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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Buddha bowl

Buddha bowl

This post is going to be a little bit different.  I want to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart, and something I eat many times in a week.  It is simply called a Buddha bowl.  It is to me, the poster child of healthy, plant based living.  It is beautiful, healthy, delicious, and so easy to make.
What is a Buddha bowl.  Well, the general description is this: 
Buddha bowls, sometimes referred to as glory or hippie bowls, are hearty, filling dishes made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans and a healthy grain like quinoa or brown rice. Sometimes they also include toppings like nuts, seeds and dressings for added texture and flavor. (©eatthis.com)
In a nut shell, it is a big bowl of happy food that is just waiting to fill you up and it is something you can feel good about eating.  You are in control.  There really is not right or wrong, as long as you are keeping it plant based and no oil.  You can explore new and exciting ways to combine food.
So, how do I "Buddha bowl" a meal?  Here are MY steps.
First, I choose a bowl from my collection. I have a huge bowl collection, and we will discuss that another time (my wife mocks me. hahaha)
The first thing I do is choose a grain.  Normally that is either rice (yes, you can do brown) or quinoa.  I start that cooking per directions.
I next choose what green veggie I want.  I am a sucker for baby bok choy.  My favorite way to eat it is just cutting it into 4 pieces, and steam for 8 minutes.  I also love to saute some baby spinach with garlic and soy sauce.  Sometimes I have the spinach fresh too.  You don't have to cook your greens for this.
Next, you want another type of veggie.  For me, 99% of the time, that will be mushrooms.  I slice, dice, or leave whole, and just saute them with salt and pepper.  I like to put a little char on them.
Now, here is where many will part ways, but there are many options.  Lets pick a bean to eat with this meal.  I am a lover of tofu.  I don't apologize or try and defend that choice.  Does it mean you have to love it or eat it?  NOPE.  Just like all my recipes, I make them how I like them.  IT IS YOUR CHOICE TO EAT IT.  If I make a recipe that you don't like the ingredient, or it doesn't fit your lifestyle, by all means, don't make it.  I am simply sharing. :)
OK, back to beans.  You can use black, white, orange, green, soy, any kind will do.  My staples are black, chickpea and tofu.  You can heat them up, or eat cold.
In the picture above, I made salt and pepper tofu.  After draining the tofu, I cut into cubes, put into a zip top bag, added salt and pepper and gently tossed around to coat.  I dry fried in a pan, but you could bake too.  
Finally, we come to toppings.  You want a sauce of some kind.  It can be as easy as sriracha or your favorite kind of hot sauce.  I like to make many different sauces.  One of my favorite, and the one in the picture above is a very simple spicy peanut sauce.
Here are the ingredients: 

1 tablespoon PB2 peanut powder and enough water to make it creamy (or you could use peanut butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
depending on how spicy up to 1 tablespoon sriracha 

a dash of low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons mirin

I also like to top my bowl with freshly cut green onions and some sliced avocado, again, you choose.
Now, just assemble it.  You want it to be in thirds.  1 third you want your grain, 1 third your greens, 1 third your beans, and then put the other veggie on top.  Drizzle with your sauce, add anything else you want on top (sesame seeds work well) and poof, you have an amazing meal.  
You can eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  You can alter the ingredients and this can be a daily thing.  All that matters is that it looks and tastes good to you.  
You can make it Asian one day, Indian the next, and Ethiopian the next.  It is an easy way to get in a big meal and one that will make you happy and healthy.  You can make the ingredients ahead, and just put it all together when you are ready to eat.  Have fun with it and enjoy eating.  :)


5 comments:

  1. Thank you Master! Delightful recipe that will satisfy my appetite!

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  2. Love this! Thanks for the bok choy tip!

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  3. Love this! Thanks for the bok choy tip!

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  4. This was absolutely delicious!!

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