Broccoli Chickpea Chipotle Buddha Bowl

Broccoli Chickpea Chipotle Buddha Bowl

Broccoli Chickpea Chipotle Buddha Bowl PinThis Broccoli Chickpea Chipotle Buddha Bowl is easy, fast, oil-free, low-calorie, nutritious and delicious. It’s a great recipe if you’re in a hurry and watching your calories.

Since I stepped up my gym workouts, I’ve been wanting a high protein lunch that’s fast and easy to prepare. I made this one before my workout so it was ready when I got back from the gym. If I don’t plan ahead like this, I find myself eating the first thing I see when I get home instead of the best thing for a post-workout meal.

This is the second Buddha Bowl I’ve created after Amelia encouraged me to take on this Buddha Bowl project. The last one was the Cauliflower Chickpea Buddha Bowl and it was also amazing!

Most Buddha Bowls are neatly arranged with each ingredient placed separately in the bowl over rice, quinoa, barley, greens, etc. But it takes a lot more time (and pots) to prepare everything individually and assemble them when everything is done. I prefer the one-pot variety to save time and generate fewer dirty dishes. Maybe my next one will follow the rules…but I’m not much of a rule follower…

I created this Buddha Bowl with the ingredients we had on hand. We always have onions and garlic, but today we also had broccoli and red cabbage. They add a lot of color and antioxidants.

Red cabbage is one of the best foods you can eat for preventing and fighting cancer. The brighter color a food is, the more antioxidants it has. That means red cabbage has more than green cabbage. Plus, I like the taste of red cabbage better than green, although both are delicious in the right recipe.

I like to sauté my onions and garlic separately so they get a little extra tender, but you can probably put everything in the pot at the same time and cook it all together. That’ll make it a little easier.

Steam frying is the key to sauteing veggies without oil. You need to use a generous amount of vegetable broth, and cover the pan so the moisture doesn’t evaporate. We try to cook without oil as much as possible, and there’s really no need to use it when you’re sauteing veggies. It just adds a lot more calories without much other benefit.

Despite the common myth, your body does not need fat from processed oils. You get all the fat you need from unprocessed plants. Oils may even contribute to heart disease and several kinds of cancer.

If you don’t have any chipotle seasoning on hand, you can swap that out for chili powder or some spicy Thai hot sauce.

You can eat this dish without the brown rice…it’ll just decrease the number of servings. Personally, I love brown rice, and it’s far better for you than white rice. Brown rice has been shown to help with weight loss and type 2 diabetes, while white rice can make both of those worse.

However you decide to prepare this Broccoli Chickpea Chipotle Buddha Bowl recipe, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the variety of tastes, textures and colors. Let us know how it turned out in the comments below!


Cauliflower Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Cauliflower Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Cauliflower Chickpea Buddha Bowl PinThis Cauliflower Chickpea Buddha Bowl recipe was inspired by a trip to a plant-based restaurant in Cuenca, Ecuador. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in Cuenca and they have several Buddha Bowls on their menu.

The co-owner and chef, Paul, backpacked throughout South America and ended up in Montevideo, Uruguay where he got a job as a chef in a plant-based restaurant. He returned to Cuenca with one of his co-workers and they opened their own plant-based restaurant called Café Libre. It’s what I would call gourmet vegan food (except for a couple of items that contain eggs).

Not only is the food delicious, it’s also presented in a way that is sure to draw your phone from your pocket so you can take a picture and share it with your friends on Facebook. It’s that good!

This Cauliflower Chickpea Buddha Bowl recipe is my own creation, made with some of my favorite ingredients and spices. Amelia usually makes our new recipes, but she put me in charge of the Buddha bowls since I love them so much.

We had some cauliflower that needed to be used so that’s where I started. Paul has a chickpea Buddha Bowl on the Café Libre menu and we had a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) in the cupboard so that was ingredient number two.

We always have onions, garlic and chili peppers on hand so those were natural choices. I also like to add mushrooms for their chewy texture. Baby bellas are our favorite type and we usually have some of those in the fridge.

Swiss chard is a very nutritious dark leafy green, and recipes like this are a good way to add dark leafy greens to your diet. Kale, spinach or a combination would also be great. You could also skip the swiss chard and pair this with a dark leafy green Hearty Side Salad or a low calorie Spinach Salad.

Most of the time, we sauté with vegetable broth to reduce the calories (1 tablespoon has 120 calories) and also because oil isn’t a whole food. There is also a lot of evidence that oil may be as bad for our health as any other fatty food. Dr. Michael Greger thinks of “oil as the table sugar of the fat kingdom” and Mic the Vegan calls it the Vegan Killer.

From a calorie perspective alone, we think it’s worth avoiding oil if possible. And there’s absolutely no need to sauté with oil when steam frying with vegetable broth (or vegetable bouillon or water or wine) works just as well.

The remaining ingredients give the mixture its flavor and a lot of extra nutritional benefits. Lime is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help with weight loss, turmeric has been shown to fight cancer and spices in general are loaded with antioxidants that have been shown to fight aging and all sorts of cancers.

