A nourish bowl is a simple way to eat your nutrients. Choose some of your favorite grains, greens, legumes, veggies and put them next to each other in a bowl and voila! There you have a simply delicious meal in no time. It’s fun to get creative in making nourish bowls – experiment with different combinations of vegetables and spices, grains and legumes. I was inspired to make this bowl by some Japanese sweet potatoes I found at my local grocery store. I LOVE Japanese sweet potatoes! They are an ultimate comfort food for me. I love the beautiful cream color and sweetness they bring to a dish, along with fiber and vitamin C. I decided to add in some red and white quinoa, black beans, spinach, onion, and tie it all together with a simple tahini dressing because that is what I had on hand. Wow! This happens to be one of my favorite meals now! Filling, flavorful, and fantastic!
2 large Japanese sweet potatoes (or regular sweet potatoes, NOT yams)
1 tablespoon tahini paste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup white quinoa
1/4 cup red quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh vegetable bouillon
1/2 sweet onion, diced
4 cups baby spinach
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons grape seed oil*
2 tablespoons tahini paste
Peel and large dice sweet potatoes. Place in a steamer and steam until very tender. Place in a large bowl and add tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. Mash all ingredients together with a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper.
While the sweet potatoes are steaming, prepare the quinoa by placing quinoa, water, and fresh vegetable bouillon in a pot with a lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until ready to serve.
Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan and saute until tender – you may need to add in a bit of water to the pan so the onions do not stick. Add in the baby spinach and continue to saute until spinach in wilted. Add in black beans and heat through. Sean with salt and pepper.
Make the dressing by whisking the oil and tahini paste together until nicely incorporated. *Note: you can replace the oil with equal parts maple syrup or agave or honey and water. The dressing will have a different flavor profile and be sweeter, but it is still delicious.
Place each item next to each other in a bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Serve. Enjoy!