Quinoa Buddha bowl

What is a Buddha bowl? This is what I asked myself as well when I heard the name. Buddha bowls are colorful bowls usually composed of vegetables, healthy grains, and protein  are one of this year’s top emerging food trends. They’re also known as hippie bowls or macro bowls (for all the macro nutrients they’re stuffed with), and are really easy to make at home.

Ingredients:
Quinoa
  • 1 Cup Quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 Cups Water
Chickpeas
  • 1½ Cups Cooked Chickpeas
  • Drizzle Olive Oil
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Paprika Powder
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • ⅛ Tsp Kurkuma
  • ½ Tsp Curry Powder
  • ½ Tsp Oregano
Red Pepper Sauce
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, ribs and seeds removed
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil (or other neutral oil)
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • ½ Tsp Paprika powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Everything Else
  • Mixed Greens
  • One Avocado
  • Sesame Seeds for Garnish

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees. Start by cooking the quinoa. Bring 2 cups water to a boil, then add quinoa. Simmer for about 15 minutes until all water is absorbed. When done, remove from heat and keep covered for about 10 minutes so quinoa can absorb any excess water.
  2. In a bowl, toss chickpeas, oil, and spices until chickpeas are evenly coated. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake chickpeas for 15 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let cool.
  3. To make red pepper dressing, add all dressing ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Finally, assemble the Buddha bowls. In two bowls, add quinoa, mixed greens, avocado, and chickpeas. Drizzle everything with red pepper sauce, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

You really can’t mess up a Buddha bowl since it’s pretty much everything goes, but here’re some recipes to inspire you:

Enjoy!

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