You might be wondering what is a Buddha bowl. And yes, it's just a little hippie-ness for a bowl filled with nourishing and delicious food that looks like Buddha's belly. Apparently. I actually just found out while writing this post. I love making Buddha bowls as they're super quick and easy to make and anything that is simple, healthy and delicious is my kind of meals. It looks pretty on your plate with all the colors, which will make it even more enjoyable. If your food looks good, you'll enjoy every bite even more and will digest it better.
And another good thing about these hippie bowls is you can basically throw anything you have in your fridge. I usually just use whatever leftovers I have mixed with some greens. You can either eat it cold or warm. It's kind of a big filling salad. Just get creative and the more the colors, the better!
It's also a good way to remind yourself to have some type of protein and fat with your meal.
A great nourishing bowl combo:
- Proteins (quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, beans, eggs)
- Healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, olives)
- Veggies (pretty much any of them! My usuals are carrots, cucumbers, radishes, broccoli, peas, tomatoes, mushrooms)
- Greens (arugula, romaine lettuce, spinach, green salad)
So here's what I used for this recipe, but you can mix whatever you have in your fridge- as whole fresh foods of course! ; ) Buy organic whenever you can. It's great for lunch when you have leftovers from your last night dinner also.
So here you have a nourishing meal filled with plant-based protein, healthy fats, fibers, nutrients and vitamins from each ingredient. Turmeric is my favourite spice with its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. As I'm writing this post, I'm sipping on a warming turmeric latte- packed with health goodness.
- 2 Sweet potatoes
- 1 cup or can of Chickpeas
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 1 Avocado
- Handful of Arugula
- half of a Cucumber
- Grape tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil
Sauce: extra virgin olive oil + lemon juice/ Apple Cider Vinegar + tahini
It's also delicious with hummus too.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them in half or smaller and place them into a baking dish. Add spices and coconut oil. You can bake the chickpeas in the same baking dish. They go super well together. Bake for 30 minutes.
Cook your quinoa for 12-15 minutes in boiling water.
And just mix it all together. Add avocado, arugula, cucumber slices and tomatoes.
Enjoy this bowl of health and goodness!!