Vegan Grain Bowl with Dragon Sauce
If you’re ever frequented a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, you’ve likely encountered a myriad of grain bowls. They typically follow a similar formula: grains, veggies, plant-based protein, a few accents, all drizzled with a sauce of some kind. Deeeelish!
Last year around this time, my mom and I took a mini-vacation to Montreal for the weekend. I remember two things in vivid detail: the bone-chilling weather and Aux Vivre’s Dragon Bowl. I was giddy when I discovered that they sold their sauce for take away; I rationed that tiny jar for months!
I used to dream about that sauce, but no longer! After browsing the inter web, studying the ingredients listed on the jar, and consulting my taste buds I think I came up with a sauce that rivals the original.
The process of creating a grain bowl is easy, I assure you. Start with a base of your favourite grain (rice, quinoa, millet etc.), add some veggies (I like shredded carrot and beet, and steamed greens), layer on a plant-based protein (tofu, tempeh, beans, or lentils all do the trick), accent with some avocado or sprouts if handy, and drizzle with a delectable sauce. Here is an easy visual step-by-step guide:
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: blender food processor entree sauce ginger tahini nutritional yeast
Ingredients (Approx. 1 c.)
- 1/4 c. nutritional yeast
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. water
- 2 tbsp. tamari
- 1/4 tsp. tumeric
- 2 tbsp. tahini
- 1/2 tbsp. white miso
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled
Add ingredients to food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
As you can see the sauce is packed with a ton of awesome ingredients. If this particular sauce doesn’t tickle your fancy (or induces anaphylaxis), check out some of these amazing alternatives:
Cashew Cheeze Sauce by the veggie nook
Liquid Gold Dressing by Farmer’s Market Vegan
Anti-inflammatory Tumeric Tahini Dressing by Choosing Raw
Vegan Green Goddess Dressing by Oh She Glows
Fresh Restaurant’s Beach Sauce by Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen