Macrobiotic Sesame Kale Bowl Recipe

By Sara Strother

When Native Foods came to Chicago I just about peed my pants. However, after a few times there I became skeptical. How could this be healthy and fast foods at the same time?

At home you have the control over what goes in your body. Since the NF website says jack about the food being organic I’ll also assume Native Foods does not use organic kale, etc. Did you know kale that is not organic is now on the Dirty Dozen PLUS list?

Why are the sauces always so yummy there too? I often wonder about the hidden sugars so I just decided to start cracking the code at home to one of my favorite offerings at the cafe. Here’s the recipe:

Serves 2 VERY hungry yogis or 4 with self control

Ginger Tahini Dressing:
1 T grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c tahini
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 c lemon juice
3 T water
pinch black pepper

The Bowl:

1 cup quinoa, dry
1 large bunch of kale
1 pkg. tempeh, cubed
Sauerkraut, desired amount
-Pronounced “go-ma-shee-o”. This Japanese condiment made by grinding equal parts black sesame seeds and sea salt or can be purchased in the Asian section of Whole Foods.


Whisk all sauce ingredients.

Cook 1 cup of dry quinoa in 2 cups of water by first bringing to a boil, covering, and then simmering for 20-25 minutes or until water has been absorbed. Meanwhile in another pot steam cubed tempeh for 5-10 minutes.

Blanch the kale by bringing a pot of salted water to boil, immerse leaves, turn off heat and let sit for 3 minutes. Then drain and put in an ice bath for a minute. Drain again and thoroughly squeeze all water out. Coarsely chop.

Toss tempeh, kale and sauce in a bowl. Serve with cooked quinoa, sauerkraut and gomashio.



Known for her attention to detail, challenging practices and poetic integration of yoga philosophy, Sara provides students with a rich experience for growth physically and mentally. There is always an aim for movement in class; be it a pinnacle pose, working a key action, or contemplating a specific theme.  Check her out on or in Chicago at yogaview.  Sara has been a committed student to yoga since 1999.  She holds teaching certifications since 2004 and continually studies under Noah Maze of YogaMaze and local Iyengar teachers.  She’s a mother, a hiker, and a plant-based dynamo in the kitchen. Visit Sara at

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