I've been trying really hard to meal prep and take healthy, wholesome lunches to work so last week I whipped up these Buddha bowls. A Buddha bowl is basically a bowl of some kind of grain, cooked veggies, and sauce. Possibly the same as a dragon bowl? I'm not sure but they're both delicious.
I apologize for not taking pictures as I was cooking but it was late and I wanted to get to bed.
Remember that recipes are flexible. I honestly use most recipes as a guideline and then make it my own or just use what I have on hand.
- 1/2 chopped red onion
- 1-2 cloves of garlic
- 1 small zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
- 1 bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1.5 c broccoli florets, bite size pieces
- 4-6 mushrooms, cut into quarters or thirds, depending how big they are
- 1 T rice vinegar
- 2 T soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 c frozen corn
- 1/4 c frozen peas
- 3/4 c cooked black beans
- 2 c brown rice
- 1 medium carrot, julienned
- Over medium high heat (6 out 9 on my stove) in a large pan, heat 1-2 T of olive oil and saute the onion and garlic for a minute.
- Add the rest of the veggies except for corn and peas. Cook for 5 minutes stirring often.
- Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil, and peas and corn. Mix well and cook for an additional 2 minutes
- Test the veggies to see if they're cooked to your liking. I like them still firm but mostly cooked.
- When the veggies are done transfer them to a bowl to cool down and fry your sliced tofu in either olive oil, sesame oil, or in any sauce you like for tofu.
- I prepped the black beans and rice before the veggies so they were done before but you can do them at the same time if you aren't eating this for a meal right away.
- Quantities will depend on your macros or calories for the day but I used 1/2 c of black beans, 1/2 c brown rice, about 3/4 c of the veggie mixture, a sprinkle of the julienned carrot, and 1/4 of an avocado. For extra flavor I used some BBQ sauce and this was sooo yummy.
I entered this info into MFP and realized that it was more calories than I normally eat for one meal but it did keep me full until dinner. The next day I didn't eat the full serving for lunch as it is really filling. Nutritional info is below: Columns are calories, carbs, fat, protein, iron %, and sugar.
What are your favorite buddha bowl ingredients?
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