You need something easy. You need something quick. You need something healthy.
Well then, I have something for you – a Buddha Bowl. Some brown rice, chickpeas, add whatever veggies are in your fridge along with some garlic, spices, flaxseeds and tamari sauce – BOOM – insta-greatness.
This easy meal really does have it all. You have your whole grains, protein from the chickpeas, fiber and vitamins from the veggies and a bowl full of taste!
I used some veggies that I received in my most recent CSA farm share – cute lil’ baby carrots and broccoli.
First things first, get the brown rice going. Notice I didn’t say white rice. Yeah, that stuff is just no good for you. Make a smart decision and go with the brown. Lots of protein and fiber! Now brown rice can be a little time consuming to cook, so if you know you will be in a hurry, try making this ahead of time so you can just pull it out of the fridge the next day and heat it up.
All you do is take 1 cup brown rice and combine it with 2 1/2 cups water in a pot. Salt it. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer for about 45-55 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it stand covered for about 5 minutes.
For your veggies: you can use about any veggie that your heart desires. I just kept it simple broccoli and carrots this time. Chop up your veggies, dice 1-2 cloves of garlic and drain and wash your chickpeas.
Add some olive oil to the pan along with the garlic and saute it for a minute or so, then add the carrots and broccoli. Let those cook for about 2 minutes and then you can throw in the chickpeas. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you want, add a dash of cayenne pepper to spice things up a little Cook all the ingredients for a few more minutes. After they are all done cooking, add in about a tablespoon of flaxseeds.
Put the rice in your bowl, add some of the veggies toppings and pour a little tamari sauce over the top. I really like adding avocados to the top! I really brings it to a whole new level! This dish makes great leftovers too so be sure to make enough to bring for lunch the next day!
If you notice, I said “about” a lot in these directions. That is because this recipe is so versatile and really depends on how you want it! Feel free to experiment with it! Add whatever veggies or spices you like and see what makes your taste buds smile!