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Spiced Buddha Bowl

You open the fridge with a heavy heart. A few random vegetables stare back at you. How will you ever turn these ingredients into something healthy, tasty and fun, that your whole family will enjoy? Well, that’s where Buddha bowls come in.

The trick to a delicious and filling Buddha bowl lies simply in getting the balance of ingredients right. You’ll need some raw and/or cooked veg (whatever you’ve got in the fridge is fine!), a grain and a legume (things we all usually have in our pantry) – finish off with a dressing and some crushed nuts or seeds and you’ve got a plate that will satisfy your taste buds and your tummy. Serve with purple potato chips if you want to get fancy (don’t worry, they’re super easy to make!).

Quick & Easy Plant-Based Lunch or Dinner

One of the reasons I love Buddha bowls, aside from how easy they are to make, and how pretty they look, is the sheer amount of healthy nutrients you can pack into one meal. Chickpeas are high in fiber, which keeps your digestive system healthy, stabilizes your blood sugar, and keeps you feeling fuller longer – so you don’t have that mid-afternoon snack attack!

The healthy fats in avocado are known to keep your brain healthy and your skin beautiful. Cucumbers are high in plant polyphenols which can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and even certain cancers. The plant pigments that give purple potatoes and black Venus rice their distinctive color are actually powerful antioxidants which help fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress. Now you know how healthy this Buddha bowl is, let me give you that recipe!

Print Recipe
Spiced Buddha Bowl with Herby Purple Potato Chips
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Buddha Bowl
Purple Potato Chips
Sweet Miso Dressing
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Buddha Bowl
Purple Potato Chips
Sweet Miso Dressing
Instructions
Buddha Bowl
  1. Place the rice and 4 cups of water in a large saucepan and bring to boiling point. Cook on medium heat for the time indicated on the pack. Usually around 35-40 minutes, until the water has absorbed and the rice is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, finely dice (or grate) the carrots, and thinly slice the cucumber.
  3. Mash the avocados with the lemon juice, olive oil and pinch of salt until you have a chunky guacamole.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the chickpeas and the spices until well combined. Transfer to a frying pan and dry-fry over medium heat for around 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until the chickpeas are a little crispy.
  5. Spoon these ingredients into bowls, and top with the crushed nuts and miso dressing.
Purple Potato Chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C / 300 degrees F.
  2. Cut the potatoes into thin disks, around 1-2mm thick.
  3. In a bowl, mix the potatoes with the herbs and olive oil until all the potatoes are coated.
  4. Lay the potato disks on a greaseproof paper-lined baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, turning them over half way through.
Sweet Miso Dressing
  1. Place the tahini, lemon juice and maple syrup in a small bowl and mix well. The mixture may be quite thick and hard to stir.
  2. Add a teaspoon of water at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Spoon over your salad.
  4. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Freestyle Your Buddha Bowl:
This is a perfect dinner if you’re vegan but the rest of your family isn’t. Here, you can substitute the chickpeas for scrambled eggs, grilled chicken, or baked fish. You don’t have to follow a recipe when you’re making a Buddha Bowl. Free-style it – use peppers, radishes, tomatoes and celery. Try new grains like amaranth, buckwheat or millet. Buddha bowls are a great way to dive into new ingredients.

Spiced Buddha Bowl Recipe


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