A Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce

January 3, 2017

A Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce by Faring Well

Happy merry belated everything! Scott and I went to our parents homes in Phoenix for a whirlwind two days for Christmas, which was so special, but goodness does if feel good to have the (sweet) holidays behind us and be embarking into this new year. We celebrated our own Christmas with just the two of us on a separate day, where he gave me this gift and I cried (I’m a big time cryer when it comes to receiving gifts, I can’t help myself, people are just too kind). And then I gave myself the week off through New Years, with a small bit of work here or there, and it was just what the Jessie-doctor ordered. I spent time organizing and cleaning our home and kitchen. Stared into the pantry and fridge, thinking about what I felt was missing and wished to create – rather than what I had to create. It was freeing, and necessary.

I thought about this bowl often, which I had created the week prior for Urban Outfitters, and you can now view on their blog here. What shocked me the most about this bowl were the colors. It’s incredible the hues you find at the famers markets even in winter. I know we have a bit of a special situation here in southern California. There are still organic and locally grown bell peppers, zucchini, and strawberries sitting next to piles of potatoes, squash, beets, and Brussel sprouts every weekend when I walk the rows of white tents. However, I try to stick to only what is in peak season when I make my produce purchases, knowing well that these items will be what taste the best. Plus there is something to be said for waiting. A watermelon isn’t as wonderful until you have pained the heat of summer to await it’s juicy arrival in late July and August. And so it goes for the earthy beets and punch-y pomegranate seeds added to this bowl today.

I wanted to take a moment and encourage you during this time where lofty goals and soon-to-be unkept resolutions are made. While I am a dreamer at the very least, and absolutely believe in setting forth to achieve solid life goals, there is something to be said about this time of year and our health. The most incredible piece of healthcare technology on the planet is your body. Loving and caring for it intentionally with wholesome ingredients will equip it to detoxify daily. A three week cleanse followed by eleven months of a rollercoaster of ups and downs is no good. Live the lifestyle your body calls for every day, feed it real food, and enjoy life. I try not to preach my beliefs here often, and subsidize with life lessons and stories instead. But I couldn’t help but feel for so many who will experience these heaps of pressure followed by let downs over the next few months, and wanted to give an encouraging few words from me to you. Goodness knows I’ve needed to hear these in the past as well. Happy 2017 folks, lets make it a freakin’ awesome one.

A Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce by Faring WellA Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce by Faring WellA Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce by Faring WellA Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce by Faring WellA Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce by Faring WellA Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce by Faring WellA Hippie Winter Bowl w/ Tangy Cashew Sauce by Faring Well

Makes 4 servings.  

building the bowl
1 cup quinoa, dry
2 cups water
pinch of salt
1 bunch of kale
4 beets
1 – 15ounce package of extra firm tofu
salt & pepper
olive oil for cooking
fresh broccoli sprouts
pomegranate seeds

the sauce
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight
1 cup fresh water
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon mellow white miso
zest of a small orange
juice from one small lemon
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon tamari
1/4 teaspoon raw honey
sea salt to taste

Make the cashew sauce: combine all of the listed ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth. Using the tamper as needed to help the sauce along. Add more water to thin if necessary, and salt according to taste. Transfer to an airtight jar and set aside, storing any leftover sauce in the fridge and using within one week.

Begin by cooking the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh colander until the water runs clear. Add to a medium pot on the stove with the 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover with a lid, and let cook until all of the water is absorbed (12 to 15 minutes). When finished cooking, remove the pot from the heat and leave covered. Set aside to steam for another 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

While the quinoa is cooking, wash and trim the beets and add them to a pot on the stove. Add enough water to cover them fully. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat a bit to a low boil. Cook until soft (20 to 25 minutes). Remove from the water and let cool on a plate before slicing.

Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove to medium heat with a few tablespoons on olive oil. Drain the extra firm tofu, and press gently between two paper towels to drain of excess water. Slice into 16 cubes, and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Place the cubes seasoned-side down in the skillet. Sprinkle the bare sides of tofu with additional salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes on each side until browned. Set aside on a towel lined plate to drain of excess oil.

While the above three are cooking, rinse and trim the kale leaves. Tear them into small bite size pieces, and add them to a steamer basket in a third pot on the stove. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to allow the water to simmer, and cover the pot with a lid. Let steam for 5 minutes, or until wilted but still bright green.

Build the bowls: Add the steamed kale to the pot of fluffed quinoa and toss together. Divide between 4 bowls. Slice each beet in half, and then into 1/2 inch pieces. Top each bowl with one beet’s worth of slices. Top with crispy tofu, broccoli sprouts, and a few sprinkles of pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with the cashew sauce and serve right away (with a few pinches of sea salt and black pepper if needed).

This post was sponsored by Urban Outfitters. All words and opinions are my own, and I truly love working with this company. Thank you for supporting Faring Well by supporting it’s wonderful sponsors!

