Spanish Style Nourish Bowl with Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce
This quick to make nourish bowl is packed full of raw and cooked veggies, plant-based protein and it's drizzled with our homemade vegan "cheese" sauce. It makes for a simple weeknight dinner and will satisfy your cravings for comfort food.
Soak rice and lentils for at least 30 min (but preferably 8 hours or overnight*
Drain and rinse the rice and lentils and add them to a medium pot on high heat with 1 1/2 cups water . Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, with the lid partially covered. Cooked until all water absorbed and al dente, about 30 min. Note: if the rice and lentils have cooked and are al dente but some liquid remains, simply drain the liquid and let sit on low heat without a lid to allow the excess moisture to evaporate.
While rice and lentils are cooking prepare your saute veggies. Add coconut oil and chopped bell peppers to a medium pan and sauté on high heat for 2 minutes, stirring and adding 1 Tbsp water as needed to prevent burning. Add smoked paprika and salt and continue to stir (and add water as needed) for another 2 minutes. Add spiralized zucchini and spinach gently mix it all together and continue to cook for only 1 more minute then remove from heat.
Prepare your dressing of choice (find a recipe for Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce below)
TO ASSEMBLE THE BOWL
Divide the fresh arugula, cilantro, and tomatoes among the bowls. Top each with 1/2-1 cup cooked rice and lentils and a generous amount of sauteed veggies
Drizzle with vegan cheese sauce. Enjoy!
*Soaking brown rice helps to quicken cooking time, and soaking lentils is beneficial for many reasons; read more about it here.