This dinner bowl was created completely by accident. We just moved into our house and most of the kitchen boxes have not been unpacked. I don’t know how many of you have moved several times in your life, but I am not a fan! I really hope this is our last one for a while. But, I am certain my hubby will get bored in the next few years and take us on another ride. Deep down, I really love it. Well, maybe not the packing and unpacking, but seeing it all come together, I do enjoy. As for dinner, I managed to find my Dutch oven, and then went into the mountain of paper bags lining my pantry to find a bag of dried black beans and basmati rice. Because we eat vegetarian most of the time, beans are a staple at our house. Fortunately, everyone in my family enjoys them.
For this bowl, I layered everything together for the perfect presentation. The layering is what makes a food bowl truly special. The addition of raw kraut is fantastic, even though it may sound a bit odd. Raw kraut is very beneficial for gut health. During the fermentation process, natural probiotics are created making kraut a superb food for healthy digestion. I add kraut to my diet several times per week, if not everyday. It makes a great topping for soups, salads or even a side dish to a sandwich. The other topping to this bowl that may raise questions is salted yogurt. I use Greek yogurt to replace anything that calls for sour cream. Adding a bit of sea salt and olive oil to plain Greek yogurt gives it a hearty and bold flavor. I hope you enjoy this yummy dish.
Black Bean Bowl with Salted Yogurt and Raw Kraut
cooked black beans – soak beans overnight and slow cook them with garlic, onion and turmeric
basmati rice – you can use brown or white
green leaf lettuce – chopped
1 1/2 avocados – smashed and blended with sea salt and ground garlic
raw kraut – I use Farmhouse Culture
salted yogurt – 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt mixed with 1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt and 2 teaspoons olive oil
grated goat gouda cheese
Layer your bowl in whatever order you desire.