Roasted Veggie Bowl with Dukkha

This veggie bowl is a constant in my life, I eat it at least a couple times a week for breakfast or lunch.  The combinations are endless, I just used what was leftover from my weekly CSA from Johnson’s Backyard Garden.  Top with a couple fried eggs, leftover quinoa, or shredded chicken to make it a meal.  Choose vegetables with contrasting colors to make your bowl look appealing and cover a broad spectrum of phytonutrients!

Dukkah is an Egyptian spice blend that is crazy versatile.  You can change this up as well, depending on what you have on hand.  Use whole spices so that you can toast them for maximum flavor.  Save any leftovers to sprinkle on hard boiled eggs!

IMG_5547For the dukkha spice blend:
¼ cup almonds or hazelnuts
2 T coriander seeds
2 T sesame seeds
1 T cumin seeds
1 T mustard seeds
1 t fennel seeds
1 t pink peppercorns
½ t sea salt

Makes about 1 cup

Roast the almonds or hazelnuts in the oven at 350F until just fragrant, about 7 minutes. Grind the almonds or hazelnuts until they resemble small crumbs.  Set aside.

Toast the coriander, sesame, cumin, mustard and fennel seeds until fragrant in a skillet over medium heat.  Add to a mortar and pestle along with the peppercorns and crush.  Add the nuts and the sea salt.  You can store leftovers for up to a month in a sealed container.

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For the roasted veggies:
1/2 head Romanesco cauliflower 
1 bunch scarlet turnips 
1 pound Jerusalem artichokes
1 large bunch heirloom carrots 
2 Tablespoons ghee

Preheat the oven to 425F.  Combine all of the vegetables in a large bowl and coat with ghee.  Sprinkle liberally with about 1/4 cup of the dukkha.  Roast 25-35 minutes until vegetables are soft-yet-crunchy.

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Grain Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble


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I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to come across rhubarb at my local Whole Foods the other day.  We used to have this growing in the backyard on the East Coast, but it is very rare in my experience to find fresh rhubarb anywhere in Houston.  My grandmother, Dot, who is my culinary idol and would be 99 years old this month, used to make strawberry rhubarb pie in the summer.  We would have a picnic under her carport nearly every Sunday, and her desserts were always the best part. I’m pretty sure the woman subsisted entirely on sugar for the last 10 years of her life, all 98 pounds of her!

Needless to say, I scooped up several pounds of the bright red stalks and the cashier looked at me, dumbfounded and had to look it up.  As soon as I got home, I got to work chopping the rhubarb into small pieces, freezing a good amount to stash away.  I’m not sure my grandmother would recognize the final product, or approve of the lack of actual sugar, but the idea is the same.  Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries are a match made in heaven.  I jazz them up with a bit of lemon zest, red wine and black pepper and top it with an almond flour and pine nut crumble.  This dessert is best eaten warm with a scoop of ice cream (try this coconut milk version) and shared with friends.

Ingredients:

For the filling:

2 cups strawberries,  sliced

2 cup fresh rhubarb, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

zest of one lemon

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

4 Tablespoons local honey

1 Tablespoon arrowroot

a splash or two of red wine

For the crumble: 

3/4 cup almond flour

3 Tablespoons coconut flour

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

4 Tablespoons local honey

1/4 cup grassfed butter (or coconut oil), softened

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 pan or skillet.

Assemble the filling by combining strawberries through honey.  Mix the arrowroot with the red wine until it is completely dissolved.  Add into the filling mixture and toss to coat.  Set aside.

Make the crumble.  Combine the flours, nuts, salt and pepper.  Add the honey and the butter and use a fork to cut into the flour mixture until crumbs form.  Keep pressing together until you have a workable dough.

Pour the filling into the pan.  Crumble the topping over filling.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until topping is browned and filling is bubbling.  Remove from the oven and serve warm.