To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely convinced that I can call this a recipe – it’s more about the pairing of different ingredients to create something completely beautiful and nourishing. When short on time, I like to throw all of my favourite ingredients together and not enjoy knowing that I have something quick and healthy on standby without having to resort to the takeaway menus each time.
All hail the buddha bowl…
Interestingly, buddha bowls aren’t a new concept and they were probably around for years before they really became a ‘thing’. They’re so simple to whip up in a flash and are a nice healthy balance of protein, greens and grains, which can be easily adapted to suit different dietary requirements. I think that they are a great idea if you’re struggling to strike a good balance between the 3 main food groups because buddha bowls revolve around all three, taking the thought process out of it.
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/3 cup red kidney beans
- 1/3 cup roasted broccoli in coconut oil
- 1 small baked sweet potato
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/2 an avocado
Prepare the vegetables and cook the brown rice.
Once everything is cooked, place in a bowl or on a plate and serve warm.
Eat and enjoy!
Cooking time includes the time required to cook the brown rice and roast the broccoli.
This is just full of my favourite foods to eat and they all have spectacular health benefits for the body too!
- Brown rice – rich in selenium which helps to prevent the cause of heart disease and has lots of essential oils to help nourish the body.
- Avocados – full of healthy fats and rich in fibre make avocados a nutritional powerhouse that keeps your belly satisfied and fuller for longer.
- Almonds – loaded with lots of antioxidants to help protect the body from oxidative stress and free radicals.
- Broccoli – a fantastic source of vitamin C, K, potassium and folate.
- Red kidney beans – not only an affordable protein source, they are also high in fibre to help good digestion and support blood sugar levels.
- Sweet potato – a fantastic source of vitamin C that is critical to help support your immune system.
To take this buddha bowl up a notch you could add a massive dollop of hummus, baba ganoush, salsa even peanut butter for a satay vibe – sounds crazy but I totally would! But seriously, one of the best things about these is that you could throw anything in your nourishing bowl of goodness to make a speedy lunch or dinner and you don’t even have to be a Michelin starred chef for it to taste good because it’s full of all of your favourite things.