Most people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I personally get most excited about lunch. People who say “I was too busy, I forgot to eat lunch”… I don’t get you. But maybe I’m the only weirdo who eats breakfast and then immediately starts counting down the hours ’til lunch?
This bowl was inspired by one ordinary day last week when I made a quick lunch for myself with kale, sweet potatoes, some other things I had on hand, and these Yves Kale & Quinoa Bites. It’s definitely an “I work from home” kind of lunch, but the whole thing came together within the 20 or so minutes that it took to roast the sweet potato cubes. I usually have most of these ingredients on-hand so this sort of bowl is a go-to formula for me.
What kicks this bowl up a notch are these tasty Kale & Quinoa Bites. I think they taste like mini falafels, plus they add some good veggie protein to your bowl. They’re a yummy little addition, especially if you’re not someone who has time during your lunch break to make homemade falafel.
I marinated my chickpeas in a zippy lemon-dijon dressing and then basically smothered everything in olive oil, lemon juice, and tahini. Done and done. Now I’m off to start thinking about what’s for dinner…
- 1 small sweet potato, cubed
- 8 Yves Kale & Quinoa Bites
- ¾ cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1 lemon
- ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 8 to 10 lacinato kale leaves, chopped
- 6 paper-thin slices from 1 Chioggia beet or watermelon radish
- ½ avocado, diced (optional)
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 tablespoons runny tahini (thin with warm water if necessary)**
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the sweet potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and pinches of salt and pepper and roast for 25 minutes. Halfway through add the Yves Kale & Quinoa Bites to the baking sheet.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the chickpeas, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, Dijon mustard and pinches of salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, massage the kale with a drizzle of olive oil, ½ tablespoon lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. We’re seasoning every layer here to make sure all of the vegetables are flavorful.
- Assemble two large individual serving bowls with the kale, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, Yves Kale & Quinoa Bites, beet or radish slices and avocado, if using. Sprinkle with the hemp seeds and red pepper flakes, if using. Drizzle with the tahini sauce and another big squeeze of lemon, if desired. Serve with lemon wedges.
2 tablespoons tahini
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
½ teaspoon maple syrup
1 to 2 tablespoons warm water, as needed
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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