I was commenting a few days ago on the difference in how you feel just after eating some thing good vs something good [for you]. Post-cheese plate, I feel like “mmmmmmm… that was good, I feel satisfied and full and now I want some more wine and a nap” vs post-’hippie bowl’, I feel like “mmmmmmm… that was good, I’m so good, I make good choices and I’m healthy. I should go running in a bit and then in the morning I’ll make green drink.” OK, maybe slightly exaggerated, sometimes I have a drink after eating healthy. Balance!

My point though, is that I spend too much money at Portland’s many amazing veg-friendly restaurants, like Prasad, and the newly-opened Canteen, on their “hippie bowls” — rice, beans, greens, seeds and Japanese ingredients I don’t know the names of, and magical dressings. So this week, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own! Here’s what I came up with.

I must preface this recipe with saying that you can make this recipe the easy, quick way or the slightly healthier –do it [all] yourself — long way, your pick.

Hippie Bowl Recipe

Serves 2 (or just you and lunch tomorrow, yay!)
Ingredients:

  • Small bunch of kale
  • 1 cup rice (white or brown) — that’ll be 2 cups when it’s cooked
  • 1 can of pinto beans (drained/rinsed) — if you want to cook your own, knock yourself out.
  • 1 avocado
  • 2-3 tablespoons of tahini sauce (Trader Joes has a pre-made sauce, or you can make it with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt etc)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce or liquid aminos (I just used low sodium soy sauce)
  1. Cook 1 cup of rice (with 2 cups of water). I have a rice cooker. It’s awesome. If you don’t, make rice.
  2. Warm the beans.
  3. Wash the kale and break the leaves off the stems, tearing into smaller pieces. Put the kale in pan with a bit of water (1/4 cup?), on low-medium heat with lid on to steam the kale. Remove from heat and drain water out when the kale starts to soften and looks slightly brighter green. (You don’t want it completely wilted, just steamed)
  4. Layer the rice and then beans into bowls, pile with kale and slice a half an avocado on each bowl.
  5. To make the dressing, just whisk together the tahini sauce and soy sauce (you can of course make your own, but getting the tahini sauce at Trader Joes is easier. Yay!).
  6. Pour dressing over the top of you bowl and devour.
This recipe is similar to the Dragon Bowl at Prasad, but with more basic ingredients. I also love that it’s filling and you’re not starving like 2 hours later (it’s been known to happen when I’m eating vegan).

Do you have a favorite hippie bowl recipe? Do share!