We may be snowed in but we have lots of veggies and grains in the house so that means some good eating!
Real Simple magazine had an article on healthful bowls in their last issue. They listed ingredients to stock your pantry with and then select something from a variety of categories to come up with a delicious and nutritious meal. Our pantry just about looked like this list, so I thought it was perfect for me to try out.
I made a “Roasted Veggie Bowl with Farro and Greens” last night and I just have to brag here and say it was fantastic. Real Simple gets much of the credit for certain. I am so glad they inspired me with this (and a couple more that are coming up!)
Here we go:
First I roasted butternut squash (1/2 of a large one), 1/2 head of cauliflower, 1 zucchini and 1 purple onion. They simply had a bit of olive oil , salt and pepper on them. They roasted at 400 for about 35 minutes.
While they were roasting I put a handful of fresh spinach and sliced purple cabbage in a bowl. Neither of these got cooked in any way.
I cooked some farro according to the bags instructions. My bag was from Trader Joes and is 10 minute farro which makes eating this not only yummy, but quick and easy!
A handful of sliced almonds got scattered in a hot skillet to toast them a bit and I grated a bit of sharp cheddar cheese.
The last thing to do was make some Buttermilk Ranch dressing. I am not a fan of bottled ranch but homemade is another story!
- 1 C buttermilk
- 1/4 C Mayo
- 1 smashed garlic glove
- a handful of parsley chopped up (you could really use any fresh herb on hand that you like)
Whisk that and you are set.
OK— assembly time! Grab that bowl with the spinach and cabbage in it. Put a generous spoonful of farro on next. A couple good portions of the roasted veggies are next in line. Top off with a little shredded cheese and some almonds. A ladle of your Buttermilk Ranch Dressing tops it off.
You have heaven in a bowl.
This was really good and was packed with the food groups and nutrition. It was awesome! More are coming in the next days as I combine some other things from my pantry in a one bowl meal.
Happy Unleashing (in your kitchen),