasonings.

If using a very green mango, consider adding a little sugar, to balance lime.

Mexican Slaw with Cilantro and Lime

1 pound thinly sliced or shredded cabbage ( purple is pretty, or green or use a mix)
1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion, more to taste ( or sub 1/2 cup green onion)
1/2-1 cup chopped cilantro ( packed), ½ of a large bunch
1/2 of a jalapeño, finely chopped, more to taste
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, more to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2-teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
pepper to taste

Shred the cabbage by very thinly slicing or use a mandolin. If making an extra-large batch using your food processor with grater attachment is a good option.

Add the cilantro, onion (see note), jalapeno, lime zest and lime juice, olive oil, salt, cumin, coriander and pepper.

Toss well. Taste and adjust salt and lime. Add extra jalapeno if you like.

Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Crunchy Asian Slaw

1 lb shredded veggies (your choice of cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, snow peas, broccoli slaw, brussel sprouts, etc) roughly 6-7 cups.
3 scallions, sliced
1 cup cilantro ( or Italian parsley or mint) chopped

Asian Slaw Dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons brown rice syrup, agave or honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce (or GF alternative like Braggs or Coconut Aminos)
1 garlic clove, finely minced ( use a garlic press)
1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
1/2-teaspoon salt
1/2-teaspoon chili flakes or chili paste ( optional)

Optional toppings:

Toasted sesame seeds
roasted, crushed peanuts or cashews

Toss slaw ingredients together in a large bowl. Add cilantro and scallions.

Whisk Asian Slaw Dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pour dressing into slaw and toss well.

Garnish with sesame seeds and/ or nuts.

notes

Salad will keep up to 3-4 days in the fridge.

Sheet Pan Warm Winter Salad

1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
2–3 large carrots (or parsnips), peeled and cut into 1 inch thick pieces
1 fennel bulb, cored and cut in 1/3 inch thick wedges
1 red onion, sliced ito 1/2 inch wedges
14-ounce can chickpeas ( rinsed, drained and patted dry) about 1 1 /2 cups cooked chickpeas
2–3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced or use 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons sumac (optional, but tasty)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
zest from one lemon
Couple handfuls baby spinach
Everyday Tahini Sauce (thin out with a little water, to make it more like a dressing)
3–4 tablespoons Dukkah (or a 2 tablespoons Zaatar)
3–4 tablespoons fresh dill
squeeze of lemon juice
Aleppo chili flakes ( or reguluar)

Preheat oven to 425F.

Place the cauliflower florets, carrots, fennel, onion and chickpeas in a EXTRA large bowl. Toss with the olive oil, minced garlic, coriander, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Toss well.

Place in a single layer on one or two, parchement lined sheet pans. Bake for 15 minutes, then toss veggies and rotate pans, bake 10-15 minutes more until cauliflower is tender, and edges crispy.
Make the Everyday Tahini Sauce and the Dukkah.

If serving on the sheet pan, move all the veggies onto one pan. Spread around evenly. Top with the baby spinach, drizzle the tahini sauce over top (diagonally is nice) and sprinkle with the Dukkah. Squeeze with a little lemon.

Garnish with the fresh dill and Chili flakes.

Enjoy!

Sheet Pan Chicken and Yam Bowl with Salsa Macha (with Tofu Variation)

SALSA MACHA RECIPE:

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup raw nuts or seeds- pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts or almonds
4–6 cloves garlic- whole
1 shallot, sliced
4 dry Guajillo Peppers (1 ¼ ounces) or sub other dried mild to medium peppers.
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coriander ( optional)
1 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional, add to taste for heat)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds ( optional)

SALSA MACHA BOWLS:

1 medium yam-diced into ½ inch thick cubes
1 red bell pepper- sliced into 1 inch thick wedges ( or use poblano peppers)
1/2 red onion- into 1/2 inch thick half moons
2 boneless chicken breasts or thighs, or use tofu filets
drizzle of olive oil, generous sprinkle salt, pepper and cumin

Optional Bowl Bases- Seasoned Black Beans, Black Rice, Cooked Rice, Cauliflower Rice, Greens

Bowl Toppings- avocado, sprouts, cilantro, lime, sesame seeds

Salsa Macha: (see notes)

Discard stems and seeds from chilies and break them into smaller one inch pieces.