I like a little sweetness to go with my spicy so I added some agave. Normally I would use maple syrup, but we didn’t have any (sniff sniff). You can skip this to reduce the calories and the liquid sugar. You can also skip the salt if that’s a concern (especially if you have high blood pressure or kidney disease), but it helps bring out the other flavors.

This is a great one-pot lunch recipe that you can make ahead of time and eat it cold or heat it up the next day. I made this a two serving recipe, but if you serve it over 3/4 cup of brown rice, you can get 4 servings out of it.

This Cauliflower Chickpea Buddha Bowl recipe is a nutrition powerhouse that’s loaded with healthy sources of protein, carbs and fat. It’ll keep you satisfied and powered until dinner. Enjoy!


Fennel Orange Salad

Fennel Orange Salad with Beets

Fennel Orange Salad PinThis Fennel Orange Salad with Beets is one of Amelia’s fresh and delicious specialties. She loves to make this cold salad for us on a hot summer day.

Fennel is one of my favorite veggies. It smells like liquorice but it’s a vegetable! How is that even possible! Combined with the orange and beets, this salad smells and tastes like candy!

It’s great all by itself, but it’s even better served over arugula or your favorite leafy greens.

The beets are a nice addition and lend more sweetness to the salad. They take about 45 minutes to boil and need to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before you can peel them so keep that in mind when you’re planning your meal time.

Remember to zest the orange before you peel it. That’s a lot easier than trying to zest a peel.


Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast PinI never considered eating a Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast before, but this recipe is absolutely delicious. The squash is naturally sweet and full of fiber while the nuts and non-dairy yogurt supply the protein and savory flavor. Topped with cinnamon and drizzled with a little agave and you’ve got yourself one healthy, decadent breakfast treat.

We used So Delicious Dairy Free Plain Yogurt which is fortified with Vitamin B12. A quarter a cup of this yogurt has 10% of your RDV of Vitamin B12. If you’re a full vegan, B12 is a vitamin you can’t get from plants anymore.

Before we sanitized our veggies and chlorinated our water, we got B12 from the microbes that lived in the soil and water, and made their way onto our food. Now, we must get our B12 from other sources, like a B12 supplement or fortified foods such as Nutritional Yeast, non-dairy milk or yogurt.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting B12 from these sources. In fact, because humans sanitize, pasteurize and cook animal products, it kills the B12 microbes there, too. That means animal products aren’t a great source of B12 either and some studies show that meat eaters, especially those over 50, suffer from B12 deficiencies. Here’s some more info on B12…

How to Cut Acorn SquashPrepping the acorn squash is the hardest part of this recipe. That’s why I created this How to Cut Acorn Squash guide to show you the easiest way to cut an acorn squash so it doesn’t fall over, spilling your delicious filling all over the place.

Be sure to save your squash seeds! They’re a delicious snack you can make with our Roasted Squash Seeds recipe.

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast Cooking Video


Chopped Asian Salad

Chopped Asian Salad with Orange Sesame Dressing

Chopped Asian SaladThis delicious Chopped Asian Salad recipe is a hearty, colorful, tangy and delicious asian salad with 7 grams of fiber, 11 grams of protein and your whole days’ worth of Vitamins A and C.

Asian salads are known for their unique combination of sweet and savory. Some even throw in some spiciness for good measure. This recipe has it all.

The orange and agave provide the sweet. The veggies and soy sauce provide the savory. And the ginger and Sriracha give it a spicy kick that will make your tongue impatient for the next bite of this delicious Chopped Asian Salad with Orange Sesame Dressing.

Balsamic Salad Dressing

Balsamic Salad Dressing

Balsamic Salad DressingThis Balsamic Salad Dressing recipe is Amelia’s favorite salad dressing. It’s simple to make and very tasty. The agave gives it a little sweetness and the garlic…well, it’s garlic. You can’t go wrong with garlic.

Balsamic vinegar has a delicious, savory flavor. Amelia prefers white balsamic and I prefer it dark, but both are very flavorful. Sometimes we just put plain balsamic vinegar on our salads, especially if we’re trying to reduce our oil intake.

This balsamic salad dressing will go well on our Hearts of Palm Salad or any side salad. It only takes a couple minutes to throw together with ingredients found in most kitchens.

Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats w/ Chia Seeds

Steel Cut OatsSteel Cut Oats is a staple breakfast for me. It’s fast and easy to prepare, with lots of healthy nutrients. While they’re almost nutritionally equal, steel cut oats fill me up more than rolled oats and seem to stick with me longer.

Chia seeds are considered by many to be a super-food because of their nutritional density. They have lots of protein and because they expand in liquid, they make you feel fuller. If you’re trying to lose weight, this is a good way to trick your stomach into thinking you’ve eaten more than you have.

The peanut butter thickens up the oats and adds more protein while slowing the absorption. With the spices and fruit, this makes a delicious breakfast.

With a glass of cashew milk, this recipe keeps me full until lunch. If you have a sweet tooth, you can add more agave or replace with a tablespoon of organic brown sugar.