autumn harvest buddha bowl_ (under 400 calories!)

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I keep seeing Buddha (or Macro) bowls posted on foodgawker and pinterest but never fully understood exactly what constitutes a Buddha bowl. Turns out, it’s pretty simple and a really easy way to create a balanced and healthy meal. It’s also exciting because you have the ability to add several yummy ingredients to make fun flavor combinations.

the basics of a buddha bowl_

protein + vegetables + grain

with the option to add some kind of sauce and other healthy extras like nuts, avocado, or cheese, for example.

Maybe it helps if you think of it like putting together an outfit. You need your basics – pants, shirt, dress, skirt (okay, you get the point). Once you’ve got your clothes, then you can think about accessorizing – shoes, jewelry, hat etc. Maybe I need to work on my analogies but the point I’m trying make is putting together a buddha bowl can be as simple or creative as you’d like. You even have the option to make it vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free.

Seasonal produce perfect for your buddha bowl_

I’m finally ready to bid farewell to summer, especially after a record-breaking warm last week in the Netherlands. Now its cooled down and the fall vegetables and fruits displayed in the markets which is making my transition to fall a bit more tolerable. That be
ing said, when I think of fall in New England, I think of Puimg_20160920_194943mpkin Spiced Dunkin Donuts coffee and Shipyard Pumpkin beer. What was once readily available to me is now a delicacy and I’m not sure how I will survive without these two nectars of the gods (cough..care packages welcome).

Fill your shopping carts up with this in-season produce:

Fruits: apples, pears, figs

Vegetables: winter squash, sweet potato, brussel sprouts, shallots, cauliflower, pumpkin

 

THE RECIPE_

This recipe combines healthy, seasonal produce and is low-calorie, low-sugar and high protein. It’s easy to make, and you could even prep ingredients ahead of time for simple and quick assembly if you’re making this after work or a late-workout. For under 400 calories, you get a variety of flavors and textures and if you want a little extra, start getting creative with your own additions to the bowl!

*note: weighing my food has been the most helpful tool when trying to lose or maintain weight and get control over portion sizes. I highly recommend using a food scale when cooking but will also include ingredients by volume.

{makes 2 servings}

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You may notice I call this a Buddha bowl, but didn’t actually plate it in a “bowl.” That’s because 1) I don’t yet own a big hearty bowl that suitable for something like this 2) I wanted to be able to show you all the healthy and seasonable ingredients I used. That being said, my husband, Bill, did say he wished it was in a bowl. So next time, bowl it is.

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