Buddha bowls! Who doesn't love these healthy bowls of goodness? Let's face it, anything in a bowl just brings a unique sort of comfort. They are easy to customize a rainbow of ingredients based on what is in season and what you have on hand. These meal sized bowls commonly use a variety of clean eating produce, grains, protein, nuts, and seeds topped with a delicious sauce.
If you are curious as to where the term "Buddha Bowl" came from, it basically originated because these bowls are usually packed so full with a variety of nutrients that they give the appearance of a round belly, similar to the belly of a buddha. So you can count on being completely satisfied with this healthy meal.
What you get from this butternut buckwheat bowl is a little bit of savory, a little bit of sweet, some warmth, some spice, and a colorful display of great tasting ingredients. Since buddha bowls are so addicting, you really need a go-to bowl for every season. Naturally, that calls for one involving butternut squash. Hands down, this is one of my top 3 favorite varieties of fall and winter squash available.
I love using buckwheat groats with this bowl. Contrary to its name, buckwheat is actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb. Crazy, huh? That is awesome news for people who eat a gluten free diet. Because of the flavonoids and maganese, buckwheat is excellent for our cardiovascular system. The flavonoids help balance our cholesterol levels and the maganese relaxes our blood vessels which improves blood flow and the delivery of nutrients throughout our body. When preparing your buckwheat, it's best to soak the groats in advance for optimal absorption of its nutrients. It's not absolutely necessary though, just preferred. If you choose to soak your groats, simply place the groats in a large bowl, fill it with filtered water, and let them soak for a minimum of 6 hours, or overnight. You will notice they have turned a bit gooey after soaking. Simply rinse them and then proceed to cook them on your stove top. Bring them to a boil and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until softened. If you don't soak them, you definitely want to rinse the groats thoroughly before cooking.
Kale, cabbage, and avocado add some amazing health benefits as well. Top it with some cashew cream and a variety of nuts and/or seeds to complete this bowl of health.
2 cups buckwheat groats, cooked
3 cups butternut squash, cubed and roasted
2 Tbs coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
4 cups packed kale, stems removed
1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
1 avocado, diced
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, toss the cubed butternut squash with the coconut oil, sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place the mixture on the baking sheet and roast for about 25 minutes, or until for tender.
3. Cook your buckwheat groats by placing 2 cups of groats and 4 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain off any excess liquid. I also rinse my groats after cooking them- just my preference though. Prepare the veggies, and steam or sauté the kale.
4. Assemble the bowls by placing the buckwheat at the base of the bowl. Then add the kale and butternut squash. Sprinkle on the cabbage, green onions, and avocado. Top with cashew cream, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Makes 2 bowls.