Curried Garbanzo & Spinach Buddha Bowl

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They say that the best way to experience a culture is through food and sharing a meal with locals. I have found this to be tested and true, and undoubtedly why everyone was fascinated and drawn to the late Anthony Bourdain. When you share a meal with others, you learn so much about culture. This is why, when I travel, I make it point to dive deep in through cooking classes. The more intimate the better. You learn so much about someone a and the intricacies of that culture.

It deems like India was long ago, but as I made this Curried Garbanzo with Spinach “Buddha Bowl” it took me back to my cooking class in Udaipur inside the home of Shahi. At the beginning of class, Shashi sat us down and told us her life story. Belonging to the Brahmin class of the Indian caste system, Shashi had no way to support herself and her two young boys following the death of her husband. Brahmin's aren't allowed to perform certain work, such as clothes washing and cleaning, leaving Shashi, who didn't speak any English, with few choices. Her son's friends convinced her that her cooking was so good she ought to teach classes.

Shashi now speaks fluent English and her cooking school is the #1 rated thing to do on TripAdvisor in Udaipur. The 5-hour course tantalized our senses with exotic smells and tastes... a feast of great proportions!

This dish was inspired from the recipes I learned at Shasi’s. It makes for a fiber-rich, meatless, and low-sodium delicious meal with rice.

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Curried Garbanzo with Spinach Buddha Bowl

Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan,

Recipe Makes 4 Servings

What You’ll Need

2 teaspoons olive oil

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp chopped ginger

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tbsp chopped turmeric

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

2 bay leaves

2 pureed tomatoes

1 pound baby spinach,

Mineral salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans

2 cups steamed white rice, for serving

What You’ll Need To Know

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a skillet over a medium heat and add in garlic, ginger, turmeric and bay leaf until fragrant.

Add onion and cook until softened, 5-6 minutes.

Add in tomatoes, chili powder, coriander, cumin and cook about 1 minute. Add garbanzo beans and 1/2 cup water.

Season with salt and pepper and simmer until tomatoes are broken down and sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Fold in spinach.

Serve over steamed white rice.

Sun-dried Tomato & Prosciutto Savory Oats

 

It’s National Oatmeal Day! And, one of my favorite ways to enjoy oats is by making it them into savory oats.

Have you tried savory oats? They are so good! The combination of bone broth, coconut milk and oats make for one tasty start to the day. The sun-dried tomatoes give this dish an umami taste, that is tied together with the prosciutto. I used Prosciutto di daniele, but it is totally optional. This kind of prosciutto is darker in color and sweeter in flavor than prosciutto di parma and compliments this dish very nicely.

 

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Sun-dried Tomato & Prosciutto Savory Oats

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

 

What You’ll Need

Sun-dried Tomato & Prosciutto Savory Oats

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup bone broth (I used this brand)

1/8 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp dried oregano

San Francisco Salt Co lemon rosemary sea salt, to taste

1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes

2 roasted garlic cloves

1/3 cup Oat Bran

1 tbs coconut oil

3 sliced mushrooms

Toppings:

Sun-dried tomatoes

Roasted garlic

Capers

Mushrooms

1/4 slices avocado

Green onion, sliced

Prosciutto di daniele.

What You’ll Need To Know

In a high speed blender add in 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1/2 cup bone broth, 1/8 tsp cumin, oregano, lemon rosemary sea salt, 1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, 2 roasted garlic cloves and blend for about 30 sec.

Over med heat add savory milk mix to a sauce pan and 1/3 cups oat bran and cook for about 3-4 min, staring occasionally.

While this is cooking, in a skillet heat up 1 tbs coconut oil and sautée 3 sliced mushrooms for abut 2-3 min.

Pour oats in a bowl and garnish with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, capers, mushrooms, 1/4 slices avocado, green onion, and prosciutto di daniele.

 

Staycation 101

Sometimes jumping on a plane, train or automobile isn’t in the cards, and your only opportunity to vacate is at home sweet home. Truth be told, there’s nothing mundane about planning a staycation and, if done right, it can be more restful than the rigamarole of planning a trip that takes you far and wide. Here are our tidbits of advice to help you feel like you’ve spoiled yourself properly in your very own casa.

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Turn Off

A simple vacation from your devices is enough to sometimes feel like you’ve taken a relaxing hiatus from life. Without the distractions of texting, Snapping, and reading endless emails, your brain will get the mental detox it so deeply deserves. Turn those phones and laptops off and truly vacate.

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Turn Up

Make yourself a chill playlist to get you in the mood to veg out or get playful. My recent playlist can get you started with your vacay vibes, but to make this feel even more like a treat, pick a theme and put together a playlist to match. A few ukulele tunes may be all you need to transport you to the beaches of Maui.

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Treat Yo’ Self

Order in the most delicious dinner delivery, get an in-home spa service like a manicure or massage, or run yourself an indulgently long and warm bath to soak in. Whatever your pleasure, give yourself all the creature comforts you would indulge in while on vacation.

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Indulge in Simple Pleasures

We often forget the little gestures that hotels make when you are away. Be it spa water (with sliced cucumbers in it), extra cozy slippers, plush bathrobes, perfectly crisp and ironed sheets; all of these elements can make your humble abode feel like a boutique hotel.

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Wanderlust Delivered

From vacation to staycation, Song & Sea Wanderlust Box has all the things you need for the perfect escape. Each box makes you feel like a mini vaycay. (Psss.. LR readers get 40% off their first order!)

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Netflix & Chill

All those films you’ve been dying to watch? Give yourself the luxury of tucking in to your very own film festival. Pop some popcorn and make it feel like an event… in your cozies, of course.