veggie power stack

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, Dinner, Gluten Free, grilling, Happy Hour at Home, recipes, summertime, Vegan

My new favorite lunch is a fusion of many favorites – fresh vegetables, grilling, and tasty food that is also vibrant and energizing. I call it my lunchtime power stack, or veggie stack.

This stack started with a base of steamed* cauliflower. Next up, a mashed sweet potato. Top that with a slice of grilled pineapple, a few grilled onion rings, and lightly steamed* asparagus. A generous sprinkling of sesame adds more great flavor.

*I have also grilled all ingredients using a grill basket.

This works warm with freshly steamed and grilled components. Cold or room temperature is also good, especially on a warm Saturday while sitting in the sun with a dachshund.

Basil would like to make it known he is not picky – warm or cool, he will take his power stack either way.

Sweet and savory, fun and filling, I have been stacking my lunches all week. I am excited to share other versions of the stack – even more colorful!


{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jess June 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

Wow. You’ve outdone yourself. This is such a simple idea but one I’d NEVER think of on my own, for real. It looks SO YUMMY and refreshing and light and perfect for the summer. I’m totally making this (I really love the grilled pineapple part most of all!!)

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2 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

I hope you do make these, Jess – you will love Love LOVE it! :)

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3 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List June 7, 2012 at 5:24 am

looks like a yummy little volcano!

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4 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

ha, didn’t think about it that way but yes it does! :)

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5 Heather (Where's the Beach) June 7, 2012 at 5:47 am

Um – hello! Wow. That looks amazing. I would kill to get that in a restaurant around here. Can you please move this way????

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6 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

I would love to find these in a restaurant here, too… and the chances of that are probably greater out this way, hint hint ;)

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7 Steve @ the black peppercorn June 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

I love stacks. this looks amazing from a visual perspective. And it would be so healthy as well. YUM!

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8 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

thanks, Steve! I like my food to be nice to look at too…

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9 jobo June 7, 2012 at 7:04 am

(I love Heather’s comment – so funny, but so true! amazing concoction!). Wow, this is definitely one of your most creative and perfect for summer eating meals!!

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10 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

definitely great for summer eating – I have been loving these all week!

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11 Caitlin@The Vegan Chickpea June 7, 2012 at 7:09 am

i love this, lady! i need to make myself a veggie power stack- STAT! ;)

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12 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

yes you do – now, Now NOW! :)

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13 Nichole June 7, 2012 at 7:16 am

If Spongebob lived in a veggie pineapple on the land. This is such a brilliant combo, and it makes cauliflower look good. Nice work!

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14 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

this would make a GREAT Spongebob igloo! :D

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15 Amber Lou June 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

Wow! Do I see Veggie Power Stack Wedding Cakes in your future?

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16 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

oooh, now THAT is a tasty idea! so awesome.

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17 sippitysup June 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

I am sure this is delicious. But it sorta looks like a hat I really want to wear. GREG

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18 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

this would make a nice hat, like an updated Carmen Miranda? or food themed Minnie Pearl!

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19 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit June 7, 2012 at 9:06 am

Stacks… brilliant! I love the idea of making the food we eat pretty and bright. Makes me just want to dig in.

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20 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

you know I love the bright and vibrant food too… and recently I can’t stop stacking it! ;)

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21 lindsay June 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

this is why i love you! BRILLIANT< CLEVER< AMAZING! I want to grab a spooon now!

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22 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

aw, thanks Linds. I wish you were my neighbor… I’d have you over for lunch like this all the time! XO

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23 Tommy June 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

well Slap Your Mama! this is epic! I wish I could borrow your imaginations for ONE day. Love this.

…and don’t slap anyone, especial your Mama. ;)

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24 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

ha! I won’t slap my Mama, it was her birthday that day! ;) but I appreciate the connotation, and yes, these are that good! :D

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25 Tommy June 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

and I want a hat like this too!

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26 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

haaa Tommy. ;)

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27 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

wow that is one gorgeous lunch!! i love the wonderful layers of color! thanks for sharing!

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28 Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! June 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

wherever you get the ideas for these fantastic combinations is so beyond me. Looks so delicious! Pretty food always makes things so much better. Especially pretty & nutritious veggie food.

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29 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

thanks, Rachel – these are fun (I love stacking food…) and I can’t stop making them! lunch every day this week. ;)

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30 Magic of Spice June 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

How fun and delicious!

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31 Pure2raw twins June 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

love veggie stacks. they are so pretty and easy to make too. love your version. so pretty too!

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32 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) June 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I love these! On days I get to each lunch at home, I love fixing big salads, but the veggie stack seems like a fun way to get my vitamins in :)

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33 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

just about any food is better stacked, right? more fun. tastes better. ;)

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34 nik June 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I feel healthier (and more powerful!) just looking at it…it’s a Superhero-worthy Stack! Many thanks. :)

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35 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

you are welcome, Nik! Superhero worthy, huh? thank you! ;)

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36 denise June 8, 2012 at 3:31 am

Pretty. I think I’d like to eat that right now for breakfast.

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37 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

I would too, Denise!

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38 Ashley F. June 8, 2012 at 6:06 am

YUM! Looks like this would be very filling and I love meals made entirely of veggies – it’s a nice change of pace!

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39 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

I have been loving these, Ashley! wait until you see the next one, it is SO pretty! :D

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40 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I LOVE THIS VEGGIE TOWER! The colors! The layers! The asparagus peeking out of the onion ring like noble folks who stand on the tower of their castle, looking around their lands and saying, “ah, isn’t it nice here?” :D

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41 dorry June 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

this is fantastic! so many ideas popped into my head about what I could layer. I want to incorporate avocado – no surprise there! and I hope you are using your sriracha spray on these delicious stacks!

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42 Baker Street June 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

I love stacks and you’ve presented it so well! I would certainly be looking forward to lunch time if I knew this was on the menu! :)

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43 Carrie June 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Kristina, your creativity and eye for beauty astounds and inspires me!

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44 Krista June 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

Almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Looks absolutely fabulous and the fusion of flavors makes it a winner…and let me guess, you sprayed it with your sriracha bottle!

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45 Tommy June 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

well mine is not anything to look at, LOL, but it sure tastes good! can’t wait to see more power stacks!

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46 kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty July 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

this is hilarious! i love it! haha :)

thank you for sharing with Fresh Foods Wednesday – hope to see you back next week!

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47 kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty July 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

hello darling!

you’ve been featured this week at the Fresh Foods Blog Hop for this post. Hope to see you again this week!

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48 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

why, thank you my dear! :) and I already beat ya to it… I shared the cherries we just picked tonight, from our yard! no recipe with them yet, hopefully soon! XO

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49 Allison August 13, 2012 at 4:32 am

this is so fun!

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