In a large skillet add the oil and heat it over medium high heat. Add garlic, shallot and nuts, and stir until golden, about 4-5 minutes.

Turn heat to low, add crushed chilies, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Turn heat off and cool 5-10 minutes. Add salt and vinegar and coriander.

Place all in food processor (or blender) and blend until well combined, but not overly smooth. Taste for spice and add chipotle powder to taste. I added about 1 teaspoon, but start conservatively. You can also add canned chipotle peppers to taste or the adobo sauce they come in, for a nice smokiness.
Pour into a jar, and stir in toasted sesame seeds.

To store: cover with a layer of olive oil before storing the jar in the fridge. This will last 3-4 weeks in the fridge.

To make the BOWLS

Pre heat oven to 425F

Place prepped yams, onions and peppers on a parchement-lined sheet pan.

Place chicken or tofu on the side of the sheet pan.

Drizzle with oil, gently tossing veggies, then chicken and tofu. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cumin.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes. Check doneness, and continue cooking if need be.

Assemble Bowls. If using a Bowl Base like rice or beans, divide it among two bowls. Top it with roasted chicken or tofu, veggies. Add avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Spoon on the Salsa Macha and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

notes

Salsa Macha Notes:
Feel free to use different chilies, or mix of dried chilies, taking care to pay attention to heat levels. Add Chilies de Arbol for heat or dried Chipotles for depth and smokiness.

You can also make the Salsa Macha first and use it as the marinade – coating the chicken or tofu before baking. To save time, here I have you make this while the chicken/tofu is baking, then spoon it on after. It’s great either way!

Souvlaki Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

Marinade
4 cloves garlic cloves
zest of one small lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano ( or 1 teaspoon dried) or sub thyme.
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
generous pinch cayenne, chili flakes, or aleppo pepper
1 lb boneless chicken breast or thighs ( or 3 large portobellos) leave whole
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Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
¾ cup plain yogurt
1 garlic clove- minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
1 cup finely diced cucumber
2–3 tablespoon fresh dill, parsley or mint, or a combination
pepper or chili flakes to taste
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Cauliflower Rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot ( or ½ cup finely diced onion )
2 cloves garlic, minced (or use 1 tsp granulated garlic)
3 cups cauliflower rice (cauliflower florets pulsed in food processor until like grains of rice)
salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
optional- lemon zest, fresh herbs
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Optional Bowl Additions:
1–2 cups diced cucumber
1–2 cups tomatoes- sliced in half or diced
1 avocado, sliced
fresh greens- arugula or fresh herbs
Grilled Veggies- red bell pepper, eggplant slices, zucchini or summer squash ( brush with olive oil and salt before grilling)
Toasty Pita

Place marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and stir.

Add Chicken or Portobellos (leave whole), toss to coat. Set aside at room temp.

Make Cucumber Yogurt sauce by stirring all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pre heat grill to High heat. ( you can also sear or bake- see notes)

Prep any veggies for the bowl ( cut cucumber, tomatoes, avocado) and set aside.

Start the Cauliflower Rice:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium- high heat.

Add shallot or onion and saute for two minutes. Turn heat to medium, add garlic and cook one more minute. Add cauliflower rice. Saute a couple minutes, stirring, then turn heat down to med-low.
At this point, put the chicken, portobellos and any veggies you like ( brushed with olive oil & salted) on the grill, cover, and turn heat down to medium, and cook 5 minutes or so.

Return to the cauliflower rice, stir for a few more minutes, adding seasonings. Be careful to not overcook this, you want to retain its great texture.

Check the grill and flip chicken when you see good grill marks, adjusting heat as necessary. I like to give a good sear first, then turn heat down to med low to finish cooking.

When cooked, slice chicken or portobellos and any other veggies you had grilling.
Assemble Bowls:

Place a mound of Cauliflower rice in the base of the bowl. Surround with veggies, chicken and a dollop of cucumber yogurt sauce. Sprinkle the veggies with fresh herbs, a little salt, olive oil and lemon if you like.

Notes: Feel free to bake chicken ( or porto’s) in a 400F oven until cooked through, or pan sear.

Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowl with Cauliflower (with Tofu Variation)

1– 1 1/2 pounds chicken ( breast or thigh) or tofu or a mix of both
1 onion
1 red pepper- optional
1 cauliflower – optional see notes

Quick Shawarma Marinade:

1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon granulated garlic ( or two cloves, finely minced)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Wrap Options:

4 x 10-12 inch wraps or pita bread
Cucumber, radish, or tomato, Everyday Kale Slaw or Isreali Salad or greens like arugula or spinach
Shawarma Bowl Options:

cooked grain ( rice, quinoa, barley) or roasted, “riced” cauliflower ( see notes)
roasted cauliflower or other roasted veggies
Serve both with Everyday Tahini Sauce, Zhoug, or Zhoug Yogurt, Baba ganoush and optional Isreali Salad.

Tandoori Bowl with Sheet Pan Roasted Cauliflower (with Chicken Variation)

1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets ( or feel free to cook the whole thing and use leftovers for lunch)
1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, patted dry
1–2 boneless, skinless, chicken breast (optional)
1/2 red onion, sliced into ½ inch thick rings or wedges
2–3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 – 2 tablespoons Tandoori spice ( see below)

Serve with cooked rice or grain ( both optional) and optional Green Harissa Sauce, fresh Italian parsley leaves ( or cilantro). Slivered almonds, pomegranate seeds, would be nice too.

Homemade Tandoori Spice ( mix in a bowl, use 1-2 tablespoons, save the rest in an airtight jar)

2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

GREEN HARISSA SAUCE

Pre heat oven to 425F. If serving with rice, set it to boil on the stove. Add a cinnamon stick for added aroma.

Cut cauliflower and onion and place them along with chickpeas, on a parchment lined sheet-pan, along with the chicken breast if using.

Drizzle all with olive oil. Sprinkle everything generously with salt and pepper and generously with the tandoori spice. Give things a little toss. Drizzle a little more oil on the chicken breast to coat, rubbing it in a bit ( to prevent it from getting dry.) Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Check, toss, cook 5 more minutes if you need to. See notes.

Serve over rice or grain (or go grain- free) with optional Green harissa yogurt.

To make Green Harissa Sauce, see recipe.

notes

Small chicken breasts will cook in about 20 minutes at 425F. If they are big, they will take longer. Thighs will take longer still, especially bone-in, skin on. …and you may want to cook them in a separate baking dish, so you can pull the veggies out sooner.

To make this more festive looking add pomegranate seeds! If you like a bit of sweetness, try adding dried golden raisins or dried chopped apricots to the rice. Slivered almonds are nice too as a garnish.

Sunshine Bowl with Tahini

4 cups hot cooked brown rice, quinoa or other whole grain
1 cup cubed extra-firm tofu
4 Cups fresh raw crunchy veggies, grated and/or sliced – grated beets, grated carrots, radish, daikon, kohlrabi, cucumber, jicama, peppers, tomatoes
2 cups packed leafy green–kale, spinach or arugula
2 T chives or scallions- chopped
2 T sunflower seeds
1 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos ( or tamari or soy sauce)

Sunflower Seed Tahini Sauce:

1/4 cup sunflower seeds – roasted or raw
1/4 cup fresh orange juice ( half an orange)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
2 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s or soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1–2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon fresh ginger ( optional)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp bee pollen ( optional)

Cook grain or rice according to directions. Drizzle 1 teaspoon Braggs liquid amino over cubed tofu in a bowl and set aside, letting it marinate.

Prep all veggies (peel- then grate or slice).

Make sunflower tahini sauce– place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
When grain is cooked, divide among 4 bowls. Top with chopped kale. Arrange veggies and tofu overtop.
Drizzle with tahini sauce. Garnish with chopped chives ( or scallions ) and sunflower seeds.
Notes: you can also pan sear tofu ( blot dry after marinating and coat in cornstarch, sear in oil until crispy)

Tuna (or Tofu) Poke Bowl

BASE – 1-2 cups of your choice of:

cooked brown rice
soba noodles
kelp noodles or seaweed salad
cucumber or zucchini noodles
baby spinach or mixed greens
Shredded cabbage and carrots

Marinated Ahi Poke Recipe:

8 ounces ahi tuna ( or extra firm or baked tofu), cut into ¾ inch cubes
3 scallions, sliced thinly at a diagonal
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 garlic clove, finely minced ( use a garlic press)
1 teaspoon grated ginger, or use ginger paste
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoon shoyu or soy sauce (or if GF Braggs Liquid amino, go lighter, it’s more salty)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons honey or agave
1–2 tablespoon hijiki seaweed (optional)
for spicy, add a teaspoon garlic chili paste, or chili flakes.

