buddha bowl (n): a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded "belly" appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha'
Holy Buddha bowl. This is good. Like realllllllly really delicious. Are you kinda struggling with healthy alternatives for lunch, or just not feeling up to cooking a big dinner? Well, I think I just answered all your prayers.
SO, I think we can all agree that we are SO happy Friday has made its way here yet again. I have a lot of shopping to do and a ton of cooking (& mostly baking for a change). But, thanks to this new discovery of what a Buddha bowl is, my late nights just got a whole lot easier. Sometimes when I'm running errands allllll day, the last think I want to do is get creative with an extensive dish. It's friggin cold out, and cozy couch is calling for me!
Let me break this bowl down for ya: fluffy quinoa, fresh crispy kale greens & arugula, spiced roasted chickpeas, plus half an avocado, all smothered in a homemade red pepper cilantro sauce/dressing. Yes. I went there and it was sooooo right. OH! And don't forget to top it with some black sesame seeds for that extra little somethin'.
This recipe was adapted from Well & Full's version, and I hope you'll enjoy my take of it! Gluten free & vegan, so perfect for anyone with an allergy or food preference. Thank me later & have a splended weekend! xx S.
| Vegan• Gluten Free |
I N G R E D I E N T S:
- 1 cup of Quinoa (+ 2 cups of water to cook)
- 1 avocado, halved
- Handful of greens (I used arugula & kale!)
- Black sesame seeds to top
- 1 (15 oz.) can of Garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
- Small drizzle of olive oil (or any neutral oil)
- 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- Dash of Turmeric
- 1/2 Tsp Oregano
- RED PEPPER DRESSING!
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, seeds removed and diced
- 2 Tbs Olive Oil
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon (or whole lemon depending on how tangy ya want it!)
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Paprika
- 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro
QUINOA: In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, add your cup of quinoa, reduce to simmer & cover. Cook until water is absorbed and quinoa is nice and fluffy! Let it sit covered until ready to serve the bowls.
SPICED CHICKPEAS: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. In a small bowl, add your beans & toss with your spices & olive oil. Make sure they are coated pretty evenly. On a baking sheet/parchment paper, pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through.
RED PEPPER GOODNESS: Add all of your dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until it resembles a saucy consistency. Adjust to taste. Just so simple (and sooooooooooooooooo flavorful!)
Assemble your bowls by adding a little bit of each, plus some greens & a half an avocado (or really anything you desire). There is no wrong way to make this simple bowl of joy! Enjoy!!
*Notes: This sauce/dressing makes kind of a lot, so you'll have enough for multiple Buddha bowls! YIPEEEEE. And you can totally add or take out anything ya want. You are the cook here ;)