The best Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowls are all the rage at the mo, and while I’m not a follower of fashion I’m prepared to make an exception here – I mean for a bowl of rainbow coloured real food with masses of taste and texture, drizzled with a spicy peanutty sauce, who wouldn’t? You can make Buddha Bowls from any good food you have to hand as long as it’s multi-coloured and includes vegetables, fibre and protein. I kind of prefer their other name – Hippy Bowls – but thought I’d better keep that tendency under wraps. This one would be gorgeous with a softly poached egg too.
Serves: 1 • Prep time: 10 mins • Cook time: 20 mins • Easy 
Ingredients
  • 1 small diced sweet potato
  • large handful of julienned beetroot
  • 2 Swiss chard leaves, shredded – or any leafy greens/salad
  • 200g chickpeas
  • 1 ripe avocado, stoned and sliced
  • ½ a red pepper, finely sliced
  • sprinkle of poppy seeds and sunflower seeds
  • a few slices of red onion
  • chilli flakes
  • sea salt
  • dressing
Instructions
Roast the sweet potato drizzled with a little olive oil and sea salt in a medium hot oven for 15-20 mins.

Dry fry the chickpeas with a few chilli flakes in a heavy pan for 3-4 mins.

Stir fry the beetroot in a drizzle of oil until slightly softened.

Assemble everything in a deep bowl that’s about the diameter of your hand with spread-fingers, drizzle with dressing of choice, I used our Satay Dressing (recipe still to come but basically olive oil, tahini, peanut butter, chilli sauce and lime), and sprinkle the seeds all over.
Nutrition info
One of the most important parts of the body is the gut. Most people underestimate its effect on their whole system, including brain function. Such is the importance of the gut that it's often referred to as the second brain. Chickpeas provide loads of insoluble fibre, that means they reach the large intestine without being broken down too much and it's there that they are worked on and turned into short chain fatty acids which the colon cells feed from and stay optimally active and healthy.

Avocados provide fantastic anti-inflammatory benefits and the other veg provide a raft of vitamins, minerals and fibre, Swiss chard veg is particularly beneficial and has masses of vitamins K, A and C. The red onion provides quercitin, which is good for heart health, peppers are a great source of vitamins A and C for good eyesight, skin and tissue health, and immunity. Olive oil provides healthy fats and vinegar is said to block a small amount of starch digestion, so may be helpful with blood sugar control.

Make the easy switch to being vegetarian with a veggie eatnaturally plan every week!

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Gautama Buddha
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