In the last month, since beginning this food sensitivity exploration diet, I've had a number of bloggy friends write with questions about what I am eating. When I gave out the initial list of what I was not eating at first - gluten, dairy, sugar, eggs, meat, nightshade plants, corn, soy, tree nuts, citrus, and a few others - the remaining list of acceptable foods seemed dismal. I've since added loads of foods back into my diet, but THIS is the meal that got me through.
More than got me through, it's been so good that BC and I make a huge pot nearly every week, tweeked to whatever happens to be in the fridge, and eat it for days.
~ Buddha Bowl ~
The basic formula is this: start with a cooked grain, add a bean, add a raw veggie, add a cooked veggie, top with avocado. It is endlessly adjustable, so feel free to experiment, but this is one of our favorites. I know it seems like a lot of ingredients and plenty of steps, but you just put on some great music, start with the longest cooking time (the beans) and prep from there.
You will need:
1 1/2 Cups Adzuki Beans (pre-soaked, OR just switch 'em up for canned black beans, liquid reserved)
2 Large Yams
1 1/2 Cups Brown Rice
1 Medium Onion
3-4 Cloves Garlic
6-9 Collard Green Leaves
2 Large Carrots
1/2 Cup Cilantro
Avocados (I like 1/2 an avocado per serving)
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika (smoked if you have it)
Salt to taste
1. If you are using adzuki beans (or any other dried, pre-soaked bean), cook until just tender. The basic formula I use is 1 cup soaked beans to 3 cups water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, cover but leave the lid just barely cracked open, and simmer on low for one hour. If you are using canned beans, skip this step.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cube yams, toss in olive oil (just enough to give a light coating), set to roast for 40 minutes (tossing once).
3. Cook brown rice according to directions.
4. Dice onions and garlic. Wash and chop collard greens into bite size pieces. Grate raw carrots. Roughly chop cilantro. I prep all these things while the beans, yams and rice cook.
5. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat, add onion and garlic and sautée until translucent. Add cumin, chili powder, paprika, then add beans plus 2 cups of the liquid they cooked in (If you are using canned beans, just pour the whole business in). Cover and set to simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Blanch collard greens. If you're like me, this means bringing a cup of water to boil, tossing in the greens, and letting them boil until bright and tender, then pouring off the excess water.
7. Now take the largest bowl you own, add in ALL the above and mix well. Taste, add salt as needed. Serve in large bowls with half an avocado, diced, on top.
Plus it's gluten-free, vegan, low-fat, high-fiber, but you don't have to tell your family all that!