I confess. I’m a self-proclaimed addict of the trendy food-lovers’ salad of today ~ the Buddha Bowl.
I could eat one every single day. And it would be really smart for me to do so. It’s full of all the things that really make me feel amazing: fresh, vibrantly-colored vegetables, mostly raw, nuts, seeds, fruits, maybe a little protein or grain added, and a homemade dressing or sauce.
What a perfect lunch to take to work!
I work from home, so I don’t need to take my lunch anywhere, but I would do very well to have something already prepared, so I can quickly put something together that’s healthy and satisfying.
Yesterday, I made this:
It’s just a pan full of already-prepped veggies. The only thing I did to them, other than remove them from their plastic bags, or chop them, was to marinate that kale in the top left corner. The rest of that kale went into a large ziplock. I just wanted the picture to be all-inclusive!
So here’s the cast of characters in this particular box:
- Kale, washed, shaken dry, stems removed, and chopped. Marinated with dressing.
- Chopped green onions and chopped chives
- Baby spinach mixed with cilantro
- Jicama sticks
- Thai red chilis (too hot for me!)
- Yellow pepper strips
- Cauliflower rice
- Purple cabbage (a MUST for Buddha Bowls ~ look at that color!)
- Carrots sticks
Here is the dressing I made:
Blend the following till creamy:
- 1-2 tablespoons tahini paste
- Juice of one lime
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 inch of fresh ginger
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
Stir in black or toasted sesame seeds, or both!
Just so you know, this creamy sauce can be made with just the peanut butter (or another type of nut butter), lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil. I just added lots of things that needed to be used up from my fridge before they went bad!
Don’t forget to add something warm and satisfying, like beans, shrimp, or tofu! This time I had a bag of frozen meatballs I had made a month ago, so those went in. There they are on the right…
I’m really proud of how healthy the Hub and I ate on such a gloomy, freezing cold snow day (SNOW DAY!)
Might have to have something sinful tonight. 🙂
Stay tuned for more Buddha Bowl recipes! I’m on a roll!