Sesame Kale Macro Bowl + Caraway Kraut

January 28, 2015

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Standing on a snowy ledge at ten thousand feet, looking into a valley surrounded by towering peaks that have been doing their thing for thousands of years, with the freezing wind harshly blowing at my face – this is when I finally had the thought, “alright, Colorado is pretty cool.” Up until this point I had been skeptical. Mildly impressed by the city and it’s neighboring state parks. After you’ve driven on the glorious highway 15 through Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, and visited places like Yellowstone and the freaking Tetons – its takes a bit to win over one’s adventure seeking heart. It was during this trip into Rocky Mountain National Park that Scott looked at me and said, “I could live in THESE mountains.” Which is like, woah, huge. I’m a mountain girl. Give me all the rivers, streams, and crystal clear mountain lakes in the summer with fields of wild flowers and an overgrown garden. Then all the snow and wood burning fires in the winter with powder to carve and snow shoe adventures. But Scott? Give him all the ocean, surf, warm air and soft sand – that’s his jam. So, for him to say he could live in those peaks, well, a glimmer of hope flashed before my eyes. Now if we could just find a place where our two dream worlds collide. Until then, we have lived at the beach, and now near the mountains, and haven’t “settled” yet. We should just quit our jobs and become park rangers, I know, maybe one day. Until then, my parents were so over-the-moon-cool and took us to the national park in our back yard this past weekend. It was the best day with the best people and I still feel warm and full from our time spent together in those mountains. I’ve updated our “Adventure’s by Us” gallery pin-board with images from our trip if you would like to see more, just click here or on the image in my sidebar!

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Now onto this insanely delicious macro bowl. Any Native Foods fans out there? Holla! This was the first, and now only, dish on their menu that I have or will ever gravitate towards. I fell in love with it in California two years ago, and am stoked to say I finally nailed the recipe in my own gosh darn kitchen. Maybe even surpassed it in deliciousness? Maybe. You will have to try and decide for yourself. If you live in a country or state that does not have a Native Foods, here is their best dish (in my opinion) for you to now enjoy at home – win! The star of this bowl is an unassuming one, the kraut. It adds the perfect amount of tang to balance out the rest of the flavors and is oh-so-amazing, do not miss it! It get’s even better when it is sustainably grown, harvested, and produced right here in my home state of Colorado. MM Local Foods has been a favorite of mine in the preserved produce department since moving here, and I love everything about their mission, practices, and products. They are practically a CSA in jar form to ensure you eat locally, seasonally, and sustainably year round. Best of all, you don’t have to live in one of their producing states (Colorado and Washington) to benefit from their quality practices. You can order their jarred goodness online here. Sending some big love your way MM Local.

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1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
2 to 3 stems of kale
1/3 block tempeh
1 green onion chopped
few spoonfuls of caraway kraut

4 teaspoons white sesame seeds hulled
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons pure sesame seed butter tahini
1 teaspoon grated ginger
juice from half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon mellow white miso
1/2 teaspoon tamari
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 small garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon honey*
pinch of salt

*I only use unpasteurized honey (in its raw state), organically produced, and sustainably harvested. Make sure to use a runny honey for the best consistency. If you do not eat honey, I recommend this substitute.

You can easily make the gomasio and dressing ahead. Simply blend all the dressing ingredients together and store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator until ready to use. For the gomasio, lightly toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan on low heat for a few minutes until lightly browned and fragrant (about 5 minutes, toss every minute or two). Transfer the toasted sesame seeds to a mortar and pestle (or food processor) with the salt and grind into a coarse meal. I like mine on the extra coarse side. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the cupboard until ready to use.

Combine the quinoa and water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Leave the lid on and set aside, allowing the quinoa to finish steaming and get extra fluffy for 8 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Remove the stems from the kale stalks and tear the leaves into bite size pieces. Steam in a steamer basket on the stove until wilted, about 5 to 6 minutes.

While the quinoa is finishing and the kale is steaming, crisp the tempeh in a dry pan on medium heat on the stove. I took my portion of tempeh and cut it in half “thickness” wise, and then cut it into triangles, but feel free to slice it however you would like. It should only take maybe 3 minutes per side to crisp. Serve immediately.

Combine the cooked quinoa, steamed kale, and crisped tempeh in a bowl. Top with a good drizzle of the dressing, a few spoonfuls of caraway kraut, a healthy sprinkle of gomasio, and some chopped green onions. Awkwardly stir with a fork and dig in!


  • Reply Edlyn January 28, 2015 at 8:35 am

    You know I thought of myself as an ocean girl too…warm, salty air in my briny hair. But I moved to Western Washington three years ago and I get choked up every time I see the Cascades. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds – this is the state.
    I really like the ingredients you’ve used in the dressing. I’m going to have to give it a go sometime. Also- Photos!! They are beautiful.

