Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RAINBOW BUDDHA BOWL


This satisfying bowl of goodness is filled with rice, red kidney beans, broccoli, bell peppers and cucumber.

Rainbow in my bowl!!

Buddha bowl is a healthy, filling and a delicious wholesome meal. It's a colorful bowl composed of vegetables proteins, healthy grains and nutrients. This satisfying bowl of goodness is filled with cooked rice, boiled red kidney beans, blanched broccoli, roasted bell peppers and sliced cucumber. I combined this with almond butter lime dressing to give it a touch of sweetness and it just turned out perfect! Buddha bowl is a simple way where you can also use your leftover food which is sitting in refrigerator. 

I had the most indulgent weekend ever. I had lots of chocolates and yummy treats, so I decided to make Buddha bowl for lunch. I picked up these gorgeous broccoli and colorful bell peppers at the farmer’s market this past weekend. Luckily, I had enough cooked rice and beans in my refrigerator to make this power-packed meal.


While each portion of this plate has its own individuality and uniqueness. Red kidney beans are full of protein, fiber, vitamin and nutrients. Though rice doesn’t offer much in terms of nutrients but is a good source of carbs. You can always switch white rice with brown rice since it has more nutrients and is relatively low in calories. I totally love the combination of broccoli and bell peppers as they add crunch, color and sweet flavor to the meal. Broccoli is one of my favorite cruciferous vegetable. It is rich in dietary fiber, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants and bell peppers are rich in antioxidants and other vitamins.

Buddha bowl is a versatile meal. To make this, obviously you'd have to make rice and beans ahead of time. I always try to make it differently, depending on what is available at my home. Follow these few simple steps that I have listed below.


RAINBOW BUDDHA BOWL

Serves: 2 People
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes 
Author: The Food Root

INGREDIENTS

Red Kidney Beans:
3/4 cup red kidney beans
2 cups water
3/4 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Rice:
1 cup rice
2 cups water
3/4 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Broccoli:
1 head broccoli
2 cups water
1/2 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Roast Veggies:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Chop Raw Veggies
1 cucumber, finely sliced

Dressing
1/4 cup Almond butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 tablespoons water
Salt and pepper as per taste


DIRECTIONS

1. Prepare Red Kidney Beans: Wash 3/4 cup red kidney beans, under the running water. Drain and soak them overnight or in the morning for at least 4-5 hours. After soaking the beans, rinse them with fresh water. Now place a pressure cooker, add beans with enough water and pressure cook them for at least 40 minutes on medium-low flame. After 40 minutes, turn off the heat and wait for the pressure to release completely. Add salt and stir it for few more minutes till it's properly cooked. Drain the water off the cooked beans and let it cool for some time.

2. Boil Rice: Rinse 1 cup basmati rice with cold water, soak it for about 30 minutes. Place a saucepan with double amount of water to boil. Add salt and loosely cover the pan. Reduce the heat and cook the rice for about 10 minutes. Stir it once and turn off the flame. Let the rice sit for about 5-7 minutes. Drain the rice using a colander or a strainer. Let it cool for some time.

3. Blanch Broccoli: Wash the broccoli and cut them into large individual florets. You can also cut the stem into thin circular pieces. Bring in a large pot of water to boil. When water starts to boil, add broccoli florets and a pinch of salt into it. Meanwhile, fill a bowl with cold water preferably with ice cubes in it. Set it aside. After 3-4 minutes remove the florets with slotted spoon in a colander or a sieve. Now immediately, plunge the florets into the bowl of cold water. After a minute, strain them. Keep it aside.

4. Roast Veggies: Wash the pepper, slice it into half, remove the excess seeds and slice off the thin strips length wise. Heat olive oil in a skillet, add chili flakes followed by sliced bell pepper and sauté until it turns golden brown, about 5 minutes. Sauté it and season them with salt and garlic cloves. Toss it for about a minute on medium flame and turn off the flame. Set it aside.

5. Chop Raw Veggies: Chop any raw veggies you like. It depends on your taste. I added fresh cucumber in my bowl.

6. Prepare the Dressing: To make a dressing, whisk 1/4 cup almond butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon minced ginger and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste.

7. Assemble: Assemble your bowl, add red kidney beans, rice, broccoli, roasted bell peppers and sliced cucumber. Season the bowl with salt and pepper. Drizzle the yummy almond butter lime dressing and gently toss them to combine. Enjoy!!

10 comments:

  1. This looks SO nice! A very detailed recipe which is always great as I find things cooking very hard X

    elise // elssthinks.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Elise! I don't talk much but can't seem to stop writing lengthy posts. Buddha bowls are my current favorite! They are less complex and much healthy so you could try it out sometime.

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  2. This looks so colorful and healthy! We have been trying to eat better, and this sounds delicious!

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  3. Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

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  4. This looks like an amazing bowl. It's a great way to get in some much needed veggies that's for sure.

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  5. Mmm this bowl looks so yummy! I make bowls multiple times a week!

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  6. Neve heard of this before! Yet this is such a good way to contain all of your leftovers. Thanks for your recommendation.

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  7. I can imagine this would be both delicious and healthy. I know the kidney beans and other amazing flavors would make it quite a treat.

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  8. This is such an incredible way of eating all the goodness combined in one plate. Thanks a ton for sharing the detailed recipe. We represent what we eat and so it's so important to eat a healthy and balanced diet. The dressing sounds so interesting. Will definitely give it a try.

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  9. This is my kind of healthy eating. It is so colorful it's no wonder people enjoy it.

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