The Glory Bowl

by jc

This past Saturday was a wonderful winter day spent with friends doing typical Canadian things.  It was very appropriate behaviour given it was Winterlude and Hockey Day in Canada.

hockey day in canada

Unfortunately our beloved Sens lost but the lovely sunny weather made up for it.  We took advantage and went for a skate along the whole length of the Ottawa Canal – somewhere around a 12 km round-trip!  #greatworkout

Beautiful Ottawa

Tourist in your own city

Don't mean to brag but...

Don’t mean to brag but…

Free samples of booze + coffee = great combo

Free samples of booze + coffee = great combo

After the fresh air, I got together with some girlfriends for a wine-fuled feast at my place.  The whole meal was celiac and vegan friendly (sauf pour dessert) but didn’t slack the least bit in the flavour department.

Bruschetta on a GF baguette!

Bruschetta on a GF baguette!

I heard about the Whitewater Cooks through my sister-in-law and have been dying to try their Glory Bowl recipe ever since.  It’s a delicious, hearty and nutritious meal that’s perfect for after a day spent outdoors in the cold.

The prep is pretty quick and easy and the dressing that goes on top is seriously addictive.  I highly recommend this dish!  It pretty much changed my life…

Glory Bowl (from Whitewater Cooks)

  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 block firm tofu, cubed
  • 8 cups cooked brown rice (I used basmati brown)
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups grated beets
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach (I chopped a bit)
  • 2 cups slivered almonds, toasted

Life-altering dressing:

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free Tamari soy sauce (reduced sodium)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup grapeseed oil

Heat oil in large skillet and brown tofu on all sides.

For dressing: puree first six ingredients then while still running blender, add oil in a slow, steady stream.  Blend until smooth.  This delightful substance can be made ahead and is good kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To assemble Glory Bowl: divide rice amoung 8 bowls, top with spinach, carrots, beets, tofu, and almonds.  Drizzle with desired amount of dressing (a lot in my case).  Gobble it up!

Assembling one's Bowl

Assembling one’s Bowl

In all its glory

In all its glory

Glorious mix... can't get enough of the puns

Glorious mix… can’t get enough of the puns

We're not gonna starve

We’re not gonna starve

For dessert we had gelato from Stella Luna, arguably the best in town!

Ah... the good things in life

Ah… the good things in life