Sweet and Salty Buddha Bowl
This nutritious buddha bowl is loaded with flavorful vegetables, beans, and grains, to provide you with a lunch that will keep you full for hours! This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined-sugar-free, and low sodium!
Happy Humpday! I am so excited to share this recipe with you all. This bowl is what a typical lunch looks like these days for me. It is such a filling dish, loaded with all of my favorite vegetables. I think if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, this would have to be it. Not only is it my favorite, but it is also super affordable to make. I love making recipes that are loaded with fresh produce, that are also affordable, because a sis needs to save some cash. I dish like this is also super great for those of you living alone, because you can prep a lot of the ingredients, and throw it together each day. I truly hate meal prepping, but it is so clutch when it's just you, so when I can meal prep foods and throw them together each day, it helps a lot.
The serving size of this recipe can be easily adjusted for your specific health goals. All the ingredients are healthy and nutrient dense, however if you are looking to lose weight, you can easily cut down on the higher calorie dense vegetables such as the plantains or the sweet potato, however please ensure you are eating enough. I ate this entire bowl (and snacked on some extra sweet potato), with my current goal of slowly losing my "Holiday weight". I am not working towards a drastic weight loss, at the most 10lbs. However I am not rushing this, and am fully prepared for it to be a slow process, because that is the only healthy way to lose weight. Obviously we all eat different amounts, so please don't feel like you have to eat all this, or restrict yourself from eating more just because this is what I eat, I just figured I would give you a little insight into my eating habits.
Lastly I want to talk about spicing this recipe up. I personally sometimes just absolutely love plain simple foods. For this recipe I just cooked the plantains and sweet potato with no seasoning. However if you're looking for a more flavorful dish I would recommend cooking them with some paprika, or garlic powder just to add a little something extra. The dressing is super flavorful though, so you may find you don't need this since the dressing really adds a lot to the flavor of the dish. Let's get to that recipe!
Total time: 30 Minutes
- 2 Plantains
- 1 Japanese sweet potato (can use a regular sweet potato, but the japanese are AMAZING)
- 1 Avocado
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1-2 Cups purple cabbage
- 2 Romaine hearts
- 1 Can black beans
-1/2 Cup rice
- 1/4 Cup cilantro
- Juice of 2 limes
- 3 Tablespoons tahini
- 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos (Make sure you use coconut aminos, because it is much sweeter than liquid aminos, therefore provides a sweet and salty flavor)
- 1 lemon juiced
Begin by cooking your rice with the lime juice. Once it is finished add the cilantro.
While the rice is cooking, chop up your plantains and sweet potato and bake at 400. I used my Zulay baking mats, which allow me to bake oil free! (http://www.zulaykitchen.com/?ref=olJyr code "NATURALVEGAN10"
Chop the lettuce and cabbage and add to your bowls as your base. Add the tomatoes and avocado. Strain and rinse the beans and divide between the bowls.
To make the sauce simply combine tahini, coconut aminos, and lemon juice. Add a little water until the desired consistency is reached.
Once finished add the rice, plantains, and sweet potato, top with the dressing and enjoy!