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Vibrant roasted winter vegetable bowls with black rice, roasted yams, turnips, carrots, beets, and warmly-spiced nutmeg tahini dressing. – A clean, nutrient-rich, filling meal perfect for weeknight meals and holiday entertaining.
This post is sponsored by Love Beets.
Hey-o! It’s the last big push before Christmas, how are we spending our weekend? Last-minute Christmas shopping and baking up as many gluten-free christmas cookies as we can muster? Slippering up, hunkering down, and avoiding the crowds?
It’s supposed to be CHILL-AAAY here, so my only plan is to attend sweaty spin and yoga classes in pursuit of warmth, and enjoy my indoor twinkle lights with an everlasting supply of coffee. This evening, a Christmas movie marathon with festive holiday cocktails is losely penciled in. Actually, one of my friends suggested we watch the Christmas movies on fast-forward and hit play during the “good” parts. Does anyone do this? Watch movies on fast-forward? Is that a thing I’m 18 trillion years late to, like bellinis, Breaking Bad, and lululemon? If you’re in the habit of watching movies on fast forward, or have done so at least one time in your life, hit.this.girl.UP! <- that’s an expression in case you’re 18 trillion years late to it. Please don’t actually hit me.
Food. DO we dare step away from holiday treats long enough to take in some vitamins? Actually, I’ve been doing pretty well avoiding most of the holiday treat offerings that have surrounded me, save for eating my weight in these gluten-free brownies, and this insane in the membrane fudge. So basically, I’m the one who could use a hiatus from sugar.
If you remember the Roasted Root Vegetable Buddha Bowls with Maple Cinnamon Tahini I posted a few years ago, the concept for this recipe is pretty similar. We’re roasting up a few varieties of hearty winter vegetables for these bowls, serving them atop black (forbidden) rice with fresh baby arugula, and drizzling this super flavorful nutmeg tahini dressing on top to bring it all together. Plus, we sprinkle with pomegranate seeds for a little pomp and circumstance.
Rainbow carrots, turnip, yams, and beets make this meal super hearty and nutritious. For the beet portion of the recipe, I used Love Beets Organic Cooked Beets, which helped cut out a substantial amount of time and prep. Beets require more time than most vegetables to roast (45 to 90 minutes), so eliminating the chopping and roasting of the beets helps cut down on the preparation time of the recipe, since the other vegetables only need about 20 to 25 minutes of bake time.
I’ve been working with Love Beets for a number of years as one of their recipe developers, and absolutely love the convenience of simply opening up the package, chopping, and serving the beets to make healthy meal prep a breeze. Eliminating the substantial amount of cook time, not to mention avoiding the imminent dying of hands, clothes, kitchen floor, etc. with beet juice that comes with handling raw beets, means I consume beets much more frequently than I would otherwise, in so many different ways. While I used the original unflavored cooked beets for these bowls, any of their marinated beets would be a stellar addition!
Meals and shared dishes during the holidays needn’t be complicated, so being able to cut corners while still keeping food healthful is a major win. I’ve used Love Beets Cooked beets in a number of my family’s traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes, as well as countless non-traditional holiday meals, just like these roasted winter vegetable rice bowls. For those of you who will be taking a less traditional approach to holiday meals, this recipe is a great option for serving to guests, or simply enjoying throughout the winter months. You can find Love Beets products in the produce section of your grocery store. Use Love Beets Store Locator to check them out at a store near you.
Let’s talk tahini. I love the stuff. If you haven’t tried using tahini in a homemade sauce or dressing, I highly recommend! Tahini is packed with nutrients and when added to some sort of sauce/spread/dip situation, it yields creamy consistency without the need for less healthful ingredients, such as heavy cream or mayonnaise. My number one choice for enjoying veggie-packed bowls, this particular tahini dressing adventure includes freshly grated nutmeg (you can also use store-bought), cinnamon, and pure maple syrup, creating a warm and inviting meal.
And that’s it! You can modify these bowls to include any of your favorite seasonal vegetables, and play around the the tahini dressing flavor to your heart’s delight. Whatever your approach, I wish you health and happiness throughout the holiday season and beyond!
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For the Rice Bowls:
1-1/2 cups black rice, uncooked1 bunch rainbow carrots, peeled and chopped1 large turnip, peeled and chopped1 large sweet potato, sliced into ¼-inch rounds1 (8.8-ounce) package Love Beets cooked beets, chopped5 ounces baby arugula1/3 cup pomegranate arils
Nutmeg Tahini Dressing:
3 tablespoons tahini1 tablespoon cider vinegar1 tablespoon pure maple syrup¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon1/8 teaspoon ground nutmegPinch sea salt
Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F. Spread the sweet potato rounds in an even layer on a large baking sheet, and spread the carrots and turnips over a separate baking sheet. Drizzle all of the veggies with olive oil and use your hands to coat the full surface of the veggies. Sprinkle with salt and place both baking sheets in the oven. Roast for 20 minutes, then remove the carrots and turnips. Flip the sweet potatoes and roast an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until golden-brown and cooked through. While the vegetables are roasting, cook the rice according to package instructions. Add all the ingredients for the tahini sauce to a small blender and blend until smooth. Taste for flavor and add more sea salt, maple syrup, or nutmeg to taste. Divide the rice among 3 to 4 bowls, then add heaping handfuls of arugula to each bowl, along with desired amount of roasted carrots, turnips, sweet potato, and beets. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and drizzle with nutmeg tahini dressing. Serve and enjoy!
Serving Size 1 g
Amount Per ServingUnsaturated Fat 0g