Black Bean & Kale Buddha Bowl

Black Bean and Kale Buddha BowlSummer has cast its inglorious blaze all across the country. The scorching heat creates a lacklustre and parched landscape that resonates the sentiments of its residents. It is that time of the year when standing over a stovetop is the last thing anyone wants to do. This is the perfect time to replace hot and heavy meals with light and refreshing ones.

This summer it is time to jump onto the bandwagon of the latest health food trend that’s sweeping the Western world. This widespread weight loss trend is oddly named after Buddha – a man often portrayed as having an enormous, round belly! Once you disregard the incongruous name, you will come to realize that a Buddha Bowls are healthy, well-balanced vegetarian bowls. They are packed with nutrients and vitamins, known to assist with weight loss.

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Buddha Bowls are very easy to prepare and are only limited by your imagination. The basic formula is: A leafy green + a combination of vitamin packed vegetables + a complex carbohydrate grain + healthy fat + lean vegetarian protein + a crunch or natural flavour personalization = A Nourishing and delicious Buddha bowl

My Black Bean and Kale Buddha Bowl recipe is a light and healthy bowl of goodness that will fuel you on a hot summers day. The contrast of colors is visual treat and it teases your tastebuds with the umami of an Asian inspired dressing. This Buddha Bowl fights against the nasty and unwanted side effects of the heat! It promises to improve your mood and satisfy your belly, despite summer’s harshest attempts to bring you down!

Black Bean & Kale Buddha Bowl Recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
Dressing Ingredients
2 tablespoons Tamari soy sauce (can substitute light soy)
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper -> Something extra
¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper -> Something extra
1.5 tablespoon toasted sesame oil -> Healthy fat
Salad Ingredients
2 cups Kale, ribs removed and roughly chopped -> Leafy Green Base
¼ cup corn, lightly boiled -> Vegetable
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved -> Vegetable
¼ cup sliced onions, 1 cup -> Something Extra
1 cup cooked black beans, drained -> Lean vegetarian protein
1 cup cooked quinoa -> Complex carbohydrate + some protein

Notes:

  • The kale can be served raw or lightly steamed. My husband isn’t fond of raw Kale so I steam it just a little.
  • Always cook your quinoa is low sodium chicken or vegetable broth. This enhances the flavour of the quinoa.
  • You can replace the black beans with red kidney beans.
  • Just reduce the quantities to make this for an individual. Remember Couples that eat healthy together, live long together!

Method:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together all the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a serving bowl artistically arrange all the salad ingredients. Pour over the dressing just before serving and mix everything together and enjoy!
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