BUDDHA BOWL: SWEET POTATO, CHICKPEA + KALE

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So as of late, bowls have been my absolute JAM. Bowls for breakfast- smoothies +oats + fruit salad. Bowls for lunch- pasta + salads. Bowls for dinner- Buddha bowls + soups + chilis. Literally and figuratively, bowls all day everyday.

By definition, it is “a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded ‘belly’ appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha.” AKA hearty, filling bowls of various greens, roasted or fresh veggies, beans and a grain like quinoa or brown rice. If you haven’t jumped on that Buddha bowl train, it is time. It makes dinners so easy!

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Another BONUS: these are super simple to make. The most time consuming part of this gem is roasting the sweet potatoes and veggies in the oven + browning the chickpeas.

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I have always been a fan of learning. You can learn something every single day! This holds true in my day job- every shift I learn something. Whether it be a new medication, procedure, disease- or simply something about myself. I love it. With cooking, I have learned how to cook things I NEVER knew about growing up in a Puerto Rican household- eating lots of rice, beans and chicken. Now look at me, cooking with kale and my NEWest find/love- broccolini. I swear if broccoli and asparagus had a baby this would be it. So delish roasted in the oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper!

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For this bowl you will need:

VEGETABLES
  • 2 Tbsp olive, melted coconut, or grape seed oil
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, halved
  • 1 bundle broccolini, large stems removed, chopped
  • 2 big handfuls kale, larger stems removed
  • 1/4 tsp each salt + pepper
CHICKPEAS
  • 1 15-ounce chickpeas, drained, rinsed + patted dry
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp each salt + pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional)
TAHINI SAUCE (OPTIONAL)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2-4 Tbsp hot water to thin

Have everything you need? Head over to Minimalist Baker for the full recipe + directions!

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The first time I made this I made it just as the recipe read. The second time I was feeling extra hungry so I added rice! You can definitely do this arrangement with quinoa, brown rice or just more greens.

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I hope you give this recipe a try!

Happy Cooking,

Sherise Rae

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