Tabbouleh is a middle eastern salad consisting of lots of fresh herbs, (parsley and mint) bulgur, tomato, cucumber and is dressed with olive oil and lemon. You will often see tabbouleh having a higher ratio of bulgur to herbs, but traditionally the herbs are the star. This is just my little spin on it, more inspired by tabbouleh than being tabbouleh perhaps. The black rice is striking, and makes for a visually appealing side dish if you want to impress.
I decided to slice the tomatoes and plate them around the rice for the visual appeal. Mix them in if you want to.
I garnish this with Vegan Feta (I used VioLife brand, it works really well in this recipe) and toasted walnuts. This particular brand of vegan feta is really rich and creamy. I don't think every vegan feta would do what I want it to do in this dish. Alternatively, I would just drizzle more olive oil over top.
Power Bowls, Buddah Bowls, Rainbow Bowls....whatever you want to call them...they are one of my favourite ways to eat. Pick basically any cuisine and build in roasted and fresh veggies, pulses and grains, whatever your heart desires basically...and add appropriate dressings/condiments. I can't think of an easier entry level way to eat for someone looking to adopt a whole food plant based diet.
This bowl has greens, roasted broccoli, sweet potato, Portobello mushrooms, steamed edamame, avocado, sprouts and a mixture of green lentils and brown rice. I drizzle everything with a simple Ginger Miso Dressing, which is the recipe I am sharing. It has sesame oil, garlic, lime & dates. Garnish with toasted walnuts if desired.
For the veg prep:
Brown Rice and Green Lentils.
I didn't measure anything.
Sweet Potato, Broccoli & Mushrooms.
Ginger Miso Dressing
Spelt Flour Pizza Dough
Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Spelt Flour Pizza Recipe Notes
When asked what my favourite food is, I always respond with "Pizza." As much as I love a million other cuisines and meals, there's just something about a flatbread covered with delicious toppings and cheese. I love making a classic pizza crust with bread flour, I don't feel bad about eating things made with white flour on occasion. Sometimes though, I'm just in the mood for whole grains, and that is where this recipe comes in. I love spelt flour. I use it to make my favourite spelt pancakes, and I really like using it to make a nutty wholesome pizza crust.
What is Spelt Flour
Tips for delicious Vegan Pizza
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These spelt flour pancakes are my new favourite pancake!!!! They are so delicious, and no more difficult to prepare than any other pancake. Spelt flour is a species of wheat that has been cultivated since 5000 BC. Compared to regular wheat it has a lower amount of gluten and a higher level of protein. It is also water soluble which makes it easier for the body to digest and absorb it's nutrients. It is a wholegrain flour that is most able to mimic all purpose white flour in cooking. I honestly was so impressed with the flavour and texture of these pancakes, so this fact is not surprising to me. A bit of nuttiness as it's a whole grain flour, but it wasn't as dense as regular whole wheat flour. Try swapping 25% of your all purpose flour with spelt in baked goods. I definitely would use it in muffins or fruit crisps.
Nutritional Breakdown of Spelt flour
In 1 cup of spelt flour (amount used in this recipe)
Carlories : 480 cal
Fat : 4 grams
Carbs 88 grams
Protein : 16 grams
Fiber : 16 grams
Vitamins and minerals
Spelt flour contains vitamins B, E and is a source of magnesium, calcium, potassium & Iron.
Iron is often thought of to be something we need meat in order to have sufficient levels but it is also found in beans, lentils, and vegetables. Iron aids blood circulation in the body, helps to metabolize proteins and is involved in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body. Hemoglobin is a part of red blood cells that carry oxygen and remove carbon dioxide (a waste product) from the body. Low iron levels can cause anemia. Consuming iron rich plant based foods (and apparently pairing it with vitamin C) can help prevent and treat anemia, though supplementation may be necessary for some people.
Quick chat about Date Caramel.
If you haven't made date caramel before, let me tell you, it's easy AF and is life changing. Blend up dates with water or plant milk.....yup, that simple. I added vanilla, salt & fresh ginger to make this lovely caramel that you could use in a variety of contexts. I loved it with these pancakes. Eat it with yogurt, spoon onto vegan ice cream, use in tarts or in any which way. You can make DELICIOUS things using whole foods, and avoid all the processed crap.
OK moving on to what you really want, the recipe!
Spelt Flour Pancakes
Date Ginger Caramel
Who doesn't love granola. This is my go to recipe. Use any combination of nuts, seeds & dried fruit. Chocolate chips are a worthy addition if that is your thing. I don't always mix my dried fruit into the entire batch. Instead I just add it whenever I'm using a portion so that I can switch it up if I want to. I just don't want that commitment haha! If I'm in the mood for raisins one day, dried cranberries the next, or some chocolate here and there I can make it happen. I love granola with vegan yogurt or oat milk, pr as a garnish on smoothie bowls or even sprinkled into a green salad with fresh berries. Delicious!
** In the first photo I dehydrated my own strawberries. I sliced 2 pints of strawberries and used all of them in a batch of granola. I put sliced strawberries in my dehydrator at 140F. After 3 hours some of them were ready. However, some of the thicker ones took 4 times longer. I just keep checking every couple hours and removing any that are ready. For the record, dehydrated strawberries taste like candy, but are definitely a lot better for you!
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