Five-Superfood Cleansing Buddha Bowl
All ingredients in this healthy, Asian-inspired grain bowl are superfoods. Clean eating is done right with this filling Buddha bowl, packed with nutrients and protein. Makes for a quick weeknight dinner.
January marks a new beginning. It’s a time to embark on our New Year’s resolutions and take stock of the ways we’d like to continue to grow in the months to come. For many of us, that means recommitting to a healthier lifestyle or giving Veganuary a shot as we seek to detox from all of the sugary and fatty (but oh-so-delicious) treats enjoyed during the holiday season!
This vegan Buddha bowl is packed with vitamins and protein, as all five ingredients are superfoods! Nourishing kale and filling farro (or another whole grain of your choice) comprise the backbone of this Asian-inspired bowl, which is also topped with edamame, radish and kimchee (AKA kimchi). Finish it off with a salad dressing of your choosing, be it my ginger-citrus dressing, a simple oil-vinegar dressing or whatever you may choose.
To me, a Buddha bowl is the ultimate customizable, nutritious meal, and it’s perfect for weeknight dinners when you’re pressed for time. Just throw everything into a bowl and you’re good to go. Clean eating doesn’t get too much easier than this!
Why Your Body Loves These Buddha Bowl Ingredients
Farro: An ancient grain and plant-based protein that will leave you feeling full. It’s a good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B3 and iron. It can be made easily in a rice cooker or on the stovetop, but you might not find it at all grocery stores. I like this farro from Roland Foods, sold on Amazon at a very reasonable price. (I will earn a small commission, at no cost to you, if you choose to purchase this product)
Kale: So nutritious! Big in vitamins B, C, E and K, plus kale offers calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.
Edamame: A source of protein, complete with vitamins C and K, folate, iron and calcium. Makes for a great, healthy mid-day snack. Not always found fresh in grocery stores, but often found in the freezer. I find the difference between defrosted and fresh edamame to be negligible, honestly.
Radish: These colorful beauties come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and offer antioxidants and vitamins.
Kimchee: Thanks to the fermentation process, kimchee is a great source of probiotics. It’s a nutritious item, which vitamins C and A.
Toss it all together and you’ve got a simple meal that’s beautiful, fresh and very healthy. If you’re feeling extra fancy, consider topping with cilantro, a squeeze of lemon, sliced almonds or green onions for added fun, taste and texture!
Five-Superfood Buddha Bowl
- 2 c. cooked farro or whole grain of your choice
- 2 c. kale or greens of your choice
- 1/2 c edamame
- 1/2 c. radish sliced
- 1/4 c. kimchee
- Asian-inspired or other salad dressing to taste
- Toss ingredients in a bowl, then add salad dressing of your choice. Garnish with green onion, sliced almonds and cilantro.
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