    • Reply Faring Well January 28, 2015 at 8:41 am

      That state IS beautiful. I lived in Vancouver WA for three years. Unfortunately I couldn’t take all the rain – but love love love visiting. So much crazy beauty in WA. And you are right, best of both worlds too! Thanks for the recipe love, I hope you get to give it a try – it is my new fave!

  • Reply Lindsey January 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

    oh wow, jessie! your description of standing on that mountain ledge is totally transporting me to a super outdoorsy mental state! a few years ago i drove cross-country, took 76 from nebraska down into colorado. i was so struck at how flat colorado was, and then boom! the rocky mountains hit me right in my face! it’s such a beautiful part of the country, and while i’m a beach/surf/sand girl, i can totally see how living there can make you forget a little about other places! and this bowl of goodness sounds great – especially that caraway kraut!

    • Reply Faring Well January 28, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      That is so rad! Road trips across this country are the best – they show you just how massive and diverse this land really is, and I can imagine the shock of the rockies after all that flatness! I’m not gonna lie, there have been moments this winter when the beach has sounded sooo nice. I guess we just haven’t found the right mix yet. Thanks so much for your love of this recipe (and kraut!) it is by far one of my faves!

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha January 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Kale, tempeh, quinoa, tahini, sauerkraut, miso. Everything is so nutritious in this recipe!

    • Reply Faring Well January 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      That is the goal! Most the time ;) haha. Thank you!

  • Reply renee (will frolic for food) January 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

    LOVE THIS! I love that we eat almost 100% the same way. This would totally come out of my kitchen — but I’m so glad it came out of yours, all perfected! Can’t wait to make this beautiful, bountiful bowl! And damn if those flowers aint the perdiest thang.

    • Reply Faring Well January 28, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      I know right, we love so many of the same flavors its awesome! Wish we lived closer and could enjoy some of our dishes together. Thanks so much for your compliments! Eeeeeee! And I know right?! I had to walk home in a snow storm with those beauties and they didn’t die! CRAZY.

  • Reply Natasha January 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    The mountains have a sort of peace, harmony and tranquility that I have yet to find in the waves of a beach…plus no snow to ski on ;) I’ve never used miso before, but its been popping up all over the web inside of these beautiful bowls and I’m inspired to go seek some out! Looks totally delicious.

    • Reply Faring Well January 29, 2015 at 11:42 am

      They so do! Agreed :). And yes, there are so many great miso recipes out there, definitely recommend giving it a try!!

  • Reply Jodi January 29, 2015 at 7:05 am

    YES! What a magic little moment when you can see a glimpse of that ‘settled’ life. I hope you two find a home one day that you’ve both dreamed of! Of course with an awesome kitchen where you can make more bowls like this! LOVE sauerkraut and totally into caraway at the moment for this is totally making my stomach growl! Thanks for the visual nourishment xx

    • Reply Faring Well January 29, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Haha of COURSE with an awesome kitchen! Thanks for the happy “hopes”, me too :). And you are so welcome for the visual nourishment, I like that, not as good as the physical kind though! Go get your grub on!

  • Reply Kathryn January 30, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Although I am and probably always will be a beach/sea/surf girl, the thing I love about mountains – which I don’t think you get anywhere else – is that feeling of smallness + humility. It’s grounding to stand there amongst those rocks and cliffs that have been there for so many thousands of years and will be there long after we’re gone. It’s pretty magical. As, indded, is this bowl of goodness.

    • Reply Faring Well January 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

      I agree, smallness and humility. Perfectly put. And what a compliment to have their magical-ness compared to this bowl :) thank you Kathryn!

  • Reply Sini January 30, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Mountains; they have such a unique power over us, don’t they? As much as I love the Nordic nature, the one thing that I miss the most are mountains. Those snow covered peaks and mighty nature. The feeling of freedom and being just a small being on this huge planet we call home. It gets me every single time.
    This bowl looks beyond delicious, and I love the kraut topping. I’m a kraut girl, especially during the colder months. Vitamin C!

    • Reply Faring Well January 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

      So glad to hear that others are “getting” this feeling I shared! You have some beautiful mountains to explore in that region of the world, I’m sure. Maybe someday I’ll get the chance to visit them. And super big thank you for the bowl recipe love! I’m right there with you on the kraut, something about this time of year gets me craving it!

  • Reply Shelly January 30, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Beautiful pictures!

