Clean Healthy Buddha Bowl – I’m getting SUPER “CLEAN EATING” on ya’ll! If you appreciate food simple and clean then this recipe is for YOU! 😉
Vegan and Gluten Free!
How has your first week of 2016 been going?! anything exciting happen? any big fancy exciting plans for you? not much for us this first month we are kind the hibernate in the winter sort of people and wait for warm weather. We still haven’t gotten much snow but it has definitely been COLD!
Moving on… this is my modified twist on a “Buddha bowl” I’m picky and I like simple foods, not too much going on so I can taste everything fully. If you want to read the actual definition of a Buddha Bowl you can see this persons explanation here.
This is pretty close to meeting the “requirements” but if you really want to follow the rulessss then read that link above!
and side note: I need to say this just so no one comments that this is plain! if you are the type that appreciates the actual flavor of foods without doctoring it up too much then THIS Clean Healthy Buddha Bowl is for you it’s got a light dressing on the Quinoa! if you love to get super fancy and add all kinds of sauces and dressing then skip this and wait for the next recipe, although I added a couple suggestions in the recipe! 😉
Anyways, on to the FOOD!
First up is the quinoa, make a big batch! Seriously. This recipe is for 1 serving but I like to make extra of everything so it’s already in the fridge and ready to assemble when I am ready. I used a simple dressing for the quinoa but if you prefer you can cook your quinoa in vegetable broth for extra flavor if that your kinda thang.
Then the sweet potatoes, I boiled them because it is simple and also because I read boiling them is lower glycemic than baking them so I though why not. Also I made 2 sweet potatoes and stored the rest in the fridge. 😉
Lettuce- I like the spring mix but you can use whatever is your favorite. I chose to use the hummus as a salad dressing but I also included a simple dressing idea in the recipe if that’s not your kind of taste.
Hummus- I need to attempt my own eventually, but for this I used store bough red pepper hummus YUM! this is the “dressing” for this bowl, hummus tastes SO good with all the food in here so you mayyyy want a teeny tiny bit more than suggested below! … just a thought 😉
A few slices of cucumber because it’s healthy and why not? … I only included a few slices because my digestion doesn’t like too much cucumber so listen to what your body likes.
Basically assemble this all in a large bowl and enjoy for lunch or dinner.
I can tell you that this probably won’t be the last bowl of food that will appear on here because there are SO many ideas going through my mind for combinations. 😉
and one more thing! this bowl is arranged pretty for pictures but you’re really meant to eat it all mixed up together, or bites of all it at the same time so they flavors can combine, at least that how I like it! 😉
Anyways I really hope you try this or switch up the flavors and let me know what you think!!!
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Clean Healthy Buddha Bowl
- ½ cup cooked Quinoa
- DRESSING FOR QUINOA:
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp spicy mustard OR sub for a spicy seasoning listed below.
- ¼ or less of a lemon squeezed
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- Salt/pepper to taste
- 1/3 cucumber
- ½ cups spring mix lettuce
- ½ a sweet potato *see notes
- 1-2 tbsp. red pepper hummus
- Optional seasoning over quinoa and sweet potatoes:
- maple syrup
- BBQ spice
- Chipotle spice
- (I only use these when I am craving spicy food and I only sprinkle a little over the top)
- Cook your quinoa according to package directions
- Chop sweet potato and place in a pan with about ¼ inch of water along the bottom of the pan and cover with a lid, boil on med-high heat for 10-15 minutes until soft but not mushy (I left the skin on the potatoes)
- Assemble in a big bowl!
- I used the hummus as my salad dressing but if you prefer you make a simple dressing of olive oil, onion powder, salt, pepper, lemon and mix up a drizzle over the top you can do that as well!
Notes: this recipe is for 1 serving, I do suggest making a double batch and keeping the other half in the fridge for lunch the next day.
***my “sweet potatoes” were orange! not white. this is super confusing to people but sweet potatoes are actually white and yams are orange.
I called these sweet potatoes because MOST people refer to the orange ones as sweet potatoes so when you are buying them in the store be sure to look at the color of the potato and not the sign or label. again I used orange ones, but really either color would be fine
THIS is worth a Buddha belly after this feast! 😉