The Jackson Bowl with Vegan Comeback Sauce
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5 from 10 votes

The Jackson Bowl

Start with already-prepared red beans or season them simply as directed in the first step below.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 3 cups cooked red beans seasoned as below, or prepared ahead
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
  • 1 generous pinch smoked salt optional
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1 bunch kale about 12 ounces, removed from stems and chopped or other chopped greens
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice or other grain
  • 8 tablespoons Vegan Comeback Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts


  • Red Beans: Start with already-prepared Easy Red Beans or season your own red beans by sauteing 1 diced onion, 2 chopped ribs of celery, 1/2 diced bell pepper, and 3-4 cloves minced garlic until onion is softened. Add the cooked beans, a little water, and 1 to 2 teaspoons (or more to taste) of Cajun or Creole seasoning. Simmer for at least 20 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
  • Sweet Potato Croutons: Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine maple syrup, soy sauce, and smoked salt in a large bowl. Add diced sweet potato and toss to coat. Spread on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Bake for about 20 minutes or until tender and just beginning to brown, stirring once.
  • Kale or Other Greens: Steam until tender. Or, in a large covered wok or deep skillet, sauté a small, sliced onion until translucent and add a couple cloves garlic, kale, and about 1/4 cup water. Cover and steam, stirring once or twice, until the kale is tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Build a Bowl: Place 1/2 cup cooked grain on the bottom of each bowl and top with 1/2 cup red beans. Add a healthy layer of greens, some Comeback Sauce, and another 1/4 cup of red beans. Top with sweet potato croutons, more sauce, and a sprinkling of chopped pecans or walnuts. Enjoy!


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 75.9g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 863.6mg | Fiber: 15.6g | Sugar: 10g