Greens and Grains

August 6, 2016

A few months ago, I went to the most incredible event hosted by Ella Grace Denton to raise money for the refugees in Calais. The evening consisted of a long sound-healing session and a delicious dinner, all in the company of the most amazing, passionate, kind, and radiating girls.  Each aspect of that evening- the company, the place, and the food- was truly unforgettable and I will cherish it for years to come.  In between laughing and talking, we were presented with an incredible  three-course fully-plant based meal by Juice Baby, on King’s Road in London. Every course, the gazpacho starter, the main, and the trio of desserts was beyond words delicious.  The one that stuck with me the most was the main- a huge plate filled with the most beautifully presented array of cooked and raw vegetables, pulses, grains and a killer dressing.
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That’s the moment I fell in love with the idea of Greens and Grains bowls- a balanced, delicious and gorgeous meal good for the body and for the soul.  From that day on, I’ve been making g&g bowls at least a couple of times a week, usually filled with leftovers and whatever I have in the fridge! I’ve put together a little post on my favourite ways of making and combining certain vegetables, pulses, grains and dressings so check it out below and I’m sure some of these will become your week-day veg staples!
There are endless ways to put together a greens and grains bowl. As long as you have a mix between some tasty veg, whole grains, pulses and a killer dressing, you’re in for an incredible and balanced meal.  There was a time, especially when I first started eating a completely plant-based diet, when I wasn’t quite sure which flavours worked best together and when I was a bit nervous about getting all of my nutrients ticked off the list for each meal.  With time, however, I’ve come to understand which combinations of vegetables and pulses make my taste buds and stomach the happiest, so I wanted to share this set of greens and grains combinations.  There are so many delicious combinations out there though, so feel more than free to mix and match a few of the bits I suggest with your favourites.
Below are a few of my staples, divided into vegetables, grains, dips/pulses and dressings. I usually chose 2 vegetables, a grain, a dip/pulse and one of the yummy dressings, but you’re more than free to assemble your g&g bowl whichever way you like.

Serves 1 (but everything can be easily doubled/tripled for more people or for tomorrow’s lunch)
Vegetable Options:
Sautéed kale:
2 big handfuls of kale (massaged with the oil, lemon and tamari)
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp tamari
Steamed veg:
1 cup raw mange tout/sugar snap peas/string beans (steamed/boiled)
Tahini Shredded Beetroot:
1 cooked beetroot, shredded (remove as much liquid as possible)
1 tsp tahini
1/2 lemon squeezed
Pinch of salt

1/2-1 cup (depending on hunger!) cooked mixed quinoa/regular white quinoa/buckwheat/millet/amaranth/rice
Pinch of salt

Dips and Pulses:
1/2 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp tahini
1/2 tbsp olive oil
Good pinch of salt
2-3 tbsp of water
Beetroot Hummus:
Take the recipe for regular hummus and add in 1-2 cooked beets (to taste) to food processor
Lentil Salad:
1/2- 1 cup cooked puy lentils (depending on hunger and quantities of other veg, pulses, grains etc)
1/4 shallot, finely chopped
1/2 carrot, shredded
1/2 avocado, cubed

Tahini Dressing:
1 tbsp tahini
1/2 tbsp oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp water
Peanut-butter Dressing:
1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp tamari
2-3 tbsp water
Topped with:
Sprouts / kraut / seeds / avocado
Assembling your Greens and Grains bowl is now completely up to you, but I like to choose 2 vegetables, pair them with a grain, add in a dip or portion of lentils, one of the dressings, and one of the add-ins.
All of the options taste amazing together but here are some of my favourite combinations:
1) Sautéed kale – steamed mange tout – mixed quinoa – hummus – peanut butter dressing
2) Tahini shredded beetroot – steamed string beans – amaranth – lentil salad – tahini dressing
2) Sautéed kale – shredded beetroot – quinoa – beetroot hummus – tahini dressing

Much love,

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