i had originally planned to tell you all about cauliflower pizza and how amazing and easy it is to make at home. but clearly by the title and the photo thus far, that isn't happening! i really never knew how difficult it was to make a cauli-based crust until i tried, and tried, and tried again - and miserably failed at it each time! the internet would have you believe that it's easy. it's not, guys. my pal ashley said that my failures could have something to do with attempting to make it vegan-friendly - no parmesan or eggs to bind could have been my problem, i suppose. but when something is so delicate and difficult to make, i ask myself: why make something that's not moving us to our collective goal: getting a meal on the table! i'm all about taking challenges in the kitchen, but there's a time and place for everything. so whether you have babies, or you're putting in long hours at work, what i think we collectively need is composed, but easy-to-put-together food, something that nourishes each part of us.
that's where this bowl comes in. it's definitely a nod in a few directions: it's meal-prep easy, it provides leftovers for the week, and it's a bright little bowl that definitely has spring in its sights! there's 3 major components of the dish, (all of which can made ahead of time for easy execution) the spicy broccoli, cooking the lentils, and whisking together the sauce.
the broccoli stays super bright here because all you're doing is a quick steam; it's then tossed with chili oil, lemon, and some salt -- so good! the lentils are cooked easy-peasy, and the tahini-based sauce is simply whisked together. you can make the components the day/night of, or make them on your designated food prep day (if you have one. don't feel bad if you don't, i'm all over the place with prepping food these days!) and refrigerate them until you're ready to make the bowl. the only component that requires your time the day/night of is a super quick saute of onion, ginger, and garlic 👍🏼so while the ingredient list may look like a beast, it's really not when it's broken down - promise!
big love to you all, and happy almost spring equinox! 🙌🏼
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spicy broccoli bowl w/ creamy ginger lentils | v & gf
you could easily double this recipe for more leftovers (especially if you're making this recipe for 2) throughout the week. while i love lentils as a protein, if you're not strictly plant-based, shredded chicken could be a great substitute. the sauce makes a bit extra, i used it up as a dressing for salads, or a dip for an afternoon snack.
| makes 4 servings |
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or gluten-free tamari)
- 1 teaspoon sweetener, such as coconut nectar or maple syrup
- water to thin
- salt & pepper
- 1 cup green french lentils, rinsed and picked over for any shriveled lentils
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
- 3 spring onions (or 2 bunches green onions), light and white green parts sliced thin
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon spicy sesame oil (i like this one)*
- pinch of salt
*if you don't have spicy sesame oil, or don't want to purchase it. simply use 1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.
for the sauce. whisk together the tahini, coconut aminos (or tamari), lime juice, and sweetener. drizzle in water, a little at a time, until you get a runny consistency that coats the back of a spoon. season with salt and pepper. set aside.
for the lentils. place lentils in a lidded pot with the water. bring to a boil, and cover, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, and cook the lentils until they're tender, about 15-20 minutes, drain the lentils, and set aside.
wipe the pot out with a clean dish towel and set it back on your stovetop over medium heat. once the pan is hot, add the coconut oil. then add the onions and stir, cook until tender, about 1-2 minutes. then add the garlic and ginger, stir, and cook for about 1 minute. then add the lentils and cook for another minute. remove the pot from the stove and add half the sauce and stir everything together, add more sauce, and salt, if desired. then fold in the cilantro.
for the broccoli. place broccoli florets into the basket of a steamer. bring about 1-inch of water to a boil and set the steamer inside, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes, until broccoli is tender. (you want to try and time the broccoli to cook in the last few minutes of the lentils cooking. that way everything is nice and warm when you serve it.)
place the broccoli to a mixing bowl, toss with the oils, lemon juice, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt.
serve the lentils and broccoli hot, garnish with sliced radish sticks, toasted peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, fresh cilantro, and extra lime juice, if desired.