Basic Buddha Bowl
When I first started eating cleaner several years ago, I made a lunch that usually consisted of several vegetables, an occasional carb, and lean protein. I realized recently that I've been making a pseudo buddha bowl all these years, so now I have a name for what is my go-to lunch. The now popular bowl is a great introduction for those of you who are wanting a balanced meal while starting your clean eating journey. The basic buddha bowl elements are simple: add protein + 2-3 cooked or raw vegetables + carbohydrate + sauce. The recipe below is a very simple recipe but easy to change any of the item for your favorite vegetables. If you are looking for a lower carb meal, cut out the sweet potato. I added a roasted garlic tahini sauce, a flavor filled sauce to go with the simply seasoned vegetables. If you do not have one, grab a small food processor (my large one holds 14 cups, way too big for making the roasted garlic sauce). Once you have this basic recipe down, try experimenting! I am going to be making a variety of buddha bowls over my next Whole 30 since the recipe is an easy one to follow. Look forward to more fun bowls to come over the next few weeks.
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 head of broccoli, florets trimmed
1 head cauliflower, florets trimmed
3 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 package of spicy turkey sausage
Pre-heat oven to 375. Prep your vegetables, cutting the florets off the broccoli and cauliflower. Peel and cube the sweet potato. Toss each vegetable in a tablespoon of olive oil per vegetable.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread out the vegetables evenly on the sheets. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the vegetables. Place into the oven for 25 minutes.
While the vegetables are roasting, heat your sausage over medium high heat. Cook for 7 minutes, flip, then continue to cook. Once cooked all the way through, slice the sausage.
To make your bowl, add a serving of each vegetable, the sausage and top with the roasted garlic sauce.