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Jul 09

Yummy Bowl

Aloha! Ohhhh the things we find on Pinterest!!! My Shoyu Chicken recipe has been repinned 35 times as of this post… and almost all from people I don’t know!!! For my blog that is less than 3 months old, I am quite excited about that!  Anytime I receive an email that someone has repinned it, I get super excited and have to go check out the pinner’s boards as well. Gotta share the love!

The Shoyu Chicken recipe is super delicious and super easy to make. You know what that means, right? Yep, I make it a lot!!!  …and there are always leftovers. I love leftovers and finding new ways to use them. I feel a great sense of accomplishment on being able to use the leftovers in the refrigerator before they go bad. Since food in Hawaii is a little more expensive to buy, the sense of accomplishment is even greater when I am able to prevent the science experiments from launching in the refrigerator.

I found something super cool and unique on Pinterest during one of my internet surfing sessions! (I haven’t tried the REAL surfing at the beach yet…) It’s called a YUMMY BOWL. I found the photo on Pinterest and it led me to a blog called Your Home Based Mom.  Apparently the Yummy Bowl originated from a restaurant found in Oregon and Washington called Cafe Yumm and it’s all about the YUM sauce!  What I love the most about this recipe is that is is extremely versatile and can be altered in an endless number of ways. I like to think that most cooking recipes are only suggestions and are meant to be changed to the cook’s preference.  …unless you’re baking, of course.

Here is the Yummy Sauce Recipe as found on Your Home Based Mom:

Yummy Sauce

1/2 C canola oil

1/2 C almonds (for a creamier sauce, use almond flour)

1/3 C nutritional yeast (Whole Foods)

1/2 C chickpeas or 1/2 C garbanzo beans, cooked

1/4 C soybeans, cooked

1/2 C filtered water (I just used bottled water)

1/2 C fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp dried cilantro

Directions:

Combine almonds, beans and oil in blender or food processor and process. Add all other ingredients and puree until nice and creamy smooth. Cover and let refrigerate for one hour. Keep refrigerated between uses.

Now, I don’t know about YOU, but I found an ingredient in there that I have never used nor seen before, nutritional yeast.  It is a de-activated yeast and I found it at Whole Foods in the bulk bins. Yep, there is really a Whole Foods on Maui, complete with palm trees in the parking lot. As much as I enjoy roaming the aisles, I do not frequent the store on a regular basis. If I didn’t find the nutritional yeast at Whole Foods, I would’ve ordered it from Amazon…in the box to the right…on this page…scroll down just a little and you should see it. I don’t enjoy shopping, crowds or going on scavenger hunts for unique products and I discovered a few years ago that Amazon is a dream come true for situations like these. If you type in “nutritional yeast” in the Amazon search box on the right, you will have several different products at your disposal to choose from and many can be delivered the next day. If you are like me and don’t like to pay shipping, a little more patience is necessary before your order arrives at your front door. Still, SOOOOO much easier than driving from store to store to find unique products!!!  Go ahead!  You can search for it now if you like…I’ll wait…

Did you find it?

Ok. Where were we before you went shopping? Oh yeah! The nutritional yeast has a nutty flavor and is a complete protein and a great source of vitamin-B complex. Probably something that should NOT be omitted or substituted in the Yummy Sauce recipe. Also, the leftover Yummy Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 months, but it probably won’t last that long because it’s…you guessed it…too YUMMY!!!

Yummy Sauce!

 The YUMMY SAUUUUUCE!!!  You can see all the bits of goodness blended into the sauce.

So here is how you set up the rest of the recipe once you have the Yummy Sauce made.

In Individual bowls:

1.  A layer of cooked brown or white rice (My favorite is Jasmine Rice)

2.  A nice layer of Yummy Sauce (I used about 3 tablespoons)

3.  A layer of shredded cheese (your choice – I omitted this layer all together)

4.  A layer of chopped vegetables – whatever you may have available.  (I used shredded lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and green onions.)  The possibilities are endless on what you can add to your veggie layer.

5.  Meat of your choice (I used the left over Shoyu Chicken!)

6.  Chopped nuts, almonds, peanuts or cashews, etc. (I used macadamia nuts)

7.  Teriyaki sauce or other sauce of choice or nothing (I used Teriyaki sauce)

 

Yummy Sauce

 This is the rice with the layer of Yummy Sauce on it before all the other goodies are added.

Yummy Bowl

The finished Yummy Bowl!!!

**I was not able to find the canned soy beans called for in the sauce, so I just used more Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas. Next time I might try black beans or kidney beans…because I have them!

**I found the Yummy Sauce thickens up a bit after being refrigerated over night. I thinned it with a little more lemon juice and water and it was perfect again. You may like it thicker.

I have Cilantro/Lime/Chili Chicken cooking in the crockpot today, so I am planning to try Mexican Yummy Bowls later in the week with THIS leftover chicken! Maybe add some black olives to the veggie layer as well as the layer of cheese, black beans, corn, etc. Or make a greek version with spinach, pine nuts and feta cheese. There are just so many ways this can be converted and used  with the Yummy Sauce being the constant in them all!

 

I hope you try this one! It is absolutely delicious and something we will be adding to our menu on a VERY frequent basis. Mahalo to Your Home Based Mom for the inspiration!

Aloha and mahalo (thank you) for visiting!

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