Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch

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Well, tomorrow is today and today is yesterday and that means there is a whole new day open for trying new things.

Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch New things like deep fried candy bars and bacon wrapped everything. Okay, maybe not those things on this particular day (there’s always tomorrow), but how about a healthy bowl with something from every food group that will keep you going for hours.

Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch (2) Okay, so now for a bit of honesty. You know those hilarious fail photos you see all over the internet with a picture of someone doing or making something awesome next to a picture of how it looks when someone else tries to do it? Well, if not just type ‘fail’ into any social site and you’ll find endless amounts of laughter to waste your life on.

Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch (5) Anyway, that’s kind of how I feel about how these bowls turned out. I’ve been so inspired recently by all of the pretty and healthy bowls that everyone has been making. All of the modern, hip food bloggers are doing them. There are a bunch of different names for them; budha bowls, nourish bowls, quinoa bowls, there’s even the smoothie bowl fad going on. Basically, everything is in bowls and if it’s not then you aren’t in with the cool people, but maybe I should stick to pizza and such. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t like the whole look of these bowls. The colors just didn’t work or something. This happens sometimes and I don’t realize it until after I have taken tons of pictures and then uploaded them to edit.

Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch (4) On the upside though, they tasted way better than they looked and that’s why I’m sharing anyway. The aji ranch is definitely something I’ll be repeating. Aji is like the standard hot pepper her in Chile so I use it all the time but if you don’t have access to it you can use a substitute that I mentioned in the recipe.

Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch (6) So I was going to do quinoa until I realized I was almost out of it, hence the fact that I went with couscous instead for the pictures. However, you can use couscous or quinoa and it’s still delicious. Although, if you want them to be gluten free then go with the latter or another gluten free grain you like. These are super adaptable so make them your own. I’ll just be busy making a fail graphic with these pics.

Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch (3)

Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 bowls

Veggie Grain Bowls with Crispy Parm Roasted Chickpeas & Aji Ranch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked couscous or quinoa (or any desired grain)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • pomegranate arils (optional)
  • Parm Roasted Chickpeas:
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Aji Ranch:
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire
  • 1 tablespoon aji pepper puree (you can substitute a hot sauce such as tabasco or frank's red hot)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Veggies:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

    Roasted Chickpeas:
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) and line a baking tray with foil. Rinse and drain chickpeas and dry thoroughly with a towel.
  2. Toss chickpeas with other ingredients and spread out on baking tray. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until crispy.
  3. Veggies:
  4. Heat about 1/4 inch of water in a medium skillet over medium high heat and add cauliflower. Cover pan and steam for about 5 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until water has evaporated. Pour in olive oil and add other veggies. Cook for 6 - 8 minutes until tender. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  5. Aji Ranch:
  6. Combine all ingredients for ranch in a small bowl and stir well. Chill until ready to serve.
  7. Assemble
  8. Prepare bowls by adding scoops of your grain of choice (rewarmed if refrigerated), veggies, chickpeas, and other toppings, then top with aji ranch and serve.
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