Summer time and the vegetables are going crazy! Perfect time for a Clean Eating challenge thanks to /52weeksofcooking. For the most part I try to avoid highly processed foods, including fake meats, but there is something to be said about the convenience that comes with those items. However, this week I wanted to go all out, so I decided to all incorporate elements of raw eating in my recipe which is what lead me to making a buddha bowl. A budha bowl is a (traditionally) vegan dish featuring raw fruits and veggies with a whole grain. I decided to use brown rice, but quinoa and barley were also debated.
2 cups brown rice, cooked
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp fresh rosemary
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 avocado, sliced
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups chickpeas, presoaked
2 carrots, sliced
1 ear corn, kernels sliced off
- Toss the rice with the olive oil, vinegar and fresh herbs in a large bowl. Allow to chill for at least 30 minutes, then toss again and add more oil if needed.
- Place in a bowl and layer the vegetables on top
- Top with cheese (optional) or nuts (optional)
I was lucky enough to have tomatoes from my garden, along with all the herbs, while the corn comes from the Eastern Shore. I tried to use all local ingredients but I couldn’t pass by the avocados at the store without grabbing a few. I could easily eat one, or more, of those each day – they are simply fantastic! At some point I want to try the fried egg in an avocado dish but a bit terrified of having raw egg and overcooked avocado. Anyone ever tried it before? Any tips???
In gardening news – I have no idea where I am tomato wise! Every day I go out I grab another handful and they are amazing. I’ve also harvested four jalapenos, with another 4 on the vine. However no eggplants yet – three stopped growing while a few more of showing some promise. They are a smaller variety so not expecting massive veggies but thought they would be a bit bigger than their current state. Fingers crossed the random chilly weather last week didn’t stunt them or something.