Bowl Filled with Super Good Stuff (Veggie Rice Bowl with Peanut Dressing)
share a salad instead of your opinion
things you’ll need: this essay, brown rice (or quinoa, coconut rice, noodles, etc), many veggies, crispy tofu (or other protein), peanut butter, limes, soy sauce/tamari/coconut aminos, honey (maple syrup, brown sugar, etc), sesame oil, garlic, pepper flake (chili garlic sauce or other spicy kick in the pants), water to thin, salt, pepper, and cilantro for garnish.
I needed something bright to eat, as though a colorful bowl full of crunchy things could force the grey out of the day. Built around Raw Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing from Minimalist Baker. Also used a little of this from Cookie and Kate and a little of this from Wok of Life (a go-to resource).
incidentally gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan
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You have a lot of opinions because you are an intelligent and complex individual capable of reflection and nuanced thought. Have all the opinions. Dive into those opinions and the experiences from which they stem. Really roll around in wondering how all the things in your life have informed those opinions. Given how nuanced and complex you are, leave a little grace to consider that you may not know how much you don’t know about a different lived experience.
When everybody is talking about the same thing, you wonder if you should say something too. Sometimes you, specifically, should not say anything.
If you find yourself at the intersection of Major Event and Not Your Lane: Stop, Look, and Listen. Make yourself a big salad full of crunchy things to chew on along with some new perspectives.
Julienne, cube, and/or shred a variety of various vegetables. Blanch some greens and snap or snow peas. Make some brown rice, noodles, or quinoa. Coat some marinated tofu in corn starch and fry it up, grill some chicken or steak, or don’t. Make your bowl into a rainbow because it makes you happy. (Always fill your bowl with whatever makes you happy.)
Read a lot about peanut dressings. Consider all the various approaches to peanut dressing. Pull from your own experiences and lean into your personal tastes. Start with a big dollop (3T-1/3 cups) of peanut butter, whether that’s creamy or crunchy. Add the juice from 1-3 limes, 1-3T of tamari (or soy or coconut aminos), some garlic (and/or ginger), a few teaspoons of sesame oil, whatever else you think it needs, and whisk until combined. Taste it. Add as much honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar as you like. Throw in some red pepper flake, chili garlic sauce, or whatever kind of spicy brings you joy. Thin it out with a little water and adjust the seasoning. Instead of drinking the dressing, drizzle it all over your bowl filled with super good stuff. Top with cilantro.
You have a lot of life experience and accumulated wisdom. Listening can’t undermine the ways in which you are a brilliant and specific authority on your own personal lane. If you hear something that teaches you more about what you don’t know, elevate that voice. If you have trouble resisting the urge to add your 2 cents, donate them instead. If that doesn’t quell your impulse to insert yourself, then fill your mouth with salad.
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