Optional BOWL TOPPINGS: avocado, sprouts, edamame, roe, grated carrots, grated beets, cucumber, fresh sliced, mango, radishes, crispy shallots, shredded cabbage, nori ( sliced thin), seaweed salad, pickled ginger, shiso leaves, furikake (Japanese sesame seaweed spice mix), kimchi, chili threads, Sriracha

QUICK PONZU SAUCE ( optional- make this if making the whole bowl)

1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1/8 cup mirin
1/8 cup soy sauce or GF Braggs Liquid Aminos
1/8 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (half an orange)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

If cooking rice or noodles,start and cook according to directions on the stove.

Cut fish (or tofu- blotting extra well first) into 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a bowl. Add scallions, garlic, ginger and sesame seeds.

Mix sesame oil, soy sauce and honey in a small bowl, then very gently mix with ahi to coat evenly. (If using tofu, you may need to add more soy and sesame oil -in equal portions- because tofu tends to soak the liquid up like a sponge.)

Make the quick ponzu sauce, combining ingredients in a small bowl.

Assemble bowls – Divide rice (or other base) among two bowls. Pile poke salad high in the center, and surround with your additional toppings (avocado, cucumber, radish, sprouts, etc).

Spoon the fresh ponzu sauce over the veggies and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chili threads (or flakes).

Serve with chop sticks and Sriracha.

notes

You can simply just make the poke itself ( with either ahi or tofu) or create the whole Bowl, loaded up with veggies, rice and the ponzu sauce

Poke Bowl

Pick a base for the bowl:

brown rice or try jade rice
kelp noodles or seaweed salad
zucchini noodles
kale, baby spinach or mixed greens
shredded cabbage, jicama or carrots
Pick a Protein:

ahi tuna
wild salmon
albacore tuna
scallops or cooked shrimp
tofu

Pick “mix-ins”:

scallions, red onions, pickled onions
cilantro, dill, basil, shiso
toasted sesame seeds
kimchi
nuts- almonds, macadamia, cashew, peanuts, pine nuts
seaweed- like hijiki
fresh chilies
fresh ginger

Pick Bowl Toppings:

avocado
sprouts
edamame
roe
grated carrots, beets
cucumber
fresh mango
radishes
crispy shallots
shredded cabbage
nori
pickled ginger
shiso leaves
pomegranate
furikake seasoning
kimchi
chili threads

Oaxacan Bowl with Sheet Pan Roasted Peppers and Sweet Potatoes

Spice Rub

2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon ground chipotle ( or swap out a mix of smoked paprika and chili powder)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Sheet Pan ingredients

1/2 a red onion, cut in ½ inch wedges
1 medium yam or sweet potato- diced into ¾ inch cubes ( leave skin on)
8 baby bell peppers, cut in half (or 1 regular red or yellow bell pepper, cut into strips )
½ cup pecans
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 15-16 ounce can Seasoned Black Beans ( Cuban style or Mexican style) or use regular black beans ( see notes)
Garnish: Avocado, cilantro, scallions, Cabbage Slaw, Mexican Secret Sauce or Vegan Avocado Sauce

Quick Cabbage Slaw

1/2 of a a red cabbage, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or scallions or both
1 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
instructions
Preheat oven to 400F

Mix cumin, chipotle and salt together in a small bowl.

Place onion, sweet potato and peppers on a parchment lined sheet pan. Drizzle onion and potato with a little olive oil and sprinkle generously with spice mix, tossing to coat all sides well. Use about ½ or 2/3 of the spice.

Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, tossing halfway through.

On another smaller parchment-lined pan, toss the pecans with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of the spice mix. Place in the oven (on a lower rack) for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. When you pull it out, give nuts a quick toss to loosen them up and “fluffen” them, so when they cool, they are easy to remove.

Heat the seasoned beans in a small pot on the stove ( see notes) and make the slaw. Finely chop or shred the cabbage and place in a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients, toss. Taste, adjust lime and salt.

Slice the avocado.

When the veggies are fork tender, assemble the bowls. Divide the beans among 2-3 bowls. Divide all the veggies, placing them over the beans, and top with slaw and add the avocado.

