For me, it’s hard to stay in the swing of healthy eating during the winter, especially when it’s cold and all I want to eat is comfort food. That’s why I love eating buddha bowls. They are not only delicious, they can be just as comforting as a bowl of soup or a carby pasta dish, but they are better for you. Depending on how you prepare them, Buddha bowls can be filled with tons of healthy, nutrient rich ingredients and they’re a dish that transitions easily between seasons. For Spring, try adding sprouts or fresh basil, for Summer add mango or other fresh fruits, for Fall try squash or pumpkin and finally, for Winter try my yummy Greens & Things Buddha Bowl. It’s packed with vitamins and will leave you satisfied. Happy Eating!
Greens & Things Buddha Bowl
1/2 Cup Quinoa
6 Brussels Sprouts
1 Cup Kale
1/4 Chopped Avocado
2 Tbsp Hummus
2 Tbsp Pinenuts
Salt to Taste
Pepper to Taste
1. First, add the quinoa and 1 cup of water to a small pot and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Check halfway through cooking if the quinoa seems dry, add a bit more water to avoid burning. Once it’s done (it will fluff easily with a fork) set it aside.
2. While the quinoa is cooking, wash the brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Add a tsp of oil to a medium pan on medium heat and cook the brussels sprouts for 10 minutes or until tender, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Once they’re done, set them aside.
2. Next, wash the kale, pull the leaves off of the ribs and cook the kale leaves on medium heat in the same pan you used to cook the brussels sprouts. Cook for 5 minutes, or until tender, and season with salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.
3. Finally, it’s time to assemble your bowl. Add each ingredient, the quinoa, brussels sprouts, kale, hummus and chopped avocado in sections. Then, top with pine nuts, salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!