The perfect vegetarian meal is the whole bowl tali sauce recipe which also happens to be naturally gluten free. This bowl of deliciousness is also great for healthy meal planning and make ahead meal prep.
Just like with the best pumpkin loaf – the whole bowl with tali sauce was needing a little revamping in the picture department. Years ago when I got my first “real” camera for the blog, this was one of the first recipes I reshot – so this is technically a re-re shoot. Here is the picture from 2014, and I still love it, but it doesn’t show all the components that go in the dish, which I’ll share with you.
I don’t mind redoing and rephotographing this recipe though, because the whole bowl is SO GOOD, I could make it and make it and make it some more.
You know how there are certain dishes that just change your life? Well folks, this is one of them! I first came across The Whole Bowl when my husband (the wonderful hand model in our household) and I visited Portland a few years ago. We had The Whole Bowl at a food truck square and fell in love with it. The second we got back I set out to recreating the dish so we could enjoy it at home.
Since trying it for the first time, I have gone back to Portland and had the whole bowl again and again just to make sure my recipe was right, and I have to tell you, it tastes just like the dish from the food truck! Over the years, I’ve gotten some of the sweetest comments:
The bowl is said to be ‘like eating a hug’ and I can definitely see why-it’s warming, delicious, and has such a great flavor combination that is tied together by the Tali Sauce.
This is my take on the Tali sauce that I’ve refined and that has turned out better than expected and yummy every time (even the time I accidentally spilled the cayenne in and it was super spicy and I couldn’t feel my mouth…yeah even then it was good!)
It’s garlicy, it’s lemony, it has a unique combination of spices, and contains a secret ingredient – which is using nutritional yeast (you can find it at health food stores in the bulk spices aisle or in the baking aisle, or buy it on amazon here <- affiliate link, if you purchase it here I get a few pennies, yay!
Besides making the sauce (which only takes a few minutes) the other ingredients one just spoons on, it’s such an easy vegetarian dinner to make
TRY this amazingly delicious and unique dish, it’ll become a favorite!
This vegetarian meal is also great for making ahead/meal prepping. You put the rice and beans with tali sauce in one container (which can be microwaved) and then the toppings in another container. Reheating takes one minute. So easy, so delicious!
After making this sauce numerous times, I have found that it is best when made in a food processor – like this one (<–is the one I use), and you can buy the nutritional yeast online. Hope you enjoy!
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Update: I went back to Portland and had the Whole Bowl again just to compare my version and the ‘real’ thing, and I have to tell you – it was spot on, definitely try this recipe, it’s suuuuper good:
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