Weekday supper: Buddha Bowls

Maybe you’re noticing a bit of a trend- my cooking is very simple!

Buddha/Goodness bowls are no exception- these healthy and colourful concoctions are a perfect mid week dinner and you’ll feel nourished by just looking at them.

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GOOD4U Lentil sprouts, marinated kale, leafy salad, roasted asparagus, sweet potato, Cauldron falafel and chia seeds.

Inspired by the likes of Deliciously Ella et al, (but most importantly my good friend Jade), I have been experimenting a lot recently with so-called “Buddha” or “Goodness” bowls. These bowls/plates/dishes/whatever-you-likes combine small amounts of amazing foods which you can chop and change depending on your mood.

They are a good way of using up random items in your cupboard, and what’s more they are totally Insta worthy. I thought I’d come up with a whole list of potential ideas… but the beauty of the Buddha Bowl is that it can contain anything!

Whilst I’m not a vegan, I eat a lot of vegan and vegetarian food so have included a mixture of elements. 

Things you could include:

  • Roasted chickpeas. After draining, dry out a tin of chickpeas using some kitchen towel. Season with lots of salt, pepper and cumin and roast at 180-200 degrees (fan) for approx. half an hour, until golden. The chickpeas go crunchy and taste incredible!
  • Kale. “I’m just massaging the kale”- Jade 2017. Massage/marinate your raw kale with lemon juice and tahini, or try hummus, and season. The acid in the lemon juice makes the kale tender and tasty.
  • Roasted vege. Asparagus and broccoli work really roasted! To speed things up a bit you could par-boil the vege before whacking them in the oven for a bit.
  • Super grains- lemony couscous. Couscous grains + boiling water + lemon juice + mixed herbs = amazing. You could also try using bulgar wheat which tastes good on its own or with pesto.
  • GOOD4U Lentil sprout mix. These provide a crunchy and plant based protein source.
  • Falafel. I’ll be uploading a simple (of course) falafel recipe soon but I am a huge lover of Cauldron’s range of falafel and tofu.
  • Grated carrot. Simple.
  • Roasted Potato or sweet potatoes. Roast with paprika for extra taste.
  • Edamame beans. Raw and with/without soya sauce
  • Cold meats. Chorizo is amazing.
  • Hummus. Blitz up chickpeas, lemon juice and olive oil, or use shop bought stuff. Sainsbury’s Basic Hummus  (“A little less tahini, well worth dipping into”)  is by far my favourite!
  • Chia seeds. These are great for your digestion and are good for sprinkling.
  • Tomato, basil and mozzarella salad. Marinade chopped tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and basil. Add mozzarella or feta for a perfect salad.
  • Lots of leaves. Salad is great.
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One of Jade’s feasts. Roasted chickpeas, potatoes, marinated kale, hummus, carrots , broccoli and edamame beans.

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Simple but tasty. Roasted chickpeas, broccoli with sweet chilli sauce, chorizo, lemony couscous, feta and tomato salad.

Thank you to Jade for her vegan inspo. 

Header: Clifton, Bristol 2017. 

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