pizza bowl

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The recipe for this delicious and filling pizza bowl came from Isa Does it.  Basically it is brown rice topped with kale, vegan sausage, onions and garlic.  For the sausage I used the Tofurky artisan, spinach pesto.  It is topped with a cashew based sauce, sliced olives and red pepper flakes.  The only thing I changed was I cooked the garlic for the cashew sauce. 

What I love about simple meal ideas like this is being able to recreate it and make sit your own.  For this meal I followed the recipe as it was written however, I think next time I will try it with some other pizza toppings.  Maybe a veggie lovers pizza with broccoli and peppers!  You could even create your own favorite ‘cheezy’ sauce to complete the dish.  The book also suggests trying it with polenta instead of rice for a more Italian style dish.

falafel and kale salad

On a recent visit to Trader Joe’s, I discovered pre-made frozen falafel.  Of course nothing beats freshly made falafel, however I knew this would be great for a quick weeknight meal.  I decided to include them in a to kale salad with tahini dressingkalesalad.

For the kale I used Lacinato, also called Dino kale.  De-stem and cut into thin ribbons.
falafel
pomegranate seeds
avocado
sliced black olives

 

 

For the tahini dressing.
1/4 cup tahini
3 roasted garlic cloves, minced
juice of one lemon
1 tbsp water
pepper to taste

Mix together the ingredients with the dressing.  Let the salad rest in the refrigerator for a few minutes to allow the kale to soften.

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I think this was a good use for the falafel.  Since there is no Trader Joe’s nearby I may use chickpeas next time.