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  • Reply Pia January 3, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I’ve said it before, but I shall not hesitate to repeat myself: Happiest of New Year’s, Jessie. You are such a generous, grounded and caring soul, who truly deserves nothing but the best. In saying that, I know life is not perfect and there are bound to be challenges, both big and small, every once in a while, but I believe that it is those obstacles that shape us the most, for they are essentially opportunities for growth. So, while I’m obviously keeping my fingers crossed that 2017 is a good and positive year for you, free of painful struggles, I also hope that, should tough times arise, you are able to tackle the given issue with confidence and come out of it stronger and wiser than before.
    Apart from that, I also hope this year is full of new experiences and lessons, fun adventures, peace, love, fulfillment, gratitude, kindness, happiness, rainbow food ;) and whatnot.
    So, cheers to the new year, Jessie! HUGS xxx

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Pia, I hope we can meet IRL one day so I can give you the hug you deserve. I so appreciate you girl, thank you for this ^^. I hope this year brings just as many struggles as well, I’ve never enjoyed a year more than the ones that do – wise words coming from you here on that topic. I hope this year yields the same for you sweet girl! Lots of hugs, and cheers Pia! Woot woot! XO

      • Reply Pia January 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

        One day we certainly will! Let me warn you though that I can be quite a nutcase and am a bit of a weirdo -no shame :P Until then, however, thank you and big big BIG virtual hugs right back at you, darling xx <3

  • Reply Karlie January 3, 2017 at 4:46 am

    You are so sweet! I love hearing your stories. The love you feel for others is palpable and its so inspiring to read.
    This bowl is right up my alley – I am making that sauce ASAP! xx

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Aw Karlie! Thank you! Such a sweet soul you have leaving me this note here, I hope you make and adore the sauce too – let me know! Happy weekend now girl, xx.

  • Reply Genevieve January 3, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Happy new year Jessie! I’m excited for the new year, too. This tangy cashew sauce sounds dope, I’m always looking for new dressings and can’t wait to try this one! <3

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Genevieve! HNY to you too. So grateful for the sauce love, I hope you love it if you give it a whirl! Loved seeing you in culinary school on Insta the other day too, how exciting! xo

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker January 3, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Happiest New Year my friend! I love the smallest gifts (they meant the most) and that banner is so great! I love reading your posts and hope you know how truly talented and wonderful you are and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for you! I’ve been needing more nourishing bowls in my life lately, so I can’t wait to try this one. xo

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Abby, this was so sincere and sweet, just like you! I appreciate the encouragement more than you know, and am wishing you the best as we embark on this stellar (and one and only) 2017. XO right back at you.

  • Reply Sus // roughmeasures.com January 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Happy New Year Jessie! It sounds like you had a wonderful time, and that cute banner is so adorable! This is everything January needs, and that sauce, oh my I need it on repeat every day! Here’s to a kick ass 2017 for you, I’m excited to see where this space of yours will take you this year!

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Thank you Sus! I’m glad you loved the banner too, and I’m with you on having that sauce every day – if only people knew how amazing veggies taste when smothered with something like this! And thank you for your encouragement and overall just sweetened on this space and what this year may bring. Wishing you the best too on your adventures! <3

  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious.com January 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    What a healthy and delicious way to start off the year and stay balanced all season long!

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Thank you Tori! I’m glad you think so too, and HNY! xx

  • Reply Chelsea | The Whole Bite January 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    love love love all of this! And those cute little bowls? SO ADORABLE! Happy belated Christmas/New Year’s to you, Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Aw thank you Chelsea! And I know right, those bowls are so fun. Happy belated Christmas and NY to you too girl! Hope you’re having a stellar start <3 lots of hugs.

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full January 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    YES – the most important healthcare technology is your body. In America we spend so much money on medical services, without taking into consideration how we take care of our bodies through diet and exercise. It’s an echo of the “food as medicine” philosophy that I think we all could stand to live by!! So cheers to taking care of our bodies through health, nutritious, and delicious foods in 2017, and in ALL years to come. Sending hugs, Jessie!! (PS That banner Scott got you is so cute!!)

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

      YES. Mega big time cheers to all of this friend. Our bodies are AMAZING. Adore you.

  • Reply Lily January 3, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I have been wanting to make something like lately. THANK YOU!
    Also where did you get theses bowls with holes for the chopsticks and where did you get your lovely liquid measuring cup?

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Hi Lily! You are so welcome, thank you for your sweet note. As for the bowls, they are from Urban Outfitters. And the measuring glass is from Schoolhouse Electric!

  • Reply Ashley January 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    This bowl looks amazingly delicious. The colors are stunning and I love finding new ways to use beets because they are my fav =) Happy 2017, Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Right! All about those beets, I love the color they add to winter bowls. Thanks for your sweet comment here Ashley, happy 2017 to you too!

  • Reply Gemma January 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    First of all, Happy New Year Jessie!
    Second, these bowls are too darn cute! :-)
    Third, I’ve been craving something like that and now it’s the perfect time to try this recipe. Colorful healthy bowls to nourish my body and soul, heck yeah! Plus I love cashew-based sauces, so yum.


    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Loved every part of this Gemma, you are a “gem” (too perfect for your name). Hope you are doing stellar this week girl, cheers!

  • Reply Jodi January 5, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Happy New Year, Jessie! I just love this post so much! And I am a little jealous of the produce available at your winter market – so colourful. Up here I kind of love the simplicity of the winter produce. We have fewer choices but it in a way in can make meal prep easier :) I got a wall banne too! (for myself) (great minds, Scott!). And I love it, I pass by it every time I walk out the door and it reminds myself to be kind to myself first. We can only love and take care of others if we do the same to ourselves. Hoping this year brings you more love, more adventure and a few surprises along the way! Cheers to you, you beautiful soul x

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

      There is so much to be said about simplicity, I love how you put it here friend. And I also love how we both have the same banner! Kindred spirits for life, you and I. Hoping this year brings you the same sweet girl, cannot wait to read about all of you and Matt’s adventures – I know there will be many! xx

  • Reply Kim | Unrefined RD January 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Killer photos, Jessie! Definitely trying this soon!

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Kim! Super appreciated. <3

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout January 5, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    This post is so beautiful, Jessie! The pomegranate and sesame seeds look like little magic gems, I love it :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 6, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Thank you tons Maya! And if you can believe it, those are chia seeds! It was my first time sprinkling them on a savory bowl and I just loved them so much. Hoping you have a fun-filled weekend now girl, XO.

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore January 6, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Mad props if you were able to eat the whole bowl with chopsticks :p It sounds really good tho! Happy New Years Jessie!! Hopefully you find all kinds of new memories and possibilities in 2017

  • Reply Bella January 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    making all these meals for my family truly inspires them to eat better, and they now believe eating healthy and yummy food is possible.

    • Reply Faring Well January 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      That is so wonderful to hear Bella! Thank you <3 so happy for you and your family.

  • Reply Gena January 8, 2017 at 6:02 am

    These bowls are everything I want to eat!! <3 I love the cashew sauce, I love the peppery tofu, I love all of the color, I love all of the nutrition. Thanks for sharing, Jessie. This is just the kind of nourishing, complete dish that's such a joy on a cold day.

    Sending you a big hug from NYC and warmest wishes for all good things to find you in 2017 xo

    • Reply Faring Well January 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Sheesh thank you Gena! You are the bowl queen ;) so this means tons. Biggest hugs right back to you! xoxo

  • Reply Nina Olsson - Nourish Atelier January 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Happy New Year Jessie! So true, why not live the healthy way the whole year around for body and mind happiness! And I nodded to myself when I read that you took a week of to organize and clean. It’s a real reboot and fine tuning for mind I feel.

    And that bowl is total dream, I have such a weak spot for drizzles like that and the flavours,.. Gourgoeus. My only real resolution this year is to take time to get inspired on blogs like yours. I had my head to much in my work last year. This post and this food makes me so happy, thank you Jessie.

    • Reply Faring Well January 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you Nina! I’m so glad you love the looks of this bowl too, totally with you daily nourishment and the need for time to reboot – I hope you are getting both this time of year. And I agree, I am resolving to cook more from others too – starting with your stunning cookbook ;) I feel so grateful to have you as a friend Nina, thank you for your words here <3.

  • Reply Denisse | Le Petit Eats January 9, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, these look so vibrant and wholesome….just love meals like these. And I wholeheartedly agree about striving to fuel your body with good things every day (with moderate splurges sprinkled in here and there of course) as opposed to stuffing your face with processed foods all year and then trying to fulfill unrealistic goals come Jan. 1.

    I just found this blog and can’t wait to see more of your delish recipes! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Faring Well January 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Denisse! Thank you for your sweet comment here – I couldn’t agree with all of your words more. So happy you stumbled upon this space too, I’m so happy to have you! xoxo

  • Reply Donna DaSilva January 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I’m in a small group that meets every week and part of that gathering is bringing a snack or dessert of some kind. I love making up clean, healthy, and DE-FREAKING-LICIOUS treats for them and this vitamix would be NEXT LEVEL (mostly because it would save me a ton of time). I’m thinking hummus and alllll the banana breads!

    • Reply Faring Well January 17, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Donna! I believe you meant to leave this on my banana bread post for the giveaway, I’ll add your name to the list over there too – thank you for your note! xx

  • Reply 2pots2cook January 11, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Oh boy, I am so happy to find you! Perfect photos, delicious food… Thank you and have a pleasant day !

    • Reply Faring Well January 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      So kind of you to say, thank you!

  • Reply Bri January 14, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Jessie – these hippie winter bowls are so beautiful!! I’m just catching up on some blog reading, and this post sucked me right in. YUM! And amen sistaaa to living THE BEST life each and every day. Our bodies are miraculous gifts, aren’t they?!

    Wishing you the best for 2017. big hugs my friend xx

    • Reply Faring Well January 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      You are so sweet Bri, thank you for taking the time to visit my space here! Our bodies are so miraculous <3 wising you the best 2017 too girl, cannot wait to see all that you do - XO

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