This salad is highly modifiable though so you can feel free to change up the veggies based on your personal taste (especially this time of year when you probably have an abundance of veggies on hand needing to be used up).
I call it a vegetarian cobb salad because of the variety and colors of the veggies on top as well as the smoky sweet taste that is contributed by roasted bbq cauliflower that replaces the usual bacon. It is so satisfying and hearty. Filling enough for dinner yet not so sturdy that you can’t fill in cracks with a little fro yo later like I did :).
Vegetarian Cobb Salad (adapted from here)
•1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
•1/2 c. BBQ sauce
•1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
•1 avocado, sliced
•2 ears of corn, cooked and sliced
•1/2 of a red onion, diced
•2 medium shredded carrots
•6 c. lettuce
•crushed torilla chips
Preheat over to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Place cauliflower florets on the sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Brush the BBQ sauce onto the cauliflower. Bake another 5-10 minutes. Arrange lettuce on four plates. Top with a “strip” each of black beans, sliced avocado, corn, red onion, shredded carrots and tortilla chips. Serve with you favorite creamy dressing (we used a light ranch). Enjoy! Serves 4
Hey everyone! I know it has been a while but I wanted to share an amazing product that I am currently enjoying immensely: Nothin’ But Granola Cookies and Oat Bars
They are oat-based bars and granola cookies produced by a company called Nothin’ But. They have no artificial anything in them and use really good quality ingredients. The oat bars come in four flavors: cherry cranberry almond, chocolate coconut almond, ginger lemon cashew and peanut butter banana chocolate.
Check out the ingredient list for my favorite the peanut butter banana chocolate:
roasted unsalted peanuts, oats, sunflower seeds, banana chips (organic sugar, sunflower oil), organic cane sugar, honey, olive oil, semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin an emulsifier, vanilla, and natural flavoring), 72% chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa, soy lecithin added as an emulsifier) organic oat flour, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt
and compare to the ingredients list of a nutrigrain blueberry bar:
CRUST: WHOLE GRAIN OATS, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN B1 [THIAMIN MONONITRATE], VITAMIN B2 [RIBOFLAVIN], FOLIC ACID), WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SOYBEAN AND/OR CANOLA OIL, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, SUGAR, DEXTROSE, FRUCTOSE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, WHEY, WHEAT BRAN, SALT, CELLULOSE, POTASSIUM BICARBONATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MONO-AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, WHEAT GLUTEN, NIACINAMIDE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, CARRAGEENAN, ZINC OXIDE, REDUCED IRON, GUAR GUM, VITAMIN B6 (PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE), VITAMIN B1 (THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE), VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN), FILLING: INVERT SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, BLUEBERRY PUREE CONCENTRATE, GLYCERIN, SUGAR, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SODIUM ALGINATE, CITRIC ACID, METHYLCELLULOSE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MALIC ACID, BLUEBERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, RED 40, BLUE 1.
What a difference! These bars meet the clean ingredients check but do they taste good?
These are amazing.
The peanut butter banana chocolate sounds like such a simple and common combination but this bar has a really nice mellow peanut taste backed by the crispy oats, rich dark chocolate and these amazing sweet-salty banana chip chunks scattered throughout the bar. So good 🙂
There are also three granola cookie flavors: peanut butter banana chocolate, chocolate coconut almond and cherry cranberry almond. All three taste very similar to their bar counterparts but with a lower ratio of oats which leaves room for more the good stuff–dark chocolate chunks, coconut, banana chips, almonds etc.
They are also only 100 calories each so they are the perfect little afternoon coffee break snack or guilt free topping crumbled over greek yogurt.
You can purchase the cookies/bars online or at select specialty stores (I hear they are trying to get them into Whole Foods!).
I really can’t say enough good things about these bars. I rarely eat oat-based granola products because I am not a huge fan of them. Now, I think it was because I had never had these products done right. Nothin’ But has introduced me to a world of deliciousness that comes from combining attention to detail and highly flavorful quality ingredients.
Now if you excuse me I must go eat a chocolate almond granola cookie right now before I drool all over my laptop keyboard.