nourish bowls + avocado crema dressing

June 2, 2017

 

Lately I've been craving more plant-based foods - more vegetables, less dairy; more legumes, less meat. I don't necessarily move towards one "diet" or another. In fact, I tend to shun any sort of restriction for both myself and for my clients when it comes to what I put on my plate (unless its necessary, of course), and instead encourage listening to the body's needs and cravings to fuel up properly. 

 

Though I do eat high quality meats on a regular basis, my desire to remove the majority of animal protein comes as no surprise, as my once-vegetarian ways tend to come back in waves, alongside the change in seasons. With summer on the horizon, lighter meals have become my forte - salads of all kinds, lettuce wraps, smoothies, even some soups - that are filled with delicious veggies and refreshing fruits. 

 

These Nourish Bowls fit in perfectly with that craving! They can be composed of anything your little heart desires. The foundation can be starchy veg or warm grains. Fill it up with raw or roasted produce. Top it with your favorite dressing or dip (like the Avocado Crema below). Then you've got yourself a Nourish Bowl! While you can always add meat to this bowl, I welcome it as a great opportunity to get a TON of veggies in and like to keep it plant-based, getting some protein from legumes or quinoa instead - and I invite you to do the same!

 

Because they're so customizable, I don't feel its necessary to create a recipe for you. Instead, we're just going to break it down! But first - I need to share this recipe with y'all...

 

One of my favorite creamy salad dressings to make at home is this Avocado Crema Dressing. Guys, it is SO GOOD and so easy to make! I've been making it for a while after discovering the magic of adding avocado into dips and dressings for dairy-free creaminess. While it is especially delish with Southwest- or Mexican-style bowls, it can really go with anything! 

 

Avocado Crema Dressing

Makes about 1 1/2 cup dressing 

 

  • 1/2 ripe avocado 

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro

  • 3 small limes, juiced

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp cumin

  • 1 tbsp honey 

  • Water, as needed for desired consistency

 

Prepare dressing by adding all ingredients, besides water, to a blender. Begin blending, adding water to thin, as needed, scraping down sides as you go. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more lime, salt, cumin or honey as desired.
Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to several days.

Now, onto the rest...
Make your Nourish Bowl how you like! Need some ideas? Try one of the concoctions below:

Asian Inspired : roasted sweet potatoes; cabbage, peppers, sautéed mushrooms + spring onion thinly sliced; steamed edamame; dressed with a lime, coconut aminos + sesame oil mixture; topped off with microgreens

 

Curried  Yum : quinoa; roasted cauliflower, carrots + sautéed kale; curry-spiced roasted chickpeas; dressed with a tahini, lemon, cumin + honey mixture; topped off with dried currants, sunflower seeds + mint

 

Southwest Express : roasted butternut squash; corn, peppers + roasted broccoli; black beans; dressed with Avocado Crema Dressing; topped off with pepitas, red onion + extra chopped cilantro

 

 

bottom: 
Hearty Veggies (roasted + cubed) and/or Grains

  • butternut squash

  • acorn squash

  • quinoa

  • brown rice

  • millet

  • sweet potato

 

Middle: 

Non-starchy Veggies (roasted or raw) and Legumes (soaked + cooked)

  • asparagus

  • broccoli 

  • cabbage

  • carrots

  • cauliflower

  • cucumber 

  • green beans

  • peppers

  • greens 

    • massaged or cooked kale, arugula, mizuna, spinach, frisée, spring mix, etc.

  • black beans

  • chickpeas

  • navy beans

  • ...and more!! Use your imagination + listen to what your body wants! 

 

Top it off:

Dressings, Dips and Other Toppings

  • favorite dressing 

    • creamy crema (see below!), oil+vinegar, tahini drizzle, be creative!

  • hummus

  • guacamole

  • fermented things

    • sauerkraut, kimchi, etc.

  • avocado 

  • nuts + seeds

  • toasted coconut

  • fresh herbs

  • dried fruit

    • raisins, currants, golden berries, goji berries

 

These Nourish Bowls are so good for getting in your daily serving of veggies, and also clearing out your fridge at the end of the week! When you make your own bowl, be sure to share on the Gathering Wellness Facebook page or on Instagram, using the hashtag #findyourglow and tagging @GatheringWellness!!

 

 

 

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