Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Buddha Bowl

I've always wanted to try a Buddha Bowl. I see them ALL over social media, and I feel it's my rite of passage as a vegan to jump onboard. Since we are in Week 2 of my Vegan Holiday recipes, I made a holiday version!! Root vegetables are SO delish and hearty this time of year, and the broccolini looks like Christmas trees ;)

You can always add a lot more vegetables, but I found it to be a perfect combination!

What You Need:

- 2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
- 1 yellow onion, sliced into thick wedges
- 2 or 3 medium sweet potatoes, skinned and quartered
- 2 bundles broccolini, chopped and de-stemmed
- 1 15 oz can of chickpeas (or 2 if you want more, I'd recommend this!)
- *optional: add kale or a bed of spinach

For the chickpeas:
- 1 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp oregano

Sauce to top the bowl:
You can add a delicious peanut dressing (mine is from Trader Joe's), vegan ranch, or create your own! I couldn't find tahini, so make sure to plan ahead if you make this!

- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2-4 tbsp of hot water to thin the sauce
*Mix together and top yo veggies!*

Step 1:

Chop up the sweet potatoes, onions, and broccolini. Set aside broccolini. Place the sweet potatoes and onion on 2 baking sheets and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle with olive oil.

Step 2:

While the oven is preheating, wash the chickpeas and then lay them out on paper towels to dry. In the meantime, get out a mixing bowl and all your spices. Once the chickpeas are dry (I had them out when I was chopping the veggies), place into a mixing bowl and add in all the spices--mix together.

Step 3:

Put the onions and sweet potatoes in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. While they bake, heat on medium high heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the seasoned chickpeas, and stir. They take about 10 minutes to cook, and you'll see they brown a bit.

Step 4:

After 20 minutes, remove the root veggies from the oven and add the broccolini. I sprinkled a little more olive oil on top, then put them back in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Step 5:

Prepare your sauce and put your bowl together! I doubled this recipe, so this can easily make 4+ servings with the potatoes alone! I use my portion control containers to measure out the carbs, veggies, and protein (chickpeas). I'd definitely get more chickpeas next time so I have more servings to enjoy! Sprinkle your sauce on top and enjoy! :)

This is my favorite holiday meal so far!! You know it's healthy when you FEEL amazing afterwards!! Light, full of fiber, and protein-packed! Please let me know if you try this recipe and add anything! 
It is absolutely DELICIOUS! 

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