When I thought about what would go into an All American Bowl, there was no way for everything to fit. That’s because there is so much diversity that makes up American cuisine today.
While the hamburger and hotdog are still American staples, we have expanded to include food from the diverse culture that makes up America. So, I had to decide based on what I was feeling that day.
Sersie's All American Bowl has 5 key components:
- BBQ Soy Curls
- Spicy Asian Slaw with Tasty Almond Dressing
- Southern Style Collard Greens
- Japanese Sweet Potato
- Grilled Avocado
Besides being nutritionally sound, I started with collard greens because it reminds me of the South and the unique flavors that make it distinct. These garlicky Southern Style Collard Greens are simple but hit the spot every time and add just the right balance to the bowl.
The BBQ Soy Curls were a must for me! Many would argue that BBQ of any kind rings all American, especially when celebrating July 4th. Gigi and I made these during girls’ night in cook and chat, and boy, were they delicious. The meaty texture of the soy curls smothered in a sweet and spicy aptly named The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce was a hit.
I believe you can’t talk about American cuisine without talking about Mexican food. The avocado represented my love for Mexican food and the vast influence it has had on my cooking style since adopting a plant-based diet. If you haven’t had an avocado grilled, you are missing out on it. Grilling takes the flavor to another level!
Potatoes, in general, are all American, but I chose the Japanese sweet potato because it’s my favorite potato to eat. It’s the perfect balance between a russet potato and a sweet potato. In addition, it highlights the diversity within America.
I am a lover of Asian cuisine, so I added a spicy Asian Slaw with Tasty Almond Dressing that gives this bowl just the right kick.
How to Prepare
BBQ Soy Curls
- Soak dehydrated soy curls in water for 10 minutes to rehydrate.
- Remove and carefully squeeze out excess water.
- Preheat a skillet and add soy curls. Immediately stir in enough BBQ sauce to generously coat the soy curls. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until heated through.
Asian Slaw with Tasty Almond Dressing
- Combine all dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl and, using a spoon or whisk, stir until well combined. For a thinner consistency, add another tablespoon of water.
- Mix all slaw veggies into a large bowl.
- Pour dressing over veggies and stir until well coated.
Southern-Style Collard Greens
- Preheat a large pot over medium heat.
- Once the pot is hot, dry-sauté thinly sliced onion for 4 minutes or until it starts to brown, adding a dash of water if it sticks to the pan. Stir in crushed red pepper and continue cooking for another minute. Add chopped collard greens and vegetable broth and stir with sautéed onion and crushed red pepper. Put a lid on and allow it to steam until slightly tender and bright green, usually 3 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in apple cider vinegar and coconut aminos.
Japanese Sweet Potato
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Pierce potatoes with a fork or knife.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Preheat a grill or grill pan over high heat.
- Slice avocados in half and carefully remove the pit.
- Grill avocados cut side down for 5 to 6 minutes.
Assemble your bowl with each of the five beautiful components, and enjoy!
Get creative with your bowl
There is no right or wrong way to create an all-American bowl. The key to creating your own all-American bowl is to create a melting pot and pull from the various diverse cuisines that exist in America.
Start with the flavors, spices, and type of food you love. For example, you can take a traditional collard greens dish and add the African spice harissa for a unique flavor. You could also add your favorite bean and spice it up with Indian, Mexican, or Italian spices. Another option is to marinate tofu or tempeh in jerk seasoning for a Jamaican twist.
The options are endless! The goal is to have fun and to explore all the rich cultures of foods that exist in America. Spoiler alert: You may have to create more than one bowl.
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