Food in bowls. So simple, right? This actually took me more time to put together than I care to admit. It’s cool to make your dinner with tweezers and Q-tips, right? I’ve been struggling with the whole blog thing recently because it’s just so much easier to Instagram one picture, type a quick recipe, throw in a few hashtags and there ya go. Maybe I’m just maximizing the millennial market. Or maybe I have this thought in the back of my mind that for every one of my pictures and recipes, there are a thousand other bloggers and chefs out there doing it better. This is both inspiring and terrifying, but motivating none the less. I’m trying to get better at writing things down as I cook, but it’s just so…hard. I never plan out what I’m making before I make it, so the idea of having a recipe ready for the blog usually comes about three quarters of the way through eating the finished dish. As I’ve said before, my mom thinks I’m a good cook (because she doesn’t cook or use the internet,) so I’m trying to write more things down so she’ll be able to eat once I’m not around to cook every day.
Which reminds me, a lot has changed over the past few weeks. I’m officially back in Boston and officially a Registered Dietitian. A few very cool opportunities are in the pipeline and FNCE is just around the corner, but I miss LA, California, and my awesome sister who very graciously let me live on her couch for the past two months. I’m so happy to be on the east coast for fall foliage, apple picking, and all other pumpkin spice related activities, but I was expecting to be in LA for just a little bit longer. That being said, you have to go where life’s opportunities are, and currently, my home city of Boston has presented a few attractive options in the world of food and nutrition. My personal things aside, I’m going to tell you about this dish (or bowl, depending on how you serve it,) because that is what most likely drew you to this page if you haven’t scrolled directly to the recipe already.
I REALLY like fall. It’s comforting. I like sleeping with my windows open when it’s cold, wearing jeans and sweaters, and cooking the warming foods as they say (i.e. all things roasted.) This bowl was inspired by the colors of the changing leaves. I’m not kidding. The ombre leaves shifting from green to red, yellow and orange reminded me of a 90’s fruit roll up stuck in my molars and that one impacted wisdom tooth I should’ve gotten removed. I took that concept and made it healthier and ultimately much more appealing by throwing some kale on it and giving it a name like “Harvest Bowl.”
I made the roasted red pepper hummus myself, but I’m hesitant to call it hummus because I didn’t have tahini and used some soy yogurt instead. I would have added tahini if I had it, but I’m so broke right now and just couldn’t justify the purchase of an entire jar of tahini for one batch of hummus. Let’s call this a “Roasted Red Pepper Chickpea Spread” aka hummus.
I took some plain old kale, the kind that you see stuffed in floral arrangements as a non-edible decorative sacrifice, and made it more tolerable by massaging in avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper. It’s pretty cool actually. The fat from the avocado, the acid from the lemon and the salt work together to break down the kale. It acts like a ceviche, but less fish. The result is creamy delicious kale in a much smaller quantity than you originally had.
I failed to take pictures of the entire process because I’m such an inferior food blogger. If I did, you would see artfully placed chopped butternut squash and chickpeas on a roasting pan with the contrast, shadows and saturation increased to look really shadowy and insightful. Just imagine it for now.
Finally, fresh heirloom cherry tomatoes and dried cranberries top the previous ingredients to make this bowl fully seasonal, colorful and laden with a balance of creamy and crunchy and intermixing notes of sweet and savory. As a dietitian, I should probably tell you that this bowl is full of fiber to help keep you full, healthy fats from the avocado, and antioxidants from the butternut squash and tomatoes. As a cook, I should tell you that this was really really good and you should make it, but don’t spend as much time making it look pretty and writing about it as I did. Just eat it. You can thank me later.
What are your favorite cooler weather foods? Let me know!