Tuesday: What’s for Dinner?

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Today I thought I would investigate the origin of “Buddha Bowls”, and why they have become such a popular trend in the culinary world. The bowl represents a plentiful amount that resembles the Buddha’s belly. The idea of a bowl to fill that belly is almost comical if you ask me! It is a one-dish meal consisting of a carb, veggies, and protein. Buddha bowls are commonly vegan, so the protein portion would consist of beans or tofu. The representation of fresh and clean foods in this dish ties in with ancient Chinese and Japanese medecine. The concept of raw and/or simply prepared ingredients falls in line with the ancient asian principles of keeping the body and mind healthy, and energetic.

Understanding all of this, it only makes sense to consider the option including of a nutritious Buddha bowl into a dinner this week. Learning how to prepare fresh and fast meals will be your ticket to a long life, filled with vitality! Fast, clean meals are your friend when it comes to quick dinner fixes, so keep this recipe on hand:

Turmeric Chickpea Buddha Bowl - The Kitchen Girl®

Turmeric Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Turmeric Chickpea Buddha Bowl is the ultimate, anti-inflammatory, plant-based buddha bowl! It’s loaded with nutrient-dense superfoods and drizzled with a zesty lemon tahini dressing. Everyone needs a nourish bowl in their meal prep arsenal. Come and get this!

CourseMain Course, Meal Prep, SaladCuisineAmericanPrep Time30 minutesCook Time15 minutesTotal Time45 minutesServings4 1-quart bowlsCalories609kcalAuthorTraci – TheKitchenGirl.com

Ingredients

For the Root vegetables:

For the salad:

  • 4 cups Kale massaged with a little Olive Oil until tender
  • 1 cup Uncooked Quinoa cooked and cooled
  • 1 cup Turmeric Chickpeas
  • 2 medium Oranges (blood orange when in season) peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup Pomegranate Arils (seeds) or fresh berries
  • 1 Avocado diced
  • 1 cup Sprouts or microgreens
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts coarsely chopped

For the Lemon tahini dressing:

Make the sauteed chickpeas

Instructions

Roast the root vegetables:

  • Heat oven to 400°; toss together BEETS, SWEET POTATO, OLIVE OIL, and SALT; place on baking sheet; bake 15 minutes, or until tender; set aside to cool.

For the salad:

  • Chop KALE, ORANGE, AVOCADO, and WALNUTS; portion out the POMEGRANATE, QUINOA, TURMERIC CHICKPEAS, and SPROUTS; if you’re meal prepping this buddha bowl in advance, store all ingredients separately until ready to use.Kale tip: Add a little olive oil and salt to the kale and massage gently with your hands until kale starts to become tender. This makes it more palatable and delicious!

For the dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together TAHINI, LEMON JUICE, WATER, LEMON ZEST, and (optional) SALT until combined; if needed, adjust the consistency by adding more tahini or water.

To serve:

  • Evenly divide ALL ingredients across 4 bowls and drizzle with lemon tahini dressing; serve immediately or store in airtight containers and refrigerate up to two days. If serving later, wait to add the dressing.

*Recipe taken from thekitchengirl.com

So, the question is: To be or not to be Vegan? That’s a huge topic for discussion! I love injecting the idea of a Vegan lifestyle into our food talks because it has been proven that it is the healthier way to live. Although I am not a Vegan myself, I respect those who dedicate enormous time and energy into making healthier choices, even though it might be a bit more complicated when dining out. I think the dining out part would be biggest issue for me, and although I have been to some fancy Vegan restaurants here in Toronto, I would be saddened to not be able to order a steak every now and then!

I guess you could have a change of heart for all of that over time, but the important thing is to make changes now, so that your body will thank you for in the future. I would love to hear your opinions on Veganism, and if you are one, how you do meals from day to day? What is life like on the social front for a Vegan? Also, do “vegan meat” dishes only fuel the fire for the real deal? This topic is juicy so get it on it! Have an amazing dinner tonight, and happy Tuesday everyone!

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