Brightland Creations: Veggie Bowl with Olive Oil Avocado Dressing

Makers' Corner, Recipes | May 20, 2019
Meet Sophia, Project Coordinator for Brightland and our first team member feature on Field Notes!
Brightland Creations: Veggie Bowl with Olive Oil Avocado Dressing

As project coordinator, Sophia does a little bit of everything at Brightland, including content creation + curation, wholesale management and other special projects. When she isn't at Brightland HQ, Sophia loves reading a good (paperback, not Kindle) book outside in the LA sun, taking her Bernese Mountain Dog on a run, and making the 5 hour trek to Mammoth Mountain for a weekend of skiing. Keep reading for a Q&A and her go-to lunch recipe, featuring Brightland. 

 

Q&A With Sophia Ozburn

 

Brightland: What is your favorite way to use olive oil?  

Sophia: Baking! I find baking so relaxing and a very indulgent weekend morning activity. I love to experiment with healthy-ish baking recipes, and olive oil is always a key component. One of my favorites is an almond flour chocolate chip pumpkin loaf!

 

Brightland: How do you unplug and disconnect?

Sophia: By going on a long post-dinner walk with my boyfriend and our dogs. Unlike my hometown of Austin, Los Angeles has very cool and refreshing evenings, and a long slow walk after a long fast-paced day is the best way to unwind and catch up. And leave the phones at home!  

 

Brightland: What does living in a golden state mean to you? 

Sophia: Slowing down, appreciating and putting thought into everything you do.  

 

Brightland: What do you like to keep out on your kitchen countertop or "kitchen shelfie"?

Sophia: My Brightland DUO, a bowl of lemons and limes, and a bag of ginger chews for easy access.  

 

Brightland: If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life (but receive all the nutritional benefits + look fabulous), what would you choose? 

Sophia: My grandfather's cornmeal pancakes without a doubt. They taste like childhood mornings and butter

 

Southern connection: Both Sophia and Brightland founder Aishwarya grew up in Texas! 

Veggie Bowl 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 sweet potato 
  • 2 tbsp Brightland's AWAKE
  • 1 can of sweetcorn 
  • 1 can of black beans 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp pepper 
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes

 

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Chop up the half sweet potato into 1/2 inch thick slices, then quarter each slice
    3. Spread sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tbsp of Brightland's AWAKE, roast for 30 minutes? 
    4. While sweet potatoes are roasting, add canned corn, black beans, salt, pepper, and chili pepper to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes
    5. Pour corn and bean mixture into a bowl, place sweet potatoes on top, and drizzle with olive oil avocado dressing.

     

     

    Olive Oil Avocado Dressing  

    Ingredients:

    • 1 large poblano pepper 
    • 1/2 large avocado 
    • 1/2 lime 
    • 1/4 cup of cilantro 
    • 2 cloves of garlic 
    • 3-5 green onions, chopped 
    • salt 
    • 4 tbsp Brightland's AWAKE

     

    Directions: 

    1. Place poblano pepper over direct heat from stove, rotating until completely black. Place in paper/plastic bag and seal while it's still hot. Let it steam for 5 minutes then run under cold water, peel skin away, remove seeds and chop.
    2. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix, add up to 1/4 cup of water for ideal consistency. Drizzle over the veggies and enjoy!