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A Bowl Full of Life

Posted on Aug 30, 2017 by in recipe | 6 comments

My daughter recently made a scrumptious meal-in-a-bowl for my lunch. It was fabulous-tasting! Each ingredient was also full of life-giving, nutrient-dense foods that fuel the body with everything needed for optimal health and well-being.

Life in a Bowl

(makes four servings)


“Green” Hummus:

  • 2-15 oz. cans of no salt garbanzo beans (drained and set the liquid aside)
  • 2 T. tahini
  • 1/2 cup of garbanzo bean liquid
  • 1 lime (juiced with no seeds)
  • 1 lemon (juiced with no seeds)
  • 1 t. sage
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 3 gloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley
  • 2 T. fresh mint
  • Two, huge handfuls of spinach

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.


Middle Layer:

  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 4 cups of water

Bring to a boil and then simmer for 12 minutes. Cover and set aside for another 5 minutes.

Then add:

  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. sage
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 2 T. finely chopped mint
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime


Directions: Chop up your favorite greens and put them in the bottom of four bowls. Then add the quinoa/lentil layer, followed by a few spoonfuls of hummus. Garnish with slices of avocado and raw pumpkins seeds.




Since we “eat” with our eyes as well as our stomachs, it’s important to give attention to the visual presentation of meals too. A simple, clay bowl–thrown on a potter’s wheel–makes the perfect bowl to add an artistic touch to any meal. Most towns have art fairs where potters sell their works for reasonable prices.

My oldest son is a potter and made these bowls. I placed a butter knife in the picture for scale. My daughter made my meal in the bowl on the left, but either size will work, depending upon one’s preference.

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  1. This looks so good – can’t wait to try it!

    • It was literally one of the best meals I’ve ever had!

      • Made this tonight for dinner…fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

        • Glad you liked it, Susie. It’s a keeper, for sure! Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Emily,
    Looks delicious. Thanks for posting. Even though I have a whole office closet filled with books for nutrient dense meals it’s interesting to me to see what the people I know are eating to stay healthy and well. “Green” comes in so many beautiful shades of color. I’ve added some of the ingredients of your recipe to
    this week’s grocery list.

    • So true, Diane. Green is such a pleasing color for the eyes to behold. Enjoy the deliciousness of that recipe’s combination of ingredients!

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