I went to my first Sweet Green last month while in Villanova for a family trip with the brothers. I was in dire need of nourishing food after being stuck at a football game full of pretzels, cheese pizza, popcorn, and all the junk food you could ever dream of. Let's just say I was super irritable & Sweet Green was about to become my happy place. I got the warm bowl with a mediterranean flare. I immediately was in love & had to make my own at home. A cheaper version that can last for more than one meal. So here it is! My version and it was a hit. A great meal to make ahead of time for all those busy on-the-go individuals. Get creative with your veggies & maybe leave some raw for that extra crunchy crunch. ENJOY!
What you need:
- 2c wild rice
- 16oz chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- Romaine lettuce
- 1 Onion
- 32oz mushrooms
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp turmeric
- dash of red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp of fresh ginger (minced)
- herbs (cilantro/ basil) *optional
Instructions: Very simple friends!
First, start boiling your water for wild rice (read packaging for directions, it can take a long time. Not a joke.) Set aside when done.
Set oven at 350 & drain/dry chickpeas, simply adding pinch of cayenne pepper, pepper & salt to taste. Toss & place on pan. Roast for 20 minutes or until crunchy & slightly brown. Once done, set aside.
While the rice is cooking, add a half cup of water to a sauce pan & heat at medium - low. Once heated, add in the diced onions. Cook until translucent, then add in red pepper flakes, fresh ginger, soy sauce & the spices (except the herbs.) Let cook for 3 minutes. Then add in the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms release the water. Add the broccoli to warm at the end, to keep it crunchy. Feel free to add more spice if needed, or a squeeze of lemon for acidity. Set aside mixture.
Either buy pre-made, or make this 30 second tahini sauce:
Mix equal parts tahini and water, add lemon, garlic powder, pinch of salt mix until combined.
Chop the romaine lettuce and dice the carrots to quarter size.
Place romaine lettuce in your bowl (make sure it's a big one) as the base.
Then, personalize it from there. Placing all the goodies on top as you wish.
Told you it was easy friends!