Meatless Mondays: Glory Bowl

Start the new year off on a healthy note with this delicious vegetarian dinner full of vibrant nutrients and bold taste

Credit: Catherine Roscoe Barr

The Glory Bowl is a healthy, easy and tasty way to kick off the new year

Yes! A super healthy meal that is super delicious, and packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like beets, carrots, spinach, almonds, brown rice, and apple cider vinegar

My family spent the holidays in beautiful, relaxing Victoria and shared many a fabulous meal.

For Christmas, my brother and his girlfriend bought my mom the Whitewater Cooks: Pure, Simple and Real Creations from The Fresh Tracks Cafe cookbook.

They live in Nelson, BC, where The Fresh Tracks Cafe is located, and have tried a number of the recipes there. I flipped through the cookbook and got excited about nearly every recipe (it’s awesome from cover to cover), and when I suggested we make the Glory Bowl they wholeheartedly agreed. 

This dish is so colourful and attractive, you just can’t wait to dig in when it’s put in front of you. I loved all of the different textures – crunchy almonds, chewy brown rice, and creamy sauce – and it’s very hearty and satisfying. 


Serves 4

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup tofu, cubed 
  • 1 cup beets, grated
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup pea shoots (we added this to the recipe)
  • 1 cup almonds, toasted and chopped 
  • dressing

    • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    • 8 tsp water
    • 8 tsp soy sauce
    • 8 tsp apple cider vinegar
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 tbsp tahini paste


  1. Cook rice and set aside.
  2. In large, lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat, saute tofu.
  3. In blender, or using hand blender and bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
  4. To assemble bowls, divide rice into 4 bowls and top with tofu, beets, carrots, spinach, pea shoots and almonds.
  5. Drizzle with dressing and serve.