Serves 1 to 2 / Ready in 10 minutes
Barely a day goes by when our blender isn’t whipping up an acai bowl. There is something addictive about acai bowls, and as far as addictions go, this is a good one! Get hooked on the antioxidant- and vitamin-rich sweetness of this fruity acai bowl with all the trimmings!
Naturally sweet dishes like this acai bowl can help tame your cravings for sugar-laden processed foods, reveals Andrea Hannemann in <Plant Over Processed>—and cutting back on added sugars is a huge win for heart health. “While the American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added/refined sugar per day for women, and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men, the average American consumes around 20 teaspoons a day! We are a nation of sugar addicts,” she writes. “The processed foods that we eat are in large part to blame.”
This stuffed eggplant is built upon layers of Middle Eastern flavours: smoky freekeh, tender chickpeas, and a herbal tahini sauce. The quick-pickled raisins add a sweet vinegary pop. Sweat it out Salting eggplant before cooking enhances the flavour by allowing eggplant to sweat out its bitterness and breaking its spongy texture.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.