Quinoa Buddha Bowl
By Nina Nyiri
What the heck is a Buddha bowl?
It’s basically a glorified name of a dish that is comprised of various greens, colorful veggies, beans or legumes and a grain like quinoa or rice! You can think of it as a nourishing meal, that is a BALANCE of vegan and plant-based foods.
I personally like to throw bowls like this in on my training days at least once per week because there are plentiful amount of vegetables that can be used as fuel for your muscles! AND you are knocking out HALF of your recommended Fiber intake in one sitting… 15 grams!
green leafy base - 2 cups spinach or kale
grain - 1/4 cup quinoa, measured dry
vegetables - 1 cup of each: cucumber, shredded brussel sprouts and/or cherry tomatoes (tomatoes are actually a fruit)
legumes - 1/2 cup chickpeas or lentils
fat - 2 tbsp hummus or avocado
dressing - freshly squeezed lemon juice
garnish - parsley or green onions
Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste
small/medium cooking pot
bowl or plate
Prepare quinoa as directed and cut vegetables to your liking.
In a bowl or plate, add your green leafy base, cooked quinoa, cucumber, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, chickpeas and parsley. Top with 2 tablespoons avocado or hummus and the juice of one lemon wedge. Season with salt and pepper.
Training day: option to add a palm of protein (chicken, shrimp or lean ground turkey)
Rest day: omit the quinoa and option to add a palm of protein (wild salmon or lean ground beef)
Brown Basmati Rice for quinoa
Onions for brussel sprouts
Mushrooms for cucumber
Lentils for chickpeas
Hummus for avocado
Serving Size: Entire serving
Protein - 15 g
Carbs - 8 g
Fat - 53 g