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Roasted Veggie Power Bowls

Makes 4 large bowls

Grain Bowl Ingredients:
1 block extra firm tofu
1 large purple beet (or two small beets), peeled & diced into 1/2″ cubes
1 large golden beet (or two small beets), peeled & diced into 1/2″ cubes
1 fennel bulb, stalks removed, cored, and thinly shaved
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 red onion, thinly sliced with a mandoline
1 large carrot, shaved and rolled
4 cups arugula
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
Fresh mint leaves, torn for garnish

Turmeric Tahini Dressing Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup tahini
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
2 tablespoons water (as needed, to thin)
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Prepare the tofu by slicing it into 1″ thick slices. Lay the slices on a paper towel-lined baking sheet, then cover the tofu with another layer of paper towels. Place a cutting board on top of the covered slices to press out the excess water from the tofu. (Place a cookbook or a heavy pot on top of the cutting board to help apply weight and pressure so that extra water is forced out of the tofu. This pressing and draining step will help the tofu achieve a better texture when baking.) Press and drain the tofu slices for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In two separate bowls, prepare the beets and fennel. Toss the diced beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Toss the shaved fennel with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place the prepared beets and fennel in a large roasting pan and roast for 15 minutes or until the fennel starts to turn golden brown. Remove the fennel and continue roasting the beets for another 15 minutes, or until the beets are fork tender.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the quinoa on the stovetop using a 2:1 liquid-to-grain ratio. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil and add the quinoa. Stir, cover, and turn down the heat to low. Check after 15 minutes to see if the quinoa is tender, or if more liquid is needed to finish cooking. The small kernels expand as they soak up the cooking liquid. When tender and ready, you’ll see a tiny curlicue emerge; this is the beginning of a quinoa sprout, (and a sign of doneness.) Remove from the heat when done.
  4. After the tofu has drained, remove the weights and paper towels and cut the tofu slices into 1″ cubes. Gently toss the tofu cubes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch until evenly coated. Spread the tofu cubes across a lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 400°F for 30 minutes. Half way through baking, turn the tofu pieces. Bake until the tofu is baked and crisped on all sides.
  5. Prepare the turmeric tahini dressing by whisking all of the ingredients together until the dressing is combined.
  6. Thinly slice the red onion using a mandoline. Shave the carrot into ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Tear the mint leaves for a garnish.
  7. Once all of the ingredients are prepared, assemble the bowls. Add a scoop of cooked quinoa to each bowl, then add the roasted beets, roasted fennel, and baked tofu. Continue building the bowl by adding a few slices of red onion, a few ribbons of carrot, and a handful of arugula. Drizzle the bowl with the dressing and then garnish with pistachios and fresh mint leaves.

Comforting Minestrone Soup

Serves 4 – 6

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 celery stalks, dice
2 carrots, cut on the bias into slices
2 small potatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 bay leaves
1 Parmesan cheese rind
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
6 cups vegetable broth
1 can (15.5 oz) Great Northern beans
1 can (15.5 oz) butter beans
1 cup ditalini pasta (or other small pasta)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 cup frozen peas
3 cups chopped kale
Parmesan cheese, shaved, for serving


  1. Start by making the mirepoix. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for about 3 minutes until softened. Add the celery and carrots, and continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Add the potatoes and garlic and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste.
  3. Add the bay leaves, Parmesan rind, canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, Great Northern and butter beans, ditalini pasta, salt, pepper, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the soup for another 20-25 minutes. Use tongs to remove the Parmesan rind, bay leaves, and thyme stems.
  5. Stir in the red wine vinegar, frozen peas, and chopped kale. Cook for one more minute, or until the kale just begins to wilt. Serve with shaved Parmesan cheese as a garnish on top.