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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

Homemade Hippie Bowls.

No pictures of farmers markets, stories from parks, and running recaps this weekend.  While I had planned for all of those things to happen (and was even registered to run a race!), Cullen and I both woke up pretty sick on Saturday morning.  So we have laid low most of the weekend, and I’ve spent a lot of time just tending to and staring at my poor, sick little guy, while sneezing and wheezing quite a bit myself.

Since we spent most of the weekend at home, we also did a lot of eating.  I may be sniffling and stuffy, but I most definitely still have an appetite.

Of all the vegetarian or vegan restaurants I know, almost all of them offer some sort of menu item called “The Hippie Bowl.”  It’s typically a combination of grains, vegetables, and nuts or seeds – all topped with a thick peanut or tahini sauce.

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Here in Seattle, we love places like Chaco Canyon or Thrive that offer this exact type of dish.  But eating out can start to add up over time, and we’re making an effort to eat at home more often these days.  Here is our version of our favorite restaurant bowl!

Homemade Hippie Bowl

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients (2 large servings)

    For the Salad
    • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
    • 1.75 cups water (for cooking)
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 medium carrots, grated
    • 15 whole almonds, chopped
    • 1/4 cup raisins
    • 2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds
    • 1/4 cup hummus

    For the Dressing

    • 3 tablespoons peanut flour (or sub 2 tablespoons peanut butter)
    • 1/2 tablespoon maca powder (optional)
    • 1/2 cup almond milk (use 1/4 cup if subbing in peanut butter)
    • pinch of salt


    Add quinoa and cooking water (plus a 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt) to a rice cooker or sauce pan, and cook until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.  While the quinoa is cooking, grate the carrots and slice the almonds.

    In a small bowl, add peanut flour, maca powder, and almond milk and whisk to combine.  Maca powder is something we have on hand (we use it in our homemade protein powder blend), but if you don’t have any you can leave it out.  Microwave for one minute and then whisk again. Finish sauce with a small pinch of salt.

    Once quinoa is cooked, assemble the bowl. Add quinoa to a bowl and top with grated carrot, raisins, almonds, and hemp seeds.

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    Top with hummus and a drizzle of dressing. Serve and enjoy!

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    This hearty bowl is filling and incredibly tasty.  One of those types of things you can’t believe you made at home.  But you can, and you definitely should.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)     at 9:22 am

    even though i’m not veg/vegan i definitely LOVE grain bowls! this one sounds awesome…having a dressing on grain salads is seriously one of the best things in life!


    Sana     at 9:22 am

    :( I hope all the yummy eats are making you and Cullen feel better!


    Mara@ What's For Dinner?     at 9:35 am

    I really hope you and Cullen are doing better!!! Thinking about you :)
    This bowl looks delicious… I’ll be making something similar to take to work over the summer!!


    Emily Malone Reply:

    Thanks Mara! More of the same today. At least he doesn’t seem to be worse? Spending lots of time in the steamy bathroom! :)


    Katrina     at 9:41 am

    What have you been using for peanut flour since Trader Joe’s discontinued theirs? I purchased my first bag (and loved it) the same month they stopped carrying it. :sad:

    Feel better!


    Emily Malone Reply:

    Well I’m sort of embarrassed to admit that when I heard TJ’s was getting rid of it, I bought a HUGE stash and am still making my way through it. :) But I know there are a number of online retailers who sell it – Nuts Online is one!


    Katrina Reply:

    Too funny! That had crossed my mind, but then I realised how long ago it was discontinued… I would have done the same if I could have!

    I will check out Nuts Online. I’ve heard good things about the company in general. Thanks!


    lee     at 9:49 am

    This looks interesting…may have to give that a try.

    Hope you and Cullen are feeling better soon!! =)


    Army Amy*     at 9:50 am

    I’m always looking for new things to do with quinoa. (Your quinoa recipe with black beans, avocado, and veggies is my all time favorite!) Get well soon!*


    Emily Malone Reply:

    Thanks Amy!


    Ericka @ The Sweet Life     at 10:04 am

    Emily, these are a great idea! One of my favorite places back home is a hippie place that has all kinds of bowls I loved but could never seem to recreate them. Cool idea and had to pin ASAP!


    Emily Malone Reply:

    Hope you like it! Thanks for pinning. :)


    Michaela     at 10:16 am

    the only thing to make this even better would be some fresh baby spinach leaves in my opinion! i will definitely make this asap!


    Katie @ Creature of Habit     at 10:28 am

    Haha it sounds like all my meals are pretty much hippie bowels by this definition.


    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama     at 10:36 am

    It’s bad enough when your baby is sick but it’s a double whammy when you are too. Hope you both are feeling better today!

    I love hippie bowls! The sauce sounds delcious!


    Michelle@PeachyPalate     at 10:43 am

    I’m in love with tahini and quinoa at the moment so I’ll definitely be making something similar this week. Love the simplicity of it!


