PREP TIME: 10 minutes (not including time to make Pickled Red Cabbage & Onion Relish and Lemon Tahini Sauce or Avocado Ranch Dressing)
ACTIVE TIME: 40 minutes
2 medium sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
Olive oil spray
2 pinches of smoked paprika
Salt and black pepper to taste
3 cups water
1½ cups roasted buckwheat groats (kasha)
2 to 3 cups chopped spinach
1½ cups cooked, warm kidney beans (or one 15-ounce) can, rinsed and drained; or use another bean of your choice)
1 cucumber, sliced
1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
Pickled Red Cabbage & Onion Relish
Lemon Tahini Sauce or Avocado Ranch Dressing
⅓ cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spread out the sweet potato cubes on the pan and spray with olive oil. Add the paprika, salt, and pepper and toss to coat. Bake for 30 minutes, or until tender and browned, tossing once halfway through to ensure even cooking. Set aside to cool.
2. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, cook the buckwheat groats: Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the buckwheat groats and return to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until most of the water has been absorbed, 11 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and add salt.
3. To serve, fill each bowl with spinach, buckwheat groats, beans, sweet potato, cucumber, avocado, and cabbage relish. Drizzle with dressing and top with toasted pepitas.
You can switch out the buckwheat groats with 3 cups cooked grain of your choice, such as rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, or even farro (though that won’t be gluten-free).