Taking a different route this week…not a menu plan, per se. More of a, “Choose your own Adventure,” kind of plan. This week I’m making Buddha Bowls every night. This is a great way to make a complete and healthy meal, and is also very fast and provides opportunities for lots of different options. Here’s what I mean…
1- Pick a base (quinoa, rice, millet, farro, amaranth, greens, cauliflower rice, zoodles)
2- Pick a protein (chicken, shrimp, salmon, pork, fish, eggs, lean beef, tofu, beans, lentils)
3- Pick your vegetables (any and all….roasted, sauteed, raw- anything but fried)
4-Pick extras (don’t go too crazy with these, but do add some for extra flavor and texture- avocado, nuts, seeds, cheese)
5- Drizzle with a dressing- Get creative…this could be as simple as salsa, or you can blend a nut/seed butter with spices and a little bit of water to thin it out. Another good option is to blend an avocado with a little yogurt or coconut milk, with some spices and lime juice.
The point of this is to be quick and easy. You can change these meals entirely with your spice choices. To make this even easier, make an entire bag of your grain today, and then you won’t have to for the next couple of days. After you purchase your proteins, you can marinate them right when you get home, and then you won’t have to deal with that for a few days, either. Roast up a large pan of vegetables, and then you can grab them when you need them.
For example…tonight I’m making quinoa, topped with lots and lots of vegetables and spicy peanut sauce. Tomorrow will be quinoa, shredded chicken, pecans, grapes, sheep’s milk bleu cheese, drizzled with balsamic creme. It can’t get any easier than rice, raw veggies, maybe some shrimp or salmon, soy sauce/liquid aminos/coconut animos/tamari, and wasabi- boom; sushi bowl.
If you need a little more inspiration, here are some suggestions: Buddha Bowl Recipes