Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
This vegan recipe takes a vegan staple and switches it up with some healthy Mediterranean foods. This is a simple recipe that can be made in under twenty minutes. This bowl is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, high in fiber, and is made with minimal oil!
Happy Friday and happy 4th of July Weekend friends! Are you doing something fun this weekend, or just chilling at home? Either way I hope you find a way to indulge in something special this weekend. I am going out of town to celebrate my Grandma's birthday this weekend (it's the 4th, how fun!), so I know I'll definitely be indulging in some not-so-healthy foods this weekend. I used to get major anxiety about traveling and eating unhealthy while away, because I like to be in control (lol low key a control freak it's fine), however recently I worked hard to shift this mindset to just enjoy the moment and be present rather than worrying about things that are out of my control. Control, that's the key word. When you don't have control I have found it's best to just let it be. However a majority of the time, what you eat and the options available to you are in your control. When you have this control over what you are eating it is crucial to make the right decisions. This is the time that you can put yourself ahead so that when the moment hits that you are no longer in control, you can live a little.
I focus on creating super healthy recipes that are completely "guilt-free" and "worry-free". I use ingredients as close to their natural form as possible. If you can shift your diet to as close to whole foods as possible, you will be able to relax a little about the occasional unhealthy dish. My goal is to provide you with as many healthy recipes as possible so that you can eat a whole foods plant based diet at home 24/7, and never feel unsatisfied. My dream is that one day the whole world would be like this and we wouldn't have to worry about what we eat at all, because everything would be good for you!
This recipe is a great example of something that you can indulge in, feel fully satisfied, and not fall off the health wagon. The plant diversity gives you multiple flavors and textures to switch every bite up, and a wide variety of nutrients. The protein from the tofu and hummus make this dish filling and energy providing. I love making this dish on the weekdays when I need a quick dinner/lunch, because it doesn't take long at all, and is super easy to meal prep! As with all my recipes you can easily sub out any ingredient you don't like for one that you do. For example I hate all olives except plain black ones, but if you are a fan of kalamata (ew, I am judging you haha) simply sub that in! If you are an avid tofu hater, you could sub the tofu for some vegan feta (not as healthy, but this is where it is under your control to make a healthy decision about what you are choosing to eat,). I love making homemade hummus (pictured here), but if that's not for you, store bought is fine. Alright, let's get to the recipe!
Total Time: 20 Minutes
For the Bowl:
1 Head of romaine
1 Cup cherry tomatoes ( I used 1 package of heirloom)
1 English cucumber
1 Cup or can olives
1 Cup quinoa
1/2 Cup hummus
1 Bell pepper
For the Tofu Feta:
1 Block pressed tofu
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
Juice of one lemon
1 Teaspoon miso paste
For the Dressing:
2 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 Cup white balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
Begin by cooking your quinoa according the package instructions. Also press the tofu.
Begin chopping the vegetables; cut cucumber into half moons, cherry tomatoes in half, olives in slices, bell pepper into strips, and chop lettuce roughly.
To make to tofu feta, combine the lemon, miso, and yeast together and mix thoroughly. Once combined add to a bowl with the tofu, and begin breaking it up and coating evenly with mix.
To make the dressing simple combine all ingredients and mix.
Assemble ingredients together in a bowl and top with dressing, serve and enjoy!