Bowl food. It’s the latest craze! But while I was creating a Pinterest board for vegan bowl food, Jackie Sobon went ahead and created an awesome cookbook. Darn it! 🙂 Actually, I LOVE this cookbook. It is filled with more than 100 one-dish, plant-based bowls that everyone can enjoy, vegan or not. They’re hearty, nutritious and delicious, and sure to please anyone. Just take a look at that Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl, doesn’t it look fun?.
Start it off Right
Most of the time, I skip the intros (sorry ya’ll). They are just too long and I just want to look at all pictures and start ear-marking the recipes I want to make. This book was different. Of course it’s filled with amazing recipes and photos but I actually read the Introduction part. First of all, Jackie’s intro was short and secondly, it’s uncomplicated! Who doesn’t like that? It’s basically a quick overview on why Bowl Food is awesome and how you can become a master of your own Bowl Food recipes. I want to be a MASTER! Teach me your ways, Jackie!
Chapter By Chapter
Typically, when you think of foods in a bowl, it’s limited to cereals and soups, maybe salads. This isn’t a typical cookbook though! Vegan Bowl Attack covers recipes from the time you wake in the morning through dessert (and maybe a late night snack as well). The chapters include:
- Bountiful breakfast bowls – like this Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl
- Lil’ snack bowls – including her Simple Guacamole because everyone loves guac
- Satisfying soup and salad bowls – Smoky Corn Chowder sounds like a perfect fall soup
- Enticing entree bowls- Fish Taco Bowl (without fish!!!), I’m in
- Dessert bowls- Amaretto Cherry Ice Cream anyone?
- Bowl essentials for some extra tips and tricks.
All the recipes are vegan, however, if you have other special restrictions, you may have to change a thing or two.
Gluten, soy, some nuts and sugar are used in certain recipes in this cookbook, however, the recipes are clearly labeled what they are “free” of. Substitutions are given at times which is helpful, but as always, make changes when necessary to fit your specific diet.
For us, the recipes are already dairy, egg & fish free, but since we MUST avoid nuts, I simply have used seeds and nut-free butter instead. Everything is adaptable, as you will see in the Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl recipe I included below!
Let’s Make Something
As part of Vegan Bowl Attack’s blog tour, I’ve chosen to make a recipe that anyone can make. This recipe is healthy, delicious and all those spinach greens made me feel like Popeye afterwards.
Apple Pie Smoothie
- 1.5 pounds green apples (organic, cored and chopped)
- 2 medium frozen bananas (peeled and sliced)
- 3 cups fresh spinach (packed)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 2 teaspoons lucuma powder ((or use maca as original recipe calls for))
- coconut milk (if needed)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds ((or almonds if no-nut allergy))
- 1/4 cup dried dates (pitted)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Place all the ingredients in a blender, in the order listed (apples in the bottom).
Press down firmly in the blender so the apples create the liquid needed to purée the rest of the ingredients. If necessary, add a little bit of coconut milk for a smoother consistency.
Pour into 2 bowls and store in freezer while making the topping.
- In a food processor, pulse the sunflower seeds, dates and cinnamon until small pieces form. Be careful not to over process into a paste.
Shake topping over each smoothie bowl and serve.
What recipes are you looking forward to trying from Vegan Bowl Attack!?
Have you tried eating a smoothie in a bowl before? Is there a “bowl” type dish that you love to make?
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