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Why I'm loving making Buddha bowls for dinner!

Vegan-bowls

Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with dinners, week after week, after week, after week. You know how it goes. An average of 30 dinners per month that you need to figure out what to make, unless you are going to be doing a lot of dining out. Most people get stuck in a rut and want to try something else. My new thing is making "Buddha bowls" for dinner once a week. Making a healthy dinner Buddha bowl makes the food more interesting, and it looks great in the bowl.

Some people refer to them as hippie bowls or macro bowls, but a Buddha bowl is just a healthy dinner that is served in a shallow bowl. I have two larger ones for me and my husband, and then I found some nice smaller size ones at Old Time Pottery in Daytona Beach for the kids. They are the perfect size for them and they were only around $2 each.

The great thing about making bowls is that you can get creative with what you put into it. You want to add a protein, grain, and veggies, but you can also drizzle a sauce over the top, and you can change up what you put into it each time. You can make themed bowls (Italian, Indian, Mediterranean, etc.), or you can have some of your favorites in there. I love to use quinoa, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, and couscous when making mine.

Here's the interesting thing - my kids seem to love the Buddha bowls and eat everything I put in it. Yet I can put the same things on a plate and they won't be as excited. So once a week, it's bowl night, where I make a healthy dinner bowl recipe of my own creating (although I do have a bowl cookbook I used it for ideas, but haven't used one recipe in it yet). I arrange it in the bowl so that it looks nice and dinner is served!

Above is a picture of the vegan Buddha bowl that we had last night, which contains gardein beefless tips, quinoa, mix of steamed spinach/chard/kale, and roasted cauliflower. Delicious, easy to make, and nutritious!

- Jacqueline


Get Forked Friday: Simple Pasta with White Wine Recipe

Pasta

Simple Pasta with White Wine

This dish is for the busy family! No time to make dinner? This is fast easy AND delicious!

What you need

• 1 box of angel hair Pasta
• 6 cloves of fresh garlic, I like mine sliced thinly but you can chop or mince it to, whatever you like
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted golden
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• Approx. 10 Cherry tomatoes left whole
• 1 cup of white wine
Optional: Your favorite Italian seasoning Salt and Pepper to taste Parmesan Cheese freshly grated
3 leaves of fresh basil

What to do: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil for pasta. In a small saucepan cook garlic in oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened Add pine nuts, Salt and Pepper. Add Lemon Juice, White Wine and Whatever seasoning you choose, if you choose. Reduce wine by approx. half and add tomatoes. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, Pull pasta out with tongs, not completely draining and add to the mixture in sauce pan, toss the pasta until well coated. Grate Parmesan on the pasta and rip fresh basil into pieces and sprinkle on top! toss once more, adding more parmesan to serve. This meal is so easy and yummy, add asparagus, broccoli or your favorite vegetable if you want to make the dish more hearty.

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Maria-mills-benatAbout the Author: Maria Mills-Benat is a Port Orange-based chef and has started a service of offering in-home cooking classes. She has a passion for cooking for others and has been doing so professionally for 10 year. Read full bio here.