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Build A Buddha Bowl

This Buddha Bowl features steamed beets, sweet potatoes, sugar snap peas, carrots, summer squash, corn, and fresh basil.

This Buddha Bowl features steamed beets, sweet potatoes, sugar snap peas, carrots, summer squash, corn, and fresh basil.

One of our favorite dishes to make any time of year is a Buddha Bowl.  It’s a quick, easy dish that can be made in an endless variety of combinations.  We have found a formula to build Buddha Bowls that works every time.  All you need to do is pick one or more ingredients from each of the following categories:

GrainsProteinRoot Veggies“Wild Card” VeggiesToppings
quinoakidney beanscarrotsmushroomsgreen onion
brown riceblack beansbeetszucchiniseaweed/nori
barleychickpeassweet potatoescorntoasted sesame seeds
bulgurtofuonionsoy sauce
couscoustempehsugar snap peasBraggs Liquid Aminos
milletgreen peassummer squashbalsamic vinegar
farrogreen beanshot sauce/sriracha sauce
fresh herbs
avocado
rice vinegar

Your choice of vegetables will need to be steamed anywhere from 7 to 15 minutes depending on the density (root vegetables will take the longest).  Prepare your choice of grains according to the package instructions.  We like to make extra rice/quinoa/etc. and have it on hand for just such an occasion.

When all the ingredients are ready, fill a bowl with your grains, veg, and your choice of toppings.  This is a great recipe to play around and experiment with– no two Buddha Bowls are alike!

This is also something that you could eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Yes, even breakfast– it’s very common in many parts of Asia to eat grains and vegetables in the morning.

We were first introduced to the Buddha Bowl through Martha Stewart’s Meatless  cookbook.  You can watch her prepare one in this video along with a few other simple dishes.

Have you tried a Buddha Bowl before?  What’s your favorite combination?  Tell us in the comments!

Pretty Quick Plant-Based Recipe Pick, Recipes

Our Plant-Based Play on a Classic French Salad

Salade Nicoise

Oui, s’il vous plaît!

Summer weather means spending time outdoors, not in the kitchen.  When we’re planning our meals on warmer days, we look for recipes that require little use of the oven and have a quick prep time.  Salads are the perfect solution.

One of our favorite recipes to make this time of year is our plant-based Salade Niçoise.  We have adapted this recipe from the classic French version; ours does not include the fish or egg, but it still has all the flavor!  There is very little cooking required– you just need to steam some vegetables for a few minutes and let them cool (or prep them ahead of time).  For this recipe, you will need:

  • Mix of spring greens
  • Cucumber
  • Steamed green beans (or haricots verts, if you wanna be fancy)
  • Steamed white potatoes (red or yellow varieties with thin skins taste best in this dish)
  • Kalamata olives (black are good, too)
  • One can of cannellini beans
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Additionally, you can add a few special ingredients like radishes, hearts of palm, shredded carrots or artichoke hearts

We don’t follow a hard and fast recipe for this dish- we just make enough to feed the two of us.  To dress this salad, we whip up a super simple oil-free dressing consisting of grainy Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, a few cloves of chopped garlic, and some salt and pepper.  We haven’t bought salad dressing in years and prefer to make our own.  This link will provide you with a few more oil-free examples that are easy to make on the fly!

This really is a tried and true recipe for us, as we will often make it once a week during the summertime.  We used to eat this dish when we still ate meat and when we switched to a plant-based diet, we knew we wanted to keep this one in our repertoire.  The next time you’re feeling like dishing up some French cuisine, try it sans poisson!