I love giant bowls of food—who doesn’t?! I don’t believe in eating programs where you have to eat tiny portion sizes of food- and I wouldn’t be able to stick them anyways! I get really grumpy when I’m hungry.
Instead, I’d rather be able to eat my fill with large portion sizes of nutrient-dense foods that digest easily and so I never have to worry about counting calories….or worse, eating tiny rabbit-portion sizes of food. My Quinoa Goddess Buddha Bowl is a hefty sized portion. After all, who says goddesses can’t eat mightily? This bowl is packed with plant-based goodness, served over hearty quinoa, and topped with a delicious red pepper sauce.
I really think you’re going to love this recipe!
Red Pepper Sauce
Sauces really can make all the difference in truly enjoying your meal, but we must be mindful of trying not to use convenient yet processed sauces we find at the stores (be sure to read labels carefully).
When you start to make your own sauces you will notice how amazing it feels to know that your converting your veggies into something equally delicious and beautifying. You’ll want to eat more veggies—something we can all benefit from.
Red peppers have an amazingly high content of vitamin C which is conserved, (along with the rest of their nutrient content), by keeping them raw when blended. Not only are red peppers bursting with skin-brightening vitamin C, but vitamins A and K.
The important antioxidant vitamins A and C help prevent cell damage and premature aging, and also helps reduce inflammation. Vitamin K also has great cell-beautifying properties, by helping to protect our cells from oxidative damage.
What is a “Buddha Bowl” anyways?
Buddha bowls are sometimes referred to as “glory” or “hippie” bowls. I’m not sure if I have ever used the term “glory bowl” myself, but hey, if you feel glorious eating it, why the heck not?! They are typically hearty and filling dishes made of various raw (like in this recipe), or roasted veggies, beans, and a healthy grain like brown rice or quinoa. Quinoa, used here, is a starch but contains lots of great amino acids to build protein in your body, plus lots of minerals.
For added texture and flavor, sometimes these bowls include toppings like nuts, seeds and dressings (I don’t know about you but my mouth is watering! My big ole appetite is kicking up again.) Depending on the recipe you choose to use, this dish can contain a rainbow of ingredients and be seasoned in any number of ways, but the basic formula always remains the same.
What’s so great about Buddha bowls, is how simple they are to make and jam-packed with filling nutrients and vitamins— which aids in weight loss and overall health and Beauty.
After cooking quinoa according to package, fluff with a fork and add your sauteed scallions and sea salt, to taste. Set aside.
Add all ingredients for your red pepper sauce into your food processor.
Blend until combined.
Prepare your veggies according to instructions. Assemble the bowl. Top the quinoa with greens, avocado, beets, carrots and sauce. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!
You will feel beautiful and balanced, from eating this has-it-all bowl. From the energy and nutrients found in the quinoa and veggies to all the flavors of the herbs and seasonings. Isn’t it about time to feed your Goddess appetite? ;)