Cauliflower Curry Bowls with Crunchy Chickpeas

 Cauliflower Curry Bowls with Crunchy Chickpeas | Gluten-free and vegan. | Loveleaf Co.

As you know by now, I'm pretty into the whole meal-prep thing. Because it saves me time, money, and - I've grown to actually like it. The Sunday ritual. The time spent in the kitchen, football on the TV, wine in hand. Prepping feel-good food to make sure my future self is happy and full on busy weekday nights. Because a little bit of prep work goes a long way; it's my secret weapon to ensuring that Wednesday's dinner isn't a (giant) single-serve chocolate chip cookie. (#nojudgment).

 Cauliflower Curry Bowls with Crunchy Chickpeas | Gluten-free and vegan. | Loveleaf Co.
 Cauliflower Curry Bowls with Crunchy Chickpeas | Gluten-free and vegan. | Loveleaf Co.

These cauliflower curry bowls are all about the components; cumin spiced roasted cauliflower, quinoa, coconut curry sauce, and - of course - the toppings (!) like crispy chickpeas, raisins, and cilantro. I like to prep and store them all separately and then mix and match throughout the week. Leftover Thanksgiving turkey would be a great addition to these bowls. Swap out the quinoa for some butternut squash and you've got yourself a refreshing twist on holiday leftovers.

 Cauliflower Curry Bowls with Crunchy Chickpeas | Gluten-free and vegan. | Loveleaf Co.

Cauliflower Curry Bowls with Crunchy Chickpeas

INGREDIENTS

CAULIFLOWER CURRY BOWLS

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas
  • 2/3 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 bunch Lacinato (aka Dinosaur) kale
  • 1 cup loosely packed, chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup raisins

COCONUT CURRY SAUCE

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup creamy, unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE THE CAULIFLOWER AND CHICKPEAS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the cauliflower florets evenly on a baking sheet, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with ground cumin, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Drain, rinse, and dry the chickpeas in a cloth towel. Put the chickpeas on another rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put the cauliflower and the chickpeas in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, gently toss the cauliflower and shake the chickpea pan. Roast for another 10-15 minutes until the cauliflower starts to brown and the chickpeas are lightly golden. The chickpeas with get even crunchier as they cool. Set aside.

MAKE THE QUINOA

  1. Rinse the quinoa. In a medium-size saucepan, combine the quinoa with 1 1/3 cups of water or broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to low, cover, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and leave covered while you finish preparing the bowls.

MASSAGE THE KALE

  1. De-stem the kale and thinly slice the kale leaves into strips. In a medium bowl, drizzle the kale with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. With both hands, massage the kale until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

MAKE THE COCONUT CURRY SAUCE

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

ASSEMBLE THE BOWLS

  1. Divide the roasted cauliflower, massaged kale, and quinoa between four bowls. Drizzle desired amount of coconut curry sauce on top and then sprinkle each bowl with some crispy chickpeas, 1/4 cup cilantro, and a tablespoon of raisins.