Vegan Sprout Bowl with Creamy Curry Sauce

Food for your soul – it makes you feel whole, balanced and full of life. You know when you’ve had a soul-nourishing meal when you get high on life, exude confidence, and are ready to take on anything that comes your way.

This feeling is not to be confused with the rush you get when you dig your teeth into a cheeseburger, or the sense of calm that comes over you after you’ve indulged in the bar of chocolate you craved all morning. These are quick fixes, a dance we play with the emotional connection we’ve developed with the foods that surround us. Emotional connection to food can rear its ugly head in many ways. Are you reliant on food as a means to keep you from boredom, does the act of eating drown your unhappiness, or do you often find yourself worrying non-stop about whether or not the event you’re going to will have healthy options?

Unlike the surges we feel when we indulge in our emotional connection with food, nourishing your soul with the nutrients it needs grounds you and sets your body and mind up to receive far more good in your life.

I’m on day 23 of the Moksha Yoga NDG 30 day yoga challenge and this week was all about cultivating balance in my soul through my food choices. I continue to remind myself that happiness, contentment and fulfillment can come from other areas in my life that do not involve food. I have been in touch with my intuition to guide me to the foods that will benefit me the most and help me to know when to stop what I’m eating when I’m full.

Keeping the emotional connection I have with food at the forefront of my mind this week has really allowed me to cultivate space in my routine for balanced, soul-nourishing meals and practices.All it takes is a bit of mindfulness and we can all benefit from knowing exactly what we should be eating… the base for any food for the soul practice!

Tweet it out: You have the innate knowledge to know what’s good for your body… you just have to listen. –  @be_healthful

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Vegan Sprouts Bowl with Creamy Curry Sauce
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 4
 
Healthy bowl of steamed veggies over top a bed of bean sprouts and smothered in a vegan creamy curry dressing. It's fresh, soothing and full of flavor!
Ingredients
Creamy Curry Sauce:
Sprouts Bowl:
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, steamed
  • 4 carrots, steamed
  • ½ red onion, sliced and steamed
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 4 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 cup spiralized zucchini (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add all creamy curry sauce ingredients to the bowl of your food processor or blender and blend until smooth. For best results, cover and refrigerate overnight. If that's not an option it can be used after sitting in the fridge for 30 minutes or so, I just found it tasted even better when left to sit.
  2. Steam broccoli, carrots and red onion for 3-4 minutes, until broccoli is bright green.
  3. Remove from steamer and place on a bed of bean sprouts and zucchini. Top with cooked chickpeas and a drizzle of creamy curry sauce. Top with fresh cilantro.
  4. For extra protein, add 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds to each bowl.

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For those of you who do not have a spiralizer, bean sprouts work really well as grain-free noodles. These little guys are also full of energy and nutritive principles. Unlike ripe vegetables, whose nutrition values naturally degrade after they’ve been harvested, bean sprouts retain their nutritional properties until consumed. Their little powerhouses of awesomeness.

I chose to make another double batch of my homemade curry powder for this recipe. This stuff never disappoints… and added to a creamy sauce just ups the food for the soul factor.

This bowl of goodness is nourishing to the very last forkful.

Tell me, what foods do you know are good for your soul? How can you incorporate them into your life on a daily basis?

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  1. I love your website so much, it’s literally the first page I open up in the morning. Thank you so much for all the great recipes you create for us;)

  2. You were right – this one does look amazing!! I know you and I have had the food-emotion connection chat already but I feel like I could talk about it until I’m blue in the face! For me, I know that a diet made up of primarily fruits and veggies is what makes me feel at my best. Not only does it make me feel physically strong and energized, but it gives me peace of mind knowing that I’m providing my body with the nutrients it needs. I’ll spiralize to that! ;)

  3. Looks delicious! I done eat bean sprouts that often – unless it is for pad thai – but I have never really considered them as a pasta sub. Great idea!! It has been too long since I’ve had spiralized zucchini. I should try that soon. :)

  4. Funny–I just bought some bean sprouts at the grocery store this week! And I hadn’t bought any in years . . . but I saw the bag (it’s a new item at our store), and was so excited. I’ve been tossing them into my lunch salads every day. I love their crunch. My favorite way to enjoy them is tossed into a veggie stir-fry.

    • Yum, they’re great in stir-fries that for sure. I chopped them up roughly and added them to my curry soup this afternoon. It was pretty darn delicious, too!

  5. Food for our souls… definitely chocolate! ;) Chocolate ALWAYS makes us feel happy! So does nut butter, giant salads, hummus. Eating them always makes us feel like we can take on the day and put us in a good mood. And beats. They make us feel like super humans. Must be the bright red colour!

  6. This looks delicious! I am a huge curry lover, so I will definitely have to try this out. I love the addition of yogurt and the protein it contributes. :-)

    • For sure, you could add any yogurt you wanted to add extra protein. If you’re not sensitive to dairy, Greek yogurt would be pretty amazing!

    • Thanks Carol! I’ve been eating it all week long. Just can’t get enough!

    • Oh good, I’m glad! Kevin used to hate the smell of garam masala too. I just kept cooking Indian food until he got used to it haha. Thanks for the award :)

  7. Made this last night – and enjoyed it, though I used far less curry powder than suggested. Actually I just poured the sauce over some leftover brown rice and homemade sprouts (bean/lentil/pea combo). I do have a question about the recipe: the onions are listed with the sauce ingredients but the instructions mention steaming the onion along with the veg. Could you clarify where the onions fit into the recipe, please?

    • Hi Kika – glad you liked the recipe! I used my homemade curry powder so it may be a different, more milder flavor than store bought. Thanks for pointing out the error there. Should be onions in the dressing and steamed onions in the salad. I’ve edited the recipe, too. Sorry about that!

      • Ok, thanks. I only used less curry b/c it typically isn’t a favorite for me but I did enjoy this recipe. Also… food that is good for my soul? Organic dark chocolate. In small amounts. Happy drug.

    • Heck yes I do! I use it for all the small jobs around my kitchen and leave the vitamix to do large things like smoothies, soups and such.

  8. What the heck is a spiralizer? ;} Now I gotta find out by reading through your blog a bit more.
    I love bean sprouts in my stir fry but also in my salads, especially tuna. I think the crunch makes the meal more satisfying.

    My new feel good food is green smoothies.

    • I love the idea of you coming to visit more! A spiralizer is a tool that’s used to make vegetable noodles, usually zucchini noodles. Definitely worth every penny. I make them daily now!

  9. Such a simple dish but hella tasty! Our brother sprouts a whole load of veggies, beans and legumes and we distribute them right the way across Ireland, they’re really taking off here and they’re so powerful nutritionally!

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