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Persian Inspired Winter Wellness Bowls

Persian_ Inspired_Winter_Wellness_Bowls

Warm Persian spices and a creamy honey tahini dressing make these winter wellness bowls feel like a treat. Broccoli and cauliflower are rich in vitamin C, especially important in the colder months. They also improve digestion and aid in the body’s detoxification process. Mushrooms provide an excellent plant based source of protein, and also offer important antioxidants and minerals. Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is a great plant based source of calcium, important for strengthening bones. All these components keep well, so make a double batch and enjoy healthy meals all week long.

Total Time 35 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups mushrooms, cut into halves or quarters
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked per package instructions
  • ½ cup diced tofu, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss together the cauliflower, broccoli, 1 tablespoon olive oil, oregano, thyme, and cumin along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, tossing half way through, until tender and starting to turn golden in places.
  2. In a skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, and cook undisturbed for 1 minute. Add a pinch of salt and the minced garlic, and stir, cooking for another 3-4 minutes until just tender.
  3. While everything cooks, make the dressing. Whisk together all the ingredients, and season to taste with more lemon if needed.
  4. To serve, divide the rice between two bowls. Top with the mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, and tofu if using. Drizzle over the dressing to taste, and enjoy!

Honey Tahini Dressing (makes roughly 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Whisk together all the ingredients, and season to taste with more lemon if needed.

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