A perfect vegetarian dinner in a bowl!
I absolutely enjoy eating plant-based meals throughout the week, but I enjoy creating these fun recipes even more! This Buddha bowl has become a staple in my week. I love adding different vegetables and herbs to each creation. This one has freshly grated turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with powerful compounds that are amazing for our health. I’ve created a hemp heart-based lime dressing because hemp hearts are loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for the mind and body.
1 bunch Lacinato kale
½ cup chickpeas
¼ cup grape tomatoes, cut in halves
½ cup cooked quinoa/basmati rice blend
4 radishes, sliced
½ avocado, dipped into 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
1 tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp fresh grated turmeric, for topping
For the hemp lime dressing
1/8 cup olive oil
4 Tbsp hemp hearts
Juice from 2 limes
½ tsp pure maple syrup
First, chop the kale and lightly steam for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Place the chickpeas on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and toss them in the turmeric powder and a touch of salt and pepper. Bake them for 20 minutes at 425° or until crispy. Once crispy, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
To prepare the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. You may need to add juice from another lime and stir in between blending. Set aside for later.
Assemble by placing the kale in the base of a large serving bowl. Top with the cooked quinoa/basmati rice, chickpeas, sliced tomatoes, radishes and avocado.
Pour 3 Tbsp of the dressing over the salad and finish with the fresh grated turmeric as garnish.
You can save the remaining dressing in a mason jar and store in the fridge for up to one week.
Nutritional value (per serving): Calories 653; Carbs 82g; Fat 27; Protein: 24g
Author: Andrea Saliba is a certified holistic nutritionist, health coach and group fitness instructor in Vancouver, BC. She offers nutrition plans to gain energy, strength and confidence. Her approach is to inspire people to make healthier food choices while educating her clients on the importance of the mind-body connection. www.andreasaliba.ca
More Inspiration: Try these delicious veggie dumplings alongside your Buddha Bowl!