Sesame Kale ‘Bello Bowl

Sesame Kale ‘Bello Bowl

Inspired by the Macro bowls at Native Foods and the Green Owl Café.

This symphony of flavors is so nourishing, it will soon become one of your comfort food dishes. This dish uses traditional sauerkraut that’s been lacto-fermented because it contains a plethora of wonderful bacteria and enzymes that will make your gut happy. If you’re new to fermentation, lacto, in this case, has nothing to do with cow’s milk. The process is named after lactobacillus bacteria, a salt-tolerant micro-organism found in most probiotic supplements. After the salt has destroyed potentially harmful bacteria, lactobacillus and other “good” bacteria start to convert sugars and lactose in the cabbage to lactic acid, which preserves the food and gives it the tang of sauerkraut.

  • 1 C dry black beans {soaked and cooked}
  • 2 Portobello caps {sliced}
  • 1 head curly kale (or any kale you prefer)
  • 1 C lacto-fermented sauerkraut
  • 1 C tahini sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Soak your black beans for >18 hours, starting with hot water. Simmer for 1 hour while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. When soft, add a dash of salt and let rest. Cut the mushrooms and slice the kale in 2 inch strips (I leave the stem in). Salt the mushrooms and sauté in the coconut oil on a skillet until juicy and browned. Steam the kale in a separate pot. Make the tahini dressing (below) while all this is cooking. Once the mushrooms are done, make some room in the skillet to warm the sauerkraut. Drain the beans and gather the greens, beans, mushrooms and ‘kraut in a bowl and drizzle with your prepared tahini sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy with friends! Makes about 4 servings.

Tahini Sauce

Inspired by About.com’s Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 glove garlic {crushed or chopped}
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 2 T olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 C – 1/2 C water

Blend all ingredients except water in a blender. Add water to desired consistency. Enjoy drizzled on just about anything!

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