With all of the cooking I do, you must be wondering what on earth happens with the leftovers. Well, I use them to make Buddha Zen Bowls. Assembling a gorgeous colorful Buddha Zen Bowl is simple if you’ve got at least a few leftover veggies, pasta, and meat. The key is the balance between protein, vegetables and starches, and a variety of colors. This is one of my favorite lunches because it is quick to make and super nutritious. My special Buddha Sauce is the key which brings all of the elements of the bowl together, leaving your tummy in a zen-like buddha state. You can plan your buddha bowls at the beginning of the week by preparing a few simple ingredients to have handy ahead of time, or you can put one together on the fly with what happens to be in your fridge. Now are you ready to make one for yourself? Let’s go!
Let’s start with a nice leafy green. I’m using swiss chard, but anything in the same family works great: kale, spinach, collard greens, etc….
Preparing swiss chard is easy. The bottom stems need to be boiled, and the green leaves steamed. Chop the stems in little pieces and place them in the bottom of your steamer pot, and the greens above, and let cook a good 20 minutes.
Strain the stems and take out the steamed leaves:
Working around the bowl, first pop in a generous clump of steamed greens. Then add in your favorite fun pasta (I love twisty-ties) then a meat (I used the leftover chicken from my Juicy Lemon Sage Chicken recipe) then a colorful starchy vegetable (I used the small amount left over sweet potatoes from my Sweet Potato Brownies recipe, or you can also use steamed carrots, regular steamed potatoes, purple carrots, beets, etc). Sprinkle some white sesame seeds over the greens and some black ones over the colorful starchy vegetable. Top with coriander leaves (I didn’t have any so I used mint). Microwave 30 seconds with a few pieces of salted butter over everything except the meat. Pour on my Buddha sauce (recipe below!) enjoy this super scrumptious healthy lunch.
Om shani om, om shanti om, you’ll be channeling your inner buddha in no time…