One of my favorite solutions has a very catchy name – I call it a” bowl.” Mrs. Plant of Mrsplantintexas.com has a similiar dish – she calls it TC in a B (“throw crap in a bowl”).
Here’s how it goes. Start with a cooked grain, typically guinoa or brown rice at my house. Once in a while I get more creative. I really like this rice mix that Florence Johnson found at Trader Joes that has these crunchy little radish seeds mixed in.
The next step is called clean out the veggie crisper. When I did this Tuesday night, I put out thinnly sliced carrots, chopped green onions, kale torn in small bite sized pieces, diced celery, and frozen green peas (that I ran hot water over for a few secs.) Other times it has included asparagus, broccoli, purple cabbage, spinach, sweet potato, green beans, garbonzo beans, black beans, red onions, mandarin oranges, pineapple…and the list goes on…and on.
The all important last step is to stir up a simple tasty sauce. Here are two I recommend:
Simple Spicy Peanut Sauce
1/2 c peanut powder (I buy the big package of PB2 from Amazon), 2 T soy sauce, 1 t Sriracha sauce (or your favorite hot sauce), 2 T maple syrup, 2 T water
Mix together. That’s it.
1 c water, 2 T cornstarch, 1/2 c low sodium soy sauce (if you only have regular soy sauce, use 1/4 c soy sauce and another 1/4 c water), 3 T maple syrup, 1 t crushed garlic, 1″ piece of fresh gingerroot, grated (or 1 t powdered ginger)
Whisk cornstarch into cold water. Set aside. Combine rest of ingredients in saucepan over medium heat. Pour in the cornstarch mixture and whisk to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer, whisking regularly till it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before serving (or risk losing taste buds.)
So here’s how dinner goes. Cook or reheat the grains. Slice and dice the veggies and put it all on the table with some big bowls. Let everybody create their own bowl, starting with the grain and then topping with veggies of their choice and drizzling with sauce.
The pictures above are not mine. When I serve this meal, time is tight and people are hungry – both factors make taking pictures tricky and possibly even dangerous.
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