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Vegan Buddha Bowl with Peanut Sauce
NOTE: You can find Forbidden rice at Whole Foods, Sprouts, or on Amazon. Basically, at any grocry store that has an International aisle.
What is a Buddha Bowl?
Buddha bowls can also be called glory or even hippie bowls. Sounds funny, right? The good news is, they are also super hearty and filling dishes that are made of superfood greens, delicious raw or roasted veggies, fiber filled legumes or beans and super healthy and delicious grains like quinoa or brown rice. My Vegan Buddha Bowl with Peanut Sauce recipe will not disappoint. It is filled with all those good things plus my favorite peanut sauce to top it off. Trust me, you are gonna love that sauce on everything!
What is Quinoa?
I am a really big fan of quinoa. I didn't really even know what it was until a few years ago. I had some in a salad I ordered and it was delicious. I didn't know if it was a rice or a whole grain or what. So, I did a little research.
I quickly learned that quinoa is super good for you. It has a lot of protein and fiber – which are two very important things in weight loss, which I was trying to achieve. Turns out, while quinoa has a similar light texture to rice, it has fewer calories and carbs than white rice. Again, good for weight loss!
So, I decided to try my hand with quinoa at home. Turns out, it's ridiculously easy to cook. I boiled some up and decided to turn it into a bowl, using my favorite peanut sauce to really set it off. The recipe is included below so make sure you bookmark the page as you will want to make it often and keep it in your fridge – it's great on everything!
What is Forbidden Rice?
Forbidden rice is also known as purple rice or black rice. It is called “Forbidden” because it was once reserved only for the Chinese emperor to enjoy. It was believed it would ensure his health and longevity. Hence, it was forbidden for anyone else to eat.
It is really rice. In fact, it is a medium grain rice that is actually a deep purple color with a strong nutty favor that can also be described as a bit sweet. It is very healthy and has even more fiber than brown rice – and that says a lot. Forbidden rice is also with nutritional benefits and a rich source of antioxidants.
Eating this unique and special rice is apparently great for hearth health and overall body health and all of that was enough to make me sure that I wanted to try it. It was delicious!
So, you put all those wonderful, healthy and high fiber ingredients together and you know you are going to have something. It is very delicious and super filling too. Be sure to add new textures and flavors to your own Vegan Buddha blows with things like nuts, seeds and any dressing you love!
- 1 cup quinoa prepared
- 1 cup forbidden rice prepared as directed on package
- 1 can chickpeas
- lime juice
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1 clove garlic diced (tiny)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- tomato slices
- 1/2 avocado sliced
- clover sprouts
- tamari sauce gluten-free soy sauce
- 2/3 cup plain peanuts
- quarter size chunk of ginger
- 1 small pearl onion
- squeeze of lime juice
- dash of salt and pepper
- 1/2 serrano chili
- 1/2 cup water
- Cook quinoa and forbidden rice as directed on packages.
- Coat chickpeas with lime juice, paprika, garlic, and grated ginger. Roast in skillet until slightly brown.
- Divide quinoa, chickpeas, and rice in a bowl. Top with slices of tomato, avocado, and clover sprouts. Sprinkle with tamari sauce and peanut sauce.
- To make peanut sauce, mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. Enjoy!
Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently.
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