Last week I had the pleasure of creating on the cooking stage at the Edmonton Home and Garden Show. It was so much fun... totally unscripted, fly by the seat of my pants fun. There's nothing like creating in front of a live audience to keep you on your toes.
Here's a little video I posted on my Facebook page. My sister in law happened to be there with me and was able to catch some great moments... like this one.
Deanne Ferguson, the emcee, and I were speaking about spiralizers. And yes, for the record, I have not found one that doesn't cut my fingers or give me heart palpitations. Often times people think that because you cook you should be able to use any kitchen tool. Well, not me. Not even close.
To give you even more context, I was talking about making simple and easy Buddha bowls, ones that you can create with simple ingredients that you have in your fridge or pantry. I believe food should be simple (and delicious, of course), but should not give headaches and heart palpitations. It's all about moving back to basics and learning healthy new skills that support an abundant and vibrant life.
No gimmicks. Uncomplicated with happy and healthy shenanigans. Because life is meant to be fun.
Believe it or not, it wasn't that long ago that I wondered "what the heck is a Buddha bowl?" There's so many names for food nowadays that it can become pretty confusing. So on the cooking stage I shared how to simply create a bowl that will make your mouth water. And this is the exact bowl I prepared.
Here's the thing to know about creating a bowl: make it beautiful. It doesn't require any extra time and it's totally worth it. Because when you sit down to eat and you look at the meal in front of you, not only will you want to dive in head first, but you will absorb the love that was put into creating the bowl.
The other thing to know... is it's all about the sauce. Seriously. Sauces are everything. And don't be shy. Pour that sauce on and if you feel you need more, pour it on again. I repeat: do not be shy.
And one last thing. Always prepare extra. Pack up all the ingredients separately in the fridge so it doesn't spoil but you'll have it on hand to make more over the coming days. It's lazy (and super efficient!) meal prep.
Beety Buddha Bowl
- Large handful of spinach
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup canned or cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup shredded or spiralized beets
- 1/2 avocados, cubed
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 tbsp toasted raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp Sauerkraut
Cilantro Cayenne Tahini Sauce
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 2/3 - 3/4 cup water, depending on desired consistency
- Juice of half lemon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- In a beautiful bowl, place ingredients in as such: Spinach at the bottom. Off to one side, place quinoa, then cilantro, avocado, chickpeas, and beets.
- Prepare toasted pumpkin seeds: heat a small frying pan over medium heat. Once it's hot, add pumpkin seeds. Move them around the frying pan for a few (3-5) minutes to gently toast them. Add them on top of your bowl.
- Prepare sauce: In a medium bowl, add all ingredients, starting with only 2/3 cup of water. Whisk together. Taste and adjust.
- Pour some of the sauce over bowl, though keep it close for more sauciness. Store remaining sauce in a mason jar in the fridge.
- Top with sauerkraut.