    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)     at 11:17 am

    I love hippie bowls! Well, I just love bowls of food loaded with healthy goodness :)


    Amber K     at 11:33 am

    Hope you feel better soon! I love big “hippie” bowls.


    Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers     at 12:21 pm

    Get well soon you two! The hippie bowl looks fabulous. I’m always looking for more lunch ideas, so thanks for posting.


    Nina     at 1:12 pm

    We make something similar at the restaurant where I work, but we call it a Native Mama :-) this looks delicious!


    Samantha     at 1:44 pm

    Ironically I have been using your miso-tahini sauce on several bowl variations. I LOVE peanut sauce however and look forward to trying this – thanks for the peanut butter specs. :)


    Alexis     at 1:56 pm

    Boy do I love Seattle :). When I first became vegetarian, visiting Seattle was like going to a safe haven for me after the very meat oriented area of Idaho. Thank you for the recipe, I cannot wait to try it out!


    B @ Crags and Veggies     at 2:22 pm

    Yummy, can’t wait to try a homemade hippie bowl! Love the beautiful colors!


    luv what you do     at 2:29 pm

    That looks great! Hope u r all feeling better soon!


    Lee     at 2:33 pm

    A hippie at heart, I like anything with the word hippie in the title!


    Katy     at 2:42 pm

    Did I see you at Greenlake on Sunday morning? I was pretty sure it was you but I was deep in a running zone and didn’t want to stop if I was wrong!


    Anne Weber-Falk     at 3:28 pm

    I am not familiar with maca powder. What does it do for the flavor and texture of the sauce? Should I substitute with something else?


    Ali @ Peaches and Football Reply:

    Anne – maca actually (I think) has a pretty distinct flavor. I bought a bag from Amazon and split it with my mother to give it a try. I think I’ve used maybe 4T since then because I haven’t been too lucky getting it to blend in and mask. It has overpowered everything I’ve tried. I’ve mixed it into smoothies and if you were to mix it with water you’d get a paste that I think is similar texture-wise to a protein powder. BUT it is a nutritional powerhouse with all kinds of benefits! If you can find a tiny bag, I’d recommend giving it a try.


    Anne Weber-Falk Reply:

    Ohh, masking. That bad huh? I’ll look for it and hope for the best. Thanks for the help.


    Gina     at 3:58 pm

    I had a grain salad today for lunch and after I read this, I was wishing for a creamy dressing to drizzle or a big lump of hummus…or both, yum!


    Samantha     at 4:00 pm

    This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it, but I have a question: how do you rinse your quinoa? I still haven’t found an easy way to do it.


    Ali @ Peaches and Football Reply:

    Samantha – I’ve found the easiest way to rinse quinoa is just to dump it into a fine mesh strainer. Shake it around under the water and then dump into your pot of water. Works good for rinsing rice too.


    Tara Deal     at 6:07 pm

    What a yummy lunch idea!! Will have to give it a try :)


    Anda     at 6:43 pm

    I’m excited about making this.. Reading it made my mouth water. Yum!


    Ali @ Peaches and Football     at 7:13 pm

    This looks wonderful. I love the addition of the peanut sauce. Wish we had places around here that offered dishes similar to this – would be fun to have more variety!


    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See     at 8:44 pm

    I just discovered how great peanut flour is in sauces! Super thick with lots of protein :)


    Natalcho     at 12:47 am

    Just what I needed – I am out of ideas for work lunches and this looks pretty good. Did you have any leftovers? Just interested to see how this might taste the next day although hummus, peanut sauce and quinoa all sound very delicious cold:)


    Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food     at 1:06 am

    I love the hippie bowls at restaurants! Your version, especially that sauce sounds delish!


    Andrea     at 8:47 am

    Yum…i’m making this tonight. My husband is out of town, so it’s just the boys and I. I always use nights like this to try different dishes. I hope there are leftovers for lunch tomorrow. :)


    Heathers Creative Concoctions     at 11:41 am

    I have been eating a variation of this on and off for a few weeks now. It is like the ultimate comfort in a bowl, love it!


    Lori @ RecipeGirl     at 6:53 pm

    Your Hippie Bowl looks awesome! Totally the sort of thing I would eat when my husband is traveling. I’m a runner too… bummed when I have injuries or sickness and things don’t go my way. Envy you for being a marathon runner- I’ve run a half but not sure I could do the whole thing! Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle!


    Cassie @ A Pinch of Cassafras     at 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, Emily! I just made this tonight for my mom and I – it was so good! I think I’m going to take the leftovers for work tomorrow and add in steamed broccoli to make it more veggie dense! yum!


    Tiffany     at 8:42 pm

    Hi Emily,

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! I used millet instead of qunioa and currents instead of raisins and it was perfection :) Thank you for a great recipe. It was simple, fast and tasty!


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    Stephanie     at 5:33 pm

    This was so amazing!! The flavors mixed so well. I wasn’t sure how the peanut sauce and hummus were going to go to together, but oh my goodness!!! Thank you for providing such a yummy treat for my dinner!


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