  • Reply sara forte January 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I still can’t tell if I’m a mountain or beach lady. I feel so full in either climate, as long as there is vast emptiness out in front of me. I think I just love space as my day to day exists in suburbia. Love these photos and the dark moodiness. Really pretty. Glad you had such a lovely time with your parents!!

    • Reply Faring Well January 31, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Sara, thank you so much! And I have to say, I agree with you about “open spaces” doesn’t seem to matter whether I’m in Yosemite Valley or Death Valley, those wide open spaces bring a peace that I crazy desire. Glad to hear from someone else who understands that too. Thanks so much for the recipe love and about time with my parents – it was the best!! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens January 31, 2015 at 6:59 am

    The flavours in this dish incredible! So fresh and vibrant. And I just want to use that dressing on everything… sounds absolutely delicious, Jessie! I would love, love, love to do a huge road trip of all the national parks in the US. Nature is just so awe inspiring!

    • Reply Faring Well January 31, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Genevieve!! I kind put the dressing on everything too ;). And OMG yes. I’ve tried planning that trip. Still hope it happens one day, there is so much crazy beauty here in the US at those National Parks!!

  • Reply Millie | Add A Little January 31, 2015 at 8:01 am

    This sounds like my idea of heaven – yum!

  • Reply Johnny Philips February 2, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    This looks amazing ohmygodddd. I need to go buy some avocado and bacon right now to eat this!

    • Reply Faring Well February 3, 2015 at 7:53 am

      I don’t know about that bacon (haha) but avo might be good on this!!

  • Reply Evi @ greenevi February 3, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful bowl!It must be so fresh and filling! Great recipe!

  • Reply hannah-phoebe April 2, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Hi Jessie,
    I’ve just found your blog (through the SAVEUR awards – I’m now voting for you!) and I love your writing and can’t wait to explore your recipes (although I’m about to go on holiday – to New York, Montreal and Toronto!) for three weeks…

    I’m totally a forest girl, I love the beach but when I’m out at sea I actually feel quite bleak, and I love skiing and hiking but can’t quite take the cold. My spirit-wilderness is the forest which I think makes sense as my heritage is Austria/England, I can wander through trees for hours and hours and hours and never feel alone :)

    What do you suggest as a honey sub? The link’s not working. I tend to go for coconut nectar but to be honest I can’t remember what honey tastes like so as a honey-eater you might have a better idea! Also, do you use roasted or raw tahini?

    Thanks and so happy to have found you!
    hp x

    • Reply Faring Well April 2, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Hannah! You are just the sweetest. I’m so glad you found my blog, and thank you for writing me!

      I love that you are a forest girl. I can totally relate. More and more I’m coming to find I desire a balance between the two (ocean and forest). Whenever I’m stuck with one exclusively I get to feeling a little claustrophobic and bored (probably a personal problem haha). I’m excited for you and your trip to NY and Canada! How fun! You’ll have to let me know which recipes you like most once you get home and have a chance to try a few.

      As for the honey in this one – you can absolutely substitute coconut nectar, or even maple syrup would work! I’m sorry the link wasn’t working. It was to a company here in the US that makes bee-free honey using apples! And I use both kinds of tahini, it all depends on what is in the store at the time. I used roasted tahini when making this dish for the first time, but have been using raw tahini when making it the past few weeks – both terrific!

      Hope you have the loveliest of holidays!

  • Reply Ashley June 17, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I used beet greens from my CSA since I didn’t have any kale and it is awesome. For the left overs I put this over butter lettuce from my CSA, and it’s still so good!
    Thanks!! This is going to be one of those meals I make every couple of weeks.

    • Reply Faring Well June 19, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Yay! Way to use what you have on hand, so so glad you love it!

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE July 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Just stumbled across this first photo on Pinterest and was like…”whoa look at Jessie’s dark phase!” Love it!

    • Reply Faring Well July 21, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Haha! Thank you. I can’t seem to pick a photo style ;) always hopping around!

  • Reply kristen August 28, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    THANK YOU for this recipe! LIke you, this is the dish I loved at Native Foods, and recently when I went with a craving for it, they didn’t have it on the menu anymore. Glad I can make it at home now.

    • Reply Faring Well August 31, 2015 at 11:43 am

      I couldn’t believe it when I heard they removed it! It was THE best! So so glad to have been able to recreate it and share it with you here :) yay!

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore January 5, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Yum!!! I saw this post in the weekly Whole Foods Email and I was like “Hey!! That’s Jessie’s Blog!!” so cool! This bowl sounds so good. Those “take-your-breath-away” moments looking at nature are so awesome! Every time I drive the canyons here I say WOW atleast once!

  • Reply Michael Severance April 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    This looks mighty tasty. As a gluten free vegan I was searching for a new recipe. I am going to try this soon.

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