Things currently making me happy:
- The fact that February is almost over
- Getting to see my sister in a few more days
- Gilmore Girls reruns on CTS every night at 7 pm
- Recreating one of my favourite restaurant dishes
Ever since I first tried the Buddha Bowl from my favourite vegan cafe, I’ve been obsessed with it. But last time as I was eating it, I couldn’t help but think how simple it would be to make. So I started picking apart (figuratively, of course) my meal and figuring out all the ingredients so that I could make it on my own.
Today I’m excited to share with you this spot-on version that I came up with. This Buddha Bowl is simple, nourishing, and perfect for any dietary restrictions because it’s vegan and gluten free! It does contain nuts, but it can easily be made nut free by leaving out the almonds. And the best thing about this Buddha Bowl? All the leftovers! I ate this 4 days in a row, and I’m still not sick of it yet.
- ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
- ¼ cup tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 block of tofu
- 4-5 cups cooked brown rice
- 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp dried basil
- 1 sweet potato
- 4 roma tomatoes, diced
- ¼ red onion, diced
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- ¼ cup almonds
- 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Tofu: In a shallow dish combine the sesame oil, tamari and rice vinegar. Drain and press out the water from the tofu, then cut it into small cubes. Marinate them in the mixture for about 15 minutes on each side. Then pan fry on both sides until they become slightly crispy.
- Sweet potato: Slice into 1 cm thick rounds, then quarter the slices. Spray with cooking oil and roast for about 10-15 minutes on each side.
- Assembly: Divide the brown rice amongst 4 bowls. Drizzle 1 tsp of tamari and 1 tsp of olive oil over each bowl and sprinkle dried basil over top. Then divide the tofu, sweet potato, tomato, onion, cilantro, almonds, and sunflower seeds amongst the 4 bowls. Top each bowl with a few slices of avocado.
What’s making you happy today?
If you could recreate any dish from a restaurant, what would it be?