Serve with the Chipotle Mayo ( vegan-adaptable) or Vegan Avocado sauce if you like, or sour cream and hot sauce– it’s fine without though too. ?

Bahn Mi Noodle Bowl with Tofu (Bun Chay)

2 ounces dry rice noodles (or use zucchini noodles)
Boiling water

Quick pickled veggies:

1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 cup matchstick carrots (or grated)
1/2 cup sliced radishes (or try daikon or watermelon radish-like in the photos)
1 teaspoon sugar (or alternative equivalent, honey, maple, coconut sugar)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Creamy Sriracha Dressing:

4 tablespoons Veganaise or vegan mayo (or use regular)
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce (or Sambal, or Chili Garlic Sauce)
1 teaspoon sugar or alternative sweetener
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soy sauce or vegan fish sauce (or regular fish sauce)

Bowl ingredients:

6 ounces tofu, patted dry, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (or chicken, see notes)
1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
1/2 a red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh torn mint leaves
1/2 a jalapeno, very thinly sliced
lime wedges
optional additions- sprouts, avocado, daikon, grated beet, cilantro

Cook the Noodles: Pour boiling water over rice noodles and let sit 5-6 minutes, or until softened, drain, rinse and set aside. (I use a shallow baking dish for this)

Make the Pickles (don’t skip!) At the same time heat 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup vinegar on the stove in a small pot, add sugar, salt, radishes, and carrots and bring to a simmer, and toss to coat well. Turn heat off. Place them in a bowl and chill.

Make the Creamy Sriracha Dressing: place ingredients in a small bowl and whisk.

Make the Crispy Tofu: Heat oil in a skillet, and season the oil with salt and pepper. Add the tofu and sear over medium heat until all sides are crispy. Stir in a little sriracha for heat at the end.
Prep your veggies. Slice the cucumber, bell pepper and cabbage (using a mandolin is nice, or just very thinly slice).

Assemble the Bowls: divide the noodles and arrange all the veggies around it. Grab the chilling pickled veggies and divide. Add the tofu to the bowls and Spoon the flavorful dressing overtop.
Garnish the bowls with fresh mint, jalapeño slices and lime wedges.

Bali Bowls with Sheet Pan Peanut Tofu

14 ounces tofu ( non gmo, organic and sprouted if possible- our use firm or extra firm)
1 large yam or sweet potato, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
drizzle of olive oil
3/4 cup uncooked black rice ( or other rice or grain- both optional)
Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

3 thin slices ginger- cut across the grain, about the size of a quarter.
1 fat clove garlic
1/4 cup peanut butter (or sub almond butter!)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (roughly ½ an orange)
2 tablespoons soy sauce or GF Braggs Liquid Amino Acids (Note: Tamari will turn this unpleasantly dark)
3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, agave or sugar substitute
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 –1 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( or a squirt of sriracha sauce)
3/4 teaspoon salt

Bowl Veggie Options:

1–2 cups shredded cabbage (or use a mandolin)
1–2 cups shredded carrots
1–2 cups shredded beets
1 cup sliced snap peas
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes ( or watermelon radishes)
1 avocado
fresh sunflower sprouts

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Blot dry, then cut the tofu into 2 inch squares or 2-3 inch long strips ( that are ¾ inch thick). Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

Cut the yam into 3/4 inch cubes and place on the other side of the sheet pan ( or another pan). Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss and spread out.

Make the peanut sauce, placing every thing in a blender, and blend until smooth. Reserve ½ of the peanut sauce for the bowls. Use the remaing to coat the tofu. Pour over tofu and brush tops and sides and lather them up. I like to leave a very generous amount on the top of each piece. Place in the hot oven for 25-30 minutes.

Cook the rice like you would pasta – using this basmati rice method . See notes.

Prep all your veggies. And FYI, these are just options for you, feel free to use what you like, adding or subtracting from the list.

When the tofu is caramelized and the sweet potatoes are fork tender, assemble your bowls.

Drizzle with the remaining peanut sauce. Or place the peanut sauce in a little dish on each bowl.

Notes:

This would be a delicious meal prep option for healthy lunches. Totally fine served cold!
Boil rice in 6 cups lightly salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and let stand in strainer for five minutes. Fluff with fork. See Basmati Rice method – very similar to cooking pasta.