Roasted Maple Acorn Squash & Turmeric Cauliflower Buddha Bowls

Roasted Maple Acorn Squash & Turmeric Cauliflower Buddha Bowls

These roasted maple acorn squash and turmeric cauliflower buddha bowls are packed with some of my favorite fall flavors. This recipe is great for lunch or dinner and would be a perfect vegan option to serve at Thanksgiving. Once you’ve got all your roasted goodness in the bowl, drizzle with a simple maple tahini dressing.Roasted Maple Acorn Squash & Turmeric Cauliflower Buddha Bowls Roasted Maple Acorn Squash & Turmeric Cauliflower Buddha Bowls

I’m roasting acorn squash, cauliflower and chickpeas, but you can customize your buddha bowl with any produce you’d like (butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, bussles sprouts, etc.). Adding avocado, topping with pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds, and swapping rice for quinoa are all other ideas for making this bowl your own.Roasted Maple Acorn Squash & Turmeric Cauliflower Buddha Bowls

Roasted Maple Acorn Squash & Turmeric Cauliflower Buddha Bowls

Yield: 4 bowls

Roasted Maple Acorn Squash & Turmeric Cauliflower Buddha Bowls

Ingredients

  • 4 big handfuls of kale
  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • For the acorn squash:
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the cauliflower:
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the chickpeas:
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Salt to taste
  • For the maple tahini dressing:
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash and prepare the ingredients. Rinse and drain the chickpeas then pat dry with a paper towel. Cut the head of cauliflower into florets. Cut the ends off the acorn squash, remove the seeds, slice into 1/2" rounds.
  3. Place the chickpeas, squash and cauliflower in separate bowls and toss with the appropriate spices and oil (see ingredient lists). To cut down on dishes to wash, you can do this directly on separate pans and just toss with your hands. If you want to cut down on pans, put the chickpeas and cauliflower on different sides of the same pan (they'll need to roast for the same amount of time) and the acorn squash on a separate pan.
  4. Roast the chickpeas for 40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes so that they cook evenly. Roast the cauliflower for 40 minutes. Roast the acorn squash for 30 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
  5. While your veggies and chickpeas roast, cook the quinoa. Add 1 cup dry to 2 cups boiling water and then bring to a simmer for about 10-15 minutes until fluffy.
  6. While the quinoa cooks, massage your kale. Place the kale in a big bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt and a squeeze of lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar). Massage for 60 seconds then set aside.
  7. Prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple tahini dressing ingredients.
  8. When everything is cooked and roasted, assemble your bowl, top with pomegranate seeds and drizzle with dressing.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/11/12/roasted-maple-acorn-squash-turmeric-cauliflower-buddha-bowls/

Roasted Maple Acorn Squash & Turmeric Cauliflower Buddha Bowls

You might recognize the chickpea component of these buddha bowls from last week (check out the post here). The roasted maple acorn squash also makes for a great side on its own (top the slices with a little bit of hummus—so good!).

Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Maple Roasted Chickpeas

These maple roasted chickpeas make for a filling snack or perfect topper for salads and buddha bowls. But before we get to the recipe, I’ve got to solicit you guys for DC recommendations! I’m heading to Washington D.C. this afternoon for an exciting project, and while I’ll be busy working most the time, I’ve extended my stay an extra day to be a tourist. Where should I eat? Any fitness studios I’ve got to try out? Leave a comment or shoot me a message on social media if you have any suggestions for me. 🙂 Maple Roasted Chickpeas

I make a batch or two of roasted chickpeas almost every week for adding to salads and bowls, and love this maple flavor combo for fall. The maple cinnamon combo makes these chickpeas perfect for pairing with squash, sweet potatoes and all your favorite autumn produce.
Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  3. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl so that chickpeas are thoroughly coated.
  4. Spread onto a pan lined with parchment paper into a single layer.
  5. Roast for 40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes so they cook evenly.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/11/05/maple-roasted-chickpeas/

Maple Roasted Chickpeas Maple Roasted Chickpeas

When I go food shopping for the week, I have to think about the weight of what I’m buying because I don’t have a car and now live a good 20-minute walk away from a decent grocery store. Something that’s been a big help is ordering heavy canned foods (like the chickpeas I used in this recipe) from Thrive. I’m late to the Thrive game but am now obsessed. Pantry staples delivered right to my door at a discount—it’s SO convenient. If you haven’t tried it, you can get 25% off your first order and free shipping with my referral link. Just a little PSA for my fellow carless city dwellers. 😉

My Favorite Things: October

Happy Friday! A few days late on this, but let’s round up my favorites from October.

Favorite Products & Services

Coola Sunless Tanner Products

It’s moments like this when I really wish I could blog in emojis. I need the hallelujah jazz hands emoji and the sassy hand-flip girl emoji with tan skin. 

After an event I co-hosted at Credo, I was gifted two organic sunless tanning products from Coola with which I am now OBSESSED. The Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist is super easy to apply. I mist a thin layer over one body part at a time and then rub it in before bed. I usually can’t stand the smell of sunless tanner but this product is super mild. The next morning I have a natural looking glow. So easy! The Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum builds gradually. You can apply a couple drops in your regular face lotion or just apply it like you would any other serum. I put it on before bed a few days in a row and then have the perfect color. It’s November in Boston—I’m not trying to look like I just got back from the Caribbean—so I love that these products are so gradual and easy to control.

Credo is actually having their Friends & Family sale this weekend so you can take 20% off these products (and their entire website of clean beauty products)! Use the code CREDOFAM at checkout.

Reebok Oversized Crew Neck Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt is so cozy! I got it during a photoshoot the other weekend and have been wearing it nonstop ever since. It looks really good paired with tight leggings and has become my go-to when walking to and from the studio to teach. Joe calls me Kayne West when I wear it because it has the oversized look of his Yeezy clothing line (lol).

Favorite Workouts

Barry’s with Friends

with Blair & Ana

In October, Barry’s Bootcamp did a special where you could get a free class for bringing in a new client. I loved getting to exploit my friends for free workouts! 😉

Aerial Yoga at Swet Studio

I finally tried aerial yoga this month! I took two classes at Swet Studio in the South End: their First Time Riders intro class and then their Restore class. The intro class was a good introduction to the silks, and while there is a lot of standing around and instruction, you get to come into some great positions and finish the class by going upside down. Hanging upside down on the silks feels AMAZING. It’s the sweetest relief for my neck and I’m seriously craving the next time I can do it again.

For the Restore class, the silks hang low towards the floor and you are laying down most the time and it’s so incredibly relaxing. I will definitely be back and can’t wait to try their regular aerial class as well.

25-Minute Lower Body Circuit Workout

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & LegsIf you missed the workout I posted last week, be sure to check it out! The reviews are coming in and seems like you all love it (glad I’m not the only one who got my ass kicked by this one!). 😉

Favorite Things I Watched

American Vandal | This Netflix series making fun of all the true crime documentaries that are so popular these days is HILARIOUS. Joe and I finished it in just two days because we couldn’t stop watching. The Dylan Maxwell and Alex Trimboli characters KILLED ME. Ahhh it’s so good, just watch it.

How to Fix Rounded Shoulders | This is a great YouTube video on fixing rounded shoulders and improving posture. It’s something I’m currently working on myself!

Favorite Moments

Long Weekend in Maine

I spent a long weekend up in Rangeley at my parents’ home and it was a much-needed dose of nature. We went leaf peepin’ on the lake, walked through the woods, fed the birds and relaxed. I posted more pics on my Insta if you’re interested.

Reebok Photoshoots

with Blair, Sarah & my Btone fam

I got the chance to do not one but two awesome photoshoots with Reebok. The first was around the Seaport and the second was at Btone. So grateful for Reebok including me!

Halloween

I kinda threw in the towel on a costume this year and just grabbed some stuff from Forever21 and called myself a hippie. Joe put a little more effort into his Riff Raff costume (side note: very proud of my braiding skills). Not as good as our Napoleon and Pedro costume last year, but still a fun time with friends!

My monthly favorites posts are never sponsored, however they typically contain a few affiliate links. I get sent a lot of free products, and the first section of this post might highlight a couple of my favorites. I’m never required to or being paid to feature these freebies and only share the ones I truly love and think my readers will